Your up-to-date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya
The river has fished a little slower this week but with the rain we received on Thursday afternoon that will stir things up and get the fish active. The flats at Garland town have produced flathead, salmon and whiting with the odd bream, however this area has struggled to produce quality fish. The better fish are still up the back of the system you just have to work hard to find them and then you have to work even harder to get the bite but if you stick it out you will be rewarded with some quality fish such as nice sized whiting, bream, flathead and if you're lucky the allusive estuary perch. Baits this week have been sand worms and white bait and the lures of choice have been the bottom magic for the flathead and the shallow running prolure for the whiting and bream
The lakes have slowed somewhat but saying that last week Tuross was on fire so really I’d say Tuross is fishing well. There’s still good numbers of baits getting around in the system from the lakes right through to the creeks that feed the system. Catches this week are still showing good sized whiting up the back of the system with bream coming in basically in all areas and the flathead have been stacked up around the four ways. As for the jewfish, well I haven’t heard anyone this week catching these fellas but I’d say there there still some around, so pick your tides and try your luck!
Prolures have been working well in Tuross as have the Atomic mid cranks and bottom Magic’s as for baits, pipi’s, sandworms and pilchards have been getting results.
The wind sock has produced good numbers of flathead and salmon this week with a few gummy’s starting to show up. A few guys did mention that night fishing has been the best times this week on the beaches so give it a try. The break wall in Moruya has fished well with a mixed bag of fish being caught from rat kings to salmon and nice luderick, with fish over 2kg being reported. Congo beach is fishing well and if you're any good at catching beach worms then this is the place to get them this week with fat healthy worms being caught on the beach this week and trust me the fish are loving these fresh worms - the bream and whiting can not resist these baits at the moment!
The local reefs are firing! Great snapper are hammering squid baits out there with Pedro Point being a hot spot and out off the surf club. The morwong are still there, but I don’t think they get a chance to find the baits before the snapper clean them up. Some reports are saying they're getting snapper up to 8kg and I have to believe that because there’s been multiple reports of fish this size being landed - I just wish I was one of the people reporting this info haha. Sharks are around out off these areas with bronzies and hammers being seen regularly out there. Now here’s something interesting and might catch a few peoples attention. Long Tail Tuna have been caught this week around the reefs with one fish’o getting smoked several times on these fish so if you're out there and see the birds working it would be worth having a go and trying out your luck!
The Snowy/Monaro region has welcomed more rains in the past week. Friday evening we received 35+mm in Cooma with some areas receiving more. Saturday was cold/windy with rain, the alpine areas received their first dusting of snow including sections of Eucumbene. Sunday’s forecast was looking better & fishable. I had organised to meet up with a mate on Sunday morning & flick the wind blown edges of lake Eucumbene in the search of ‘hopefully’ larger trout. “my results were posted on here last Sunday” We had a very windy yet successful session landing 2 rainbows and 9 browns between us. all fish were safely released after a quick photo.
26% and rising. “May the rise continue” With the current rise in water levels, rain, wind and cooler temps of late will only lead to better things, bringing the fish in closer feeding along the muddy fringes and shallow bays. Metal wobbler style lures are ideal for working these muddy sections and shallow bays on those windy days. Reports gathered from other anglers in the past week has been somewhat impressive “all styles of fishing at present are producing good numbers and sizes”. Euc is the stand out lake this week and could continue to get better as the water rises and temps decrease. Bait: they’re telling me the fish aren’t fussy at present & have been chewing on everything including good old worms, yet yabbies or grubs have been the most productive bait and have landed the larger better conditioned fish. My colour choice for lures at present: Gold or silver. Orange/yellow. Fluro greens or yellow and rainbow patterns have all produced fish this past week, last Sunday other colours had fish following in curiosity but not striking. Remember to constantly swap out your colours and lures until you find a style, pattern or colour that entices interest.
Currently 79% and falling. Water temperatures are dropping daily with the current single digit overnight temps that will continue to drop The frosty mornings won’t be far away. This will bring fish in closer scouting the shallows and sticking around on those overcast low light conditions. And as the days become more dull and overcast these fish will cruise the edges throughout the daylight hours making jindy the perfect location for a fish. Nighttime and mornings until around 9am has been the most productive hours. Trolling tassies and Rapala’s in 35ft is the key to success as the fish are still holding deep during the day. For those looking for a relaxing day with family or friends on the foreshore, worms & Berkley power bait is doing the trick. The anglers keeping a few fish for a feed have reported most fish are full of yabbies, mud eyes and weed.
Currently at 34% and falling. After the recent rains and the first snow fall the lakes edges are now slippery/boggy, 4x4’s can still get close to the waters edge, otherwise it’s just a short stroll. Tantangara is a beautiful location, set in the Kosciuszko National Park. “Approx 30mins from Adaminaby”! Lots of beautiful scenery along the way including native wildlife and wild brumbies, it’s certainly worth bringing the family for a day or camping trip. “Check the National Parks rules regarding camping”! The fishing reports coming in over the past week has been very positive and similar to the previous weeks. “The fish are on the chew” Trolling, baitfishing and spinning are still reporting good things, especially when targeting the banks with the wind pushing onto them. The shallow bays with the luscious weedy bottoms are ideal locations to locate cruising fish and the odd lazy one holding in the weeds ready to ambush anything that moves. Metal style lures such as “Black Magic” rattle snake or enticers in 6 to 10grams are perfect for targeting trout. Scrub worms being the flavour of late. Orange/yellow tassies & Rapala’s X-Rap xr06 in rainbow or brown trout & the ever faithful spotted dog patterns have stood out.
High country streams:
These streams are always worth spending a day hiking, in the search of happiness and trout. Just check the rules/regulations for each stream especially leading into the spawning run. These streams are for artificial “lure and fly fishing only”! And make sure you check the local weather and road conditions before heading up, the weather in these areas can turn from sunshine to a blizzard of snow before you know it. This applies to all of the Snowy Mountains over the coming months.
My current lures of choice for the lakes consist off:
Rapala’s CD-5 in several colour patterns. Jackson lures in Trout Tune, Athlete 55S & Light Magic’s. Bullet Lures in the five-0 minnow & the 3cm bullet minnow. Metal lures in 3.5g to 10g. “Black Magic make some beauties as mentioned above.
Do yourself a favour and fish the Snowy’s & you might run into me walking the banks!
Tight Lines my friends and remember "every day's a good day for fishing ... "
Team Tackle World Moruya