With the water being as clear as it is at the moment it’s no surprise the fishing has been tough for most anglers. All anglers are reporting seeing plenty of fish given how clear the water is but only a few have been successful in catching them during the daylight hours. There has been some big trevally hanging around the hole in the wall and rock walls leading to the break wall and sand worms were the stand out bait for these guys. The bream have been quiet unless targeting them at night using nippers unweighted floated along weed edges or across sand flats. Flathead have been quiet on all reports in the river this week with only a few being caught and most come from up past the hospital but size was lacking across the board. Let’s hope for some rain to help add some colour back to the water and stir things up to get the fish active again.
Again it’s much the same as Moruya this week in Tuross, tough. All reports for the best time to fish is at night or early just before sunrise. With water as clear as it is the fish seem to be feeding at night under the cover of darkness allowing them to push up into the shallower areas and feed without fear of becoming easy pickings for birds. Baits I would be using would be salted pilchards cut into cubes, sand worms or pipis. But if your a lure fisherman, down size your leaders and do long casts into structured areas while using scents like S Factor to increase the chances of hooking up.
Moruya Break wall and Beaches
Salmon have been the target this week off the break wall and beaches and most anglers did manage to connect with one or two fish, but that seems to be it - they were not in big numbers this week but at least the size was just above average so this at least compensated for the lack of numbers. There were a few nice bream and whiting coming out of some of the gutters around Pedro Point and the Wind sock on sand worms and that’s about as good as it got this week off the beaches and break wall.
A few nice reds were reported off Pedro Point and out wide off Broulee. The water depth was consistent from all reports of guys doing well in water up to 60 metres deep. Squid baits and pilchards were the pick of the baits, but if you like to target good reds on jigs then this week did see a few guys landing solid reds up to 4kg on jigs in water only 12 metres deep and some nice fish also fell for a soft plastic in water only 7 metres deep.
The following report is brought to us from our guru in the Snowy’s – Adam.
Well the recent weather forecast for a big cold snap certainly arrived late last week bringing some decent dumps of snow up top with bitterly cold strong winds down below, the lakes were churned up like a washing machine on full spin, this change in weather has dropped the water temps by another degree or two. “More high winds are forecast for this weekend!!”
Due to the current weather conditions not too many reports are coming in, although those very dedicated few who have braved the conditions are being rewarded, with most trout averaging 40 to 50cm with the occasional long skinny brown that has returned from spawning and now trying to feed up.
Water levels are as follows:
Lake Jindabyne is at 69% capacity with water temps of around 8deg.
Lake Eucumbene is at 24% capacity with temps between 5 - 7deg.
Tantangara Dam is back to 20%, water temp is very cold.
Always check the current road & weather conditions during winter and take extra care on the waters.
Tight lines my friends (and warm beanies) and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing …”
Team Tackle World Moruya