With holiday traffic slowing up, we can finally start to take stock of a fairly busy Xmas period. A big thank you to everyone that paid us a visit over the holiday period, it was much needed and very much appreciated.
Taking a look at the sea surface temperatures this morning, wow is all I can say! That northerly warm current is fairly ripping down the coast, bring water temps way up. There are still a few pockets of cooler water stuck along the coast, but for the main, temps are up.
The flathead and bream have been on the chew this week, with most areas holding fish. The airport flats for good flathead and the odd whiting, the oyster racks and any structure for good bream, and the weed beds for good estuary perch.
Preddy’s wharf has seen several nice fish to entertain a lot of visiting families, while theses bigger fish are generally the exception, the local wharfs are a great place to start a young angler on their life time fishing journey. They offer a safe location and lots of school sized fish that young anglers can learn the art of fishing on. Small hooks, very little weight and a bait that stays on the hook, will keep everyone entertained.
Further up the river, the town bridge and the flats under it have been holding all the usual suspects, with bream, whiting, flathead, estuary perch and the odd Trevally all readily available.
Up in the fresh, the sweet water guys are having a heap of fun on bass, with the cicadas in fine voice on those hot summer evenings.
Plenty of whitebait in the river, has seen good flathead yet again on the chew, with a few mulloway also joining the dinner invitation. Whitebait has been the bait of choice obviously, so much so that several bait freezers have sold out this week. Good news, we have it back in stock. I prefer to fish my white bait on a small gang of hooks, as it can be a very soft bait, and prone to being picked off, the gang hooks offer protection if there are any tailor around also.
Four ways has seen some nice bream in the snags and flathead on the drop offs and flats being taken, not to forget the chance of Mr mulloway in the deeper holes.
The metal bridge at Bodalla continues to see the bream holding on all the available snags that line the river bank along this section, with a good mix of estuary perch up around the Bumbo creek intersection.
Whiting and flathead are also available on the rivers copious sand flats.
Rock and beach.
There continue to be good salmon on the beaches this week, with several small bronze whaler sharks caught and released around pedro point as well. With the warming currents now in full effect, the whiting and bream can be reliably chased using live nippers, pipis and worms as baits in the gutters in close to the shore line.
Moruya breakwall has still been the focus for a lot of anglers chasing a few salmon, trevally, bream and flathead.
The rocks at south head continue to hold a few drummer, and what has been speculated at as bonito brought down with the warm currents. Fish early for the these fun little tuna, with cast lures being very effective in fooling them. As with all tuna, bleed them straight away, and enjoy a very firm white flesh.
The run of Marlin for the game boats continue to ramp up, with many more boats out this week, and several fish caught tagged and released.
The flathead have been happy to oblige the inshore crews, while the snapper will be heading to slightly deeper cooler waters of around 50m now that the warm currents have really kicked in.
Weather wise, looks like we are in for a bit more rain on Sunday leading into Monday, with the wind looking to top out at under 20ks, which will make a more comfortable change this weekend. Mid 20’s for day time temps, not too hot not too cold. The swells are dropping to almost non existent this weekend, so boating looks to be on the cards for those wanting to get out this weekend. As always, check the weather conditions before heading out, as we all know you can’t really trust what the BoM tells us.
On a side note, we are again looking for someone to join the Tackle World Moruya team on a weekend casual basis. We are ideally looking for some a bit more senior, as being able to work alone on the weekends will be required. If this is something you may be interested in or know of someone that would be suited, please get in contact with me in store.
Stay safe everyone and remember, “every days a good day for fishing…”
Team Tackle World Moruya.