Your up-to-date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya
This week there’s been reports of bream, whiting, salmon and flathead getting caught in the river. Monday morning was a surprise this week with big winds blowing around 80 km at times straight down the river putting a lot of anglers off (Graham and I included), however the wind did drop off and the fish really come on the chew around lunch time with a couple of huge flathead falling to double clutches in the shallows around the 80 cm mark. The wind must have stirred up the water and muddied up the edges as these big girls come out of a foot of water across from Preddie’s wharf. The bream have been active this week as well with some bream hitting 44 cm in length, which makes them well over average for the river. Bream have been taking shallow crank baits slow rolled over the flats in water no deeper then 1/2 a metre. The trick is to find the flats with some breeze hitting them and low light is always an advantage for these big blue-lipped bream. Whiting have been schooling up around the bream and are always a welcome catch while targeting the big bream that are around so try casting a top water as well and I think you’ll get the rewards, but if your just after some good old fashioned reel screaming fun on light gear then stay towards the front of the system as there’s good sized salmon hunting around the anchorage and they are hungry and will take a wide range of lures.
The action is still hot in Tuross this week with most catching a healthy mixed bag of fish from tailor and salmon to flathead and whiting. The lakes in Tuross are holding up with big schools of bait bringing the bigger fish into the system looking for an easy feed, so if you find the bait you’ll find the fish and you should have no problem in getting a fresh serving of flathead or whiting this week. However if your more interested in the sporting side of fishing and like the challenge of pulling big bream out of hard to reach places then now is the time to put your lures hard into the timber or under over hang as the big bream are hungry but they’re not coming out to play - you’ll have to go to them and literally knock on their door. If your lure is not hitting the timber your not going to get the bites. I would recommend using Gulp pumpkinseed grubs or the Zman Motor oil grubs using a lightly weighted jig head or if you know how to read your sounder properly then you might want to try your luck sounding up the bream that are schooled up in deeper water and throw a few blades or vibes around.
Pedro Point has fished well this week for salmon and whiting on the turn of the high tide using pilchards and sand worms. Not many reports of flathead coming in from the beaches this week however they have been caught in tight to the break wall at north head this week with a few falling to the humble old pilchard and tuna fillet baits so maybe the break wall is worth a look at. Snapper have been caught off south head beach this week from the northern end of the beach around the rocks being the more productive area with squid heads being the choice and the use of burley always helps when targeting these snapper.
Snapper are still hanging around out the front of the surf club this week in water around 40 metres deep and there are some nice Morwong in amongst them which are always a welcomed sight especially if you like smoked fish. If you do then you have to try smoking a Morwong as they are great on the chew smoked. The sharks seem to have moved on from these areas but they do have a knack of turning up least when you expect them so have a setup ready in case as there have been some big bronzes around. King fish this week have mostly been around Montague island and there have been some nice ones landed around the 15kg mark but there are still lots of rats to get through to get to the big ones. Jigs have worked well this week as have live squid.
Snowy Mountains Report – courtesy of Adam our Alpine guru!
The Snowy/Monaro area has had some good and damaging rains of late with amounts varying with each shower or passing storm. Some recent storms had large amounts of rain causing damage stripping the soil from drought strewn paddocks filling streams with debris and sediment turning the water into mud. I walked a local stream on Saturday that was choked with flood debris and thick muddy waters from a very recent flash flood. It turned into beautiful boulder country that looks very fishy, I will return once it clears up.
Is running low like all other streams, but still flowing it’s crystal clear waters and is always worth exploring. Perfect for sight casting. “Fly and lure fishing only”!
This river has the potential to produce browns, rainbows and brooks and salmon, with some very large ex-brood stock fish lurking around. Now is a great time of year, especially on those overcast days.
Results vary but are rewarding for those willing to put the efforts in.
Celta spinners in 2 or 3.5g and Nils Master Bingo spinners are perfect for the fast running sections “Take a variety of colours” Jackson Lures, the 55mm Trout Tune & Cyarl Blade frogs would be my personal selection and a must have in every tackle box when fishing streams and bays.
Is currently around 37% capacity and falling. From all reports this lake is fishing the best and producing good numbers with some well conditioned fish being caught.
All methods have returned very positive results. Fly or spin the fringes and across the shallow bays has seen some good numbers of trout landed, both browns and rainbows. Trolling: Rapala’s spotted dog in large or medium size or Tassie Devil in either Tribal “106” or Limefrog “133” colours has been the standout this is past week.
Bait: I have heard reports of muddies getting around. If you can source yourself some you will be a step ahead of the other bait fishos. Scrub worms or Berkley power bait “orange or green” should entice a hungry passerby.
The lake has risen to 26% capacity and hopefully continues to rise as the fishing will only improve. Eucumbene is still fishing very well with those feisty little rainbows still cruising the shorelines hitting anything that moves.
Trolling depth of 30-40ft has been producing the bigger browns and the odd decent rainbow during the middle of the day. Those skirting the edges in the 2m depth range towing minnow style lures and larger “75mm” soft plastics have reported some good number of hook ups, one fisho reported 13 fish in 3hrs at 7 gates area.
Fly fishing at the moment is the best it’s been in a long time. I highly recommend a day trip.
Currently at 79% capacity and falling.
Fishing a little slower then the other lakes but is still producing - early mornings until 10am and 3pm onwards has been the most successful times. Flicking soft plastics, Rapala’s in 50-70mm, Daiwa double clutches in all 3 sizes around the rocks and shallow bays has produced the goods. Yabbies are the stand out bait as they are moving around of an evening, stealing the worms from your hook, occasionally ringing your bell’s giving you some hope.
I haven’t heard much on the fly report for Jindy which usually means good things. Those trolling the early mornings have had the best success. Very mixed reports in the past week. When Eucumbene is fishing well Lake Jindy usually slows down.
Tight lines my friends and remember “Every days a good day for fishing …”
Team Tackle World Moruya