This week has been better then the past few weeks with good reports of flathead around Garland town and nice bream throughout the system and the odd over sized whiting in there as well. The flathead were spread out across the flats towards the front of the system from the Quarry wharf right up to the break wall which was a surprise to be honest with some fishos reporting flathead up to 70cm, so I would say this area would be worth having a look at this weekend and try using over sized hard body lures as this weeks better fish come off hard body lures around the 8-12cm range. The bream have taken a liking to pillies this week and burly was the key to getting these guys biting. Most people had schools of bream around them on the flats but it took a bit of burlying up to get these fish feeding and a plus was that it also got the whiting active as well. Baits this week were pilchards, worms and blue bait and the lure guys were using the Nils master, Diawa double clutch and Jackson bottom magic.
Tuross was on fire this week for whiting on most of the flats around the entrance and the lake. People reported solid bags of whiting early in the week using worms and pipi’s on the out-going tide. Flathead were also in the shallow areas this week but the numbers were average suggesting the bigger fish and numbers were holding up in the deeper areas. Bream were not around much at all in Tuross this week from all reports, however if you’re a keen lure fisherman I would be down sizing my leaders and trying unweighted plastics like the Gulp camo crabbie or a ProLure grub in around heavy structure and I’m sure there will be a few nice fish caught using these techniques.
Moruya Break wall and Beaches
Salmon have been patchy this week but in saying this when the schools were found they were generally holding nice sized fish. Best spots for salmon this week have been Coila beach, Moruya breakwall, Windsock beach and South Broulee with the best method proving to be the trusty old metal spoons and slices!
The break wall has also been productive this week for flathead and pilchard is the key in this area to hooking into these fish this week. Some bream and whiting have also come from the break wall but the reports have been that the better bream that were at the wall have moved on. Sharks are still being caught at night off the beach at Pedro Point and the baits that have had the most success have been a big salmon bait.
This week has seen some good reports - we’ve heard of nice snapper up to 5kg being landed around Pedro Point and straight off the surf club at South Head in water from 9 metres out to 40 metres. The better reds are in close from what I have heard and soft plastics are getting the better results from all reports. The Gulp 5 inch seem to be the size the reds are liking in a curl tail pattern and the colours working best are nuclear chicken, white and pumpkin seed. Also there are plenty of flathead around and the best places to target these are windsock, Tuross and Congo. King fish have still been biting but mainly rats this week so hopefully the bigger fish come back on soon before it shuts down.
Adam, our guru in the Snowies shares the following report with us.
It’s now time to concentrate on the Alpine lakes such as Eucumbene, Jindabyne, Tantangara chasing winter trout as all rivers are now closed for the annual spawning season. Winter has arrived so dig out all your large lures such as Rapala’s range of F-11 and F-13’s or drop into Tackle World Moruya and the team will sort you out. It’s now time when the bigger lures come into play to entice those larger territorial fish.
The current weather forecast for this coming weekend is looking ideal with cooler daily temps, plenty of cloud cover and a slight breeze to ripple the waters.
Currently sitting at 71% capacity. The overnight temps are now well below zero with very brisk mornings and some decent frosts which will only get heavier and colder as the day’s pass and our winter conditions deteriorate, meaning better fishing.
Jindabyne has started to fish well especially for those keen anglers braving the temps and putting in the hours covering ground or trolling lures all over the lake, early mornings and late afternoons are seeing some good results. Pink colours have been the most productive this past week, pink is one colour that’s favoured by many trout anglers and will often produce fish when nothing else is working “I personally don’t know if it’s because the fish are shut down so anglers run Pink until they hook up, or because it’s a natural producer for trout” Pink works well! Bait fishing the shallow waters around the township end, Wanui Bay area and the Kalkite arm has seen some nice fish caught and released with the odd fish making its way to the smoker. Scrub worms, wood grubs and Berkley’s Power Bait are all getting good results in overcast conditions.
Sitting at 24% capacity. Eucumbene is fishing very well and producing plenty of nice browns and rainbows around the 2lb mark and there is some long slabby (skinny) browns lurking around feeding up on anything that moves.
Buckenderra, Anglers Reach and 7 gates have all been very productive areas of late. Bait fishos are producing fish using Berkley’s Power Bait on the top and worms on the bottom, yabbies or grubs are always a great choice. Gold coloured lures and metals seem to be the colour of choice especially on the overcast days. Targeting the edges and bays is the key to success and as the poorer winter weather and winds arrive the fishing only gets better in close.
Back to 20% capacity. This location is still fishing exceptionally well and is producing consistent results with some well conditioned trout. Everything from worms to wet fly’s and big lures have been keeping the anglers excitement levels on a high which helps to block out the cold conditions. No matter what your preferred method is for trout, the trout are on the chew up here.
Please take care when travelling into Tantangara as the roads get slushy and there’s plenty of moronic drivers entering and exiting this location. Keep your eyes peeled for wild brumbies.
Winter is that time of year we all like to hibernate away in a cozy warm home awaiting spring, except for us trout fishos we get excited, the coldest and crappiest days are the days the real fish come out to play!
Pack your winter woollies and mud boots.
Tight lines my friends and remember “Every day’s a good day for fishing …”
Team Tackle World Moruya