Your up-to-date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya
In the river this week there has been some nice fish landed from the break wall right up to Yarragee and the common denominator has been the deeper holes or deeper edges. I really need to stress to you all when the weather is fantastic, ie clear skies, sunny, no wind, crystal clear water, you need to use super light lines and fluorocarbon leaders and fish the deeper water if you want to get the results in the river. Under these conditions the fish tend to become very skittish and spook very easily so be mindful how you approach your fishing grounds and down size all your gear. The guys that took this approach this week did manage to find a few nice flathead and bream up around the hospital and some very nice bream were landed at the mouth of the river earlier in the mornings this week. There are still tailor and salmon visiting the river and holding on the flats around Garland Town - generally early mornings before the sun gets up too high or late in the afternoons just as he suns dropping over the horizon.
This week Tuross is much similar to the Moruya with crystal clear water and water temps dropping to 14.5 degrees which slows the fishing in some areas. Graham fished Tuross Thursday and had some luck, however he did have to get in around the racks to find the slightly dirtier water and fish holding up under the racks. Graham’s father-in-law Jack was on board and did pull several lovely bream around 40 cm out of the racks at Turlinjah while Graham did well landing nice bream and flathead around the edges of the racks. Graham did do a quick run up the river and mentioned the water was much better out towards the backend of the system and he did sound up nice schools of whiting and bream around the four ways. I think one important note Graham mentioned was the use of a long light leader of 3 or 4 pound did the trick with the water being so clear. Graham was using his pigmy poppers , Jackson bottom magic and Prolure shallow cranks to get the better fish.
Above: Jack with a solid bream from the racks in Tuross
This week has been average on the beaches with salmon and tailor still on the chew however the average size of the fish haven’t been as good as the previous week. Big bream are back on the beaches this week so a worm bait or a pipi should be all you need to get onto these big yellowfin bream. Mullet schools are still around so I’m guessing the Bronzewhalers are still cruising around but to be honest I haven’t heard too much in the way of guys hooking up on these fellas. Jewfish have been quiet this week and again I’ve had no reports of anyone catching them this week.
This week has been okay out on the reefs with snapper, morwong and flathead filling up most boxes. Snapper have been caught on soft plastics in water around 7-9 metres around Tuross and Pedro point while the bait guys are still catching plenty in water ranging from 40-60 metres. Most of the sand ground are producing healthy bags of flathead with the wind sock and Coila beach being reported as the more productive grounds. Kings have gone off the bite but a few spear fisherman have reported seeing a few around but not of legal size. One interesting point though has been the report of a mass school of luderick hanging around off south head this week with most fish weighing in over the 2kg mark, so if you’re into chasing luderick this has to be the place to be.
Our freshwater report proudly brought to you by Adam Monday, our guru in the Snowy’s!
Winter is fastly approaching, so just a friendly reminder that the upcoming June long weekend is your last opportunity to target trout in the rivers - all rivers close as of Monday 10 June 2019 to protect the trout whilst spawning. The rivers open again on the September/October long weekend 2019.
Now is the time to target locations like Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers in search of that trophy sized trout. There has been several big browns landed in the Thredbo river over the past 2 weeks and lots of fish around the 2lb-3lb mark from the Eucumbene river. More fish are starting to show up in the Providence portal area.
Colours: Orange, Red or Pink are ideal for mimicking roe and attracting a passing fish, lightly weighted soft plastics, minnow style lures or Nils master or Celta spinners are perfect to entice a fish, “Celta style spinners come into their own in these locations”! Glo bugs are the number 1 option for the fly fishos.
25% capacity and falling. Bait fishing has improved with anglers seeing most action early mornings and late afternoons with fish averaging around 1.5lb-2lb, mostly browns but the odd nicely conditioned rainbow in the 2.5lb range amongst them. Worms, yabbies and Berkley’s Power bait range!
Boaters are reporting good things around Anglers Reach with Tassie Devil or similar winged styled lures standing out - yellow wings, pink or glittery colours being more productive. Large Rapala’s in the F-11 or F-13 spotted dog pattern is definitely worth trolling around in hope of stirring up an aggressive big boy.
The water is still up and down but holding around 77% capacity. Bait fishing around the township end is improving and possibly the most successful area of late. Mostly Rainbows in the 1lb-1.5lb range are showing up. The good old worms or Berkley’s Power Bait range is doing the trick. Trolling is still frustratingly slow with no improvement over the past weeks, covering ground, depths and running different colours and styles are your best approach.
Jindy holds lots of ex brood stock monsters including Atlantic Salmon and Brook Trout, you just never know where you’re going to tangle with one of these beasts so it’s always worth spinning the bays and rocky points. Even with the current slow conditions Jindy is one location that’s always worth fishing because you just never know.
21% capacity and falling again. The drop in water levels over the past weeks has left the banks very wet and muddy, so take your waders or gumboots. The current dewy mornings and cold nights has certainly made for some great fishing and I’m hearing and seeing nothing but good reports from all fisho’s. Most fish averaging around 2lb with the occasional larger specimen showing up. Everything from worms to F-13 Rapala lures are keeping the anglers busy. At present Tantangara is the pick of all locations so do yourself a favour and get up here while the actions hot.
Tight lines and remember “Every days a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya