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Tackle World Fishing Report Aug 23rd

Your up to date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya

Moruya River

The river has been producing good numbers of bream, whiting, trevally and luderick this last couple of weeks. These fish have mainly been caught down around the hole in the wall with the bait of choice being freshly pumped nippers and worms. For those of you throwing artificials around soft plastics like Squidgie blood worm wrigglers or Gulp crabbies Camo colour slowly worked along the wall below Preddy’s Wharf on the in coming tide have been producing the goods.


Great numbers of bream and luderick are being caught in the snags above the highway bridge, again nippers or worms have been bait of choice. Whiting are being caught around Coopers Island try using shallow diving hard bodies like the Jackson 55mm or the 70mm Athlete with a long 6lb fluorocarbon leader. Bream are also being caught in the oyster leases using deep diving Atomic crank hard body lures or very lightly weighted soft plastics.

Off shore

Don’t go there until the swell drops but in saying this there is still plenty of flathead and snapper being caught out around the 60 metres of water straight out off Moruya.

Rocks and beaches

Same deal as offshore - steer away from the rocks until the swell drops - the big schools of salmon that are moving between Moruya and Binge at the moment aren’t going anywhere. Just in store a huge range of metal slices for the salmon and tailor!

Our snowy mountain report proudly brought to you by Adam – our guru in the mountains.

More windy weather this past week here in the Snowy Mountains with more snow falling around our Alpine Lakes, it’s this time of year that we do receive lots of unsettled weather. The winds have been fairly strong and persistent most days, churning up the lakes making the shorelines and bays nicely discoloured giving the trout cover and confidence to stick around the shallows fossicking for food. Windy one day and spring like the next!

I fished Eucumbene last Saturday with a mate in his boat, trolling and casting the entire day away. Early morning started out overcast with a nice ripple on the water which looked very fishy and promising, it didn’t take long to hook into our first fish, nice brown that we quickly released. By lunchtime the sun was out and the water had turned to almost glassed out conditions which slowed the activity up, we released around a dozen Brownies between us for the day, good old fashioned flatline trolling produced the goods. We ran a variety of lures, stand outs on the day were Rapala’s F-7 and F-9 in Rainbow trout and Spotted Dog patterns and Bullet Lures 5cm Black bumblebee. Most of the Browns are still a little skinny in the tail yet, their belly’s are full and bulging “gorging on yabbies is my guess”. Largest fish for the day was just over 50cm the bigger longer specimens just don’t seem to be getting around like previous winters.

Bait fishing has been the best and most successful method in recent weeks “good old worms enticing plenty of action”. Keep your bait fresh and don’t be shy of presenting your offerings within 2m to 5m off the bank, the trout cruise the banks looking for an easy feed.

Lure colours of late:

Solid Black. Solid Golds, silvers or glitters. Orange and gold mix. Rainbow trout. Spotted dog. Spawning Rainbow and Spawning Brown patterns. Lures and plastics with UV enhancements.

Fly fishos are getting into them at both lake Jindy and Euc, woolly buggers in varying sizes or whichever feathered and faithful hook you wish to present. With all these ex brood stock Rainbows lurking around it’s the perfect time to get your first trophy trout on the long wand.

Lake levels as below:

Lake Eucumbene has risen slightly, sitting at 25% capacity. The keen anglers spinning or presenting baits on the windy/choppy days are catching good numbers of both Browns and Rainbows. Keep in mind they have just released 150 ex brood stock Rainbows into Euc between 6lb to 12lb trophy trout!!

Lake Jindabyne’s sitting at 67%. Bait fishing is receiving great reports and from what I’ve heard there is lots of big fish being sighted cruising the shallows throughout the day.

Tantangara Dam rising again, currently at 21% capacity. I haven’t heard from anyone fishing here sorry, it’s possibly snowed in. A quick call to the Adaminaby Angler or Adaminaby servo will confirm if it’s accessible - it would obviously be 4x4 only.

As always, take extra care on our Alpine waters, wear your thermals and layer up and always check that your life jackets are in date and fitted correctly. If you are unsure, drop into your local Tackle World store for some professional advice.

Take care and enjoy some tight lines on some Snowy Mountains Trout and remember “Every days a good day for fishing … “

Team Tackle World Moruya

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