Your up to date fishing report from the Tackle World Moruya team
The water temp is finally starting to rise, currently sitting just under 18deg. This will kick the estuaries into action as the warmer water starts to replace the cooler water that has made itself comfortable in the local systems. Expect this increase in temp to coincide with extra flathead, bream and whiting activity. Live nippers are a deadly bait for all estuarine species. They can be found on the areas local sand flats. A bait pump and bucket are the only tools required to find these dynamite baits.
Good numbers of drummer and luderick are still being reported down around the Moruya airport break wall. They can be tempted in the river with live nippers, or cunjie, prawns or even pilchard fillet off the break wall itself.
Good reports of whiting, bream and even luderick have come from the top end of the Tuross system where the water seems to be a little bit warmer. Estuary perch have also been reported from the middle through to the top sections of the system. Get your lures deep into fallen timber to tempt these hard fighting brawlers into a scrap. Just make sure your knots and leader are in good condition. Down around the front of the system, flathead, bream and whiting will be on the cards. Nippers, squirt worms, whitebait, prawns and lures should all tempt these bread and butter species into action. Just remember your bag and size limits so our fisheries remain a stable proposition for the future.
Rock and beach
With the arrival of the warmer currents, we can expect to see a reduction in the cooler water species and hopefully an increase in the summer species. To date, salmon have been hit and miss, with reports being few and far between. Drummer and luderick off the stones remain a viable option. Burleying with a mix of bread and prawn shells slowly introduced into the wash zones, will bring them right to your feet. A very lightly weighted peeled prawn or cunjie bait will tempt these sweet tasting brawlers.
On a disappointing note, I was unhappy to see that the angel ring at the end of the Moruya break wall, has yet again disappeared! Please people, if you see anyone stealing or damaging this infrastructure, do the right thing and report it to the relevant authorities. You never know when this life saving device might be needed, to save yours or someone you loves life.
We haven’t heard a lot from the offshore crew this week. Hopefully with the incoming warmer water and the school holidays about to start, reports, and the action will start to come in.
The following report is brought to us by Josh, owner, Tackle World Goulburn.
Hit and Miss - not the way I like to start a fishing report, but that’s how it is at present in the dam. Fishing in early spring can be a little hard but can also be very rewarding if you fish the right way. The best way to fish the dam at this time of year is from the bank or in shallow water no more than 3 metres. Most fish will be in the shallows looking for the warmth through the day. Try using worms from the bank - this is by far your best bet if you’re in a boat grubs or vibes around the trees and rocky banks - the slower you can move the baits the better the results.
Very quiet, Pejar Dams water level has dropped a little and therefore the fishing has been slow. The snow melt should of helped things cooling the water for the trout but that didn’t bring results - this could all change this weekend with another nice weekend predicted. Try using a Hester jointed minnow or Tassie devils from the bank these should find a cruising fish. If bait is more your thing worms are by far your best choice.
Good numbers of redfin in the lower parts of the river below Tefco most fish being caught on lures the favored being a red hester spinner or run a red squidgy. Drop-shoting close to the trees is the secret to larger fish - work the bait slowly and the action won’t be far away. Most parts of the river are fishing well but the favoured area is the lower parts from Victoria St Bridge down.
Spring is upon us, although you wouldn’t have thought so with the Antarctic like weather we received on Monday. Freezing cold winds with sleet, snow, hail and more lovely rain. We have received around 10 mm of rain in the past week or so, which is great. With the upcoming opening of the river season only weeks away, any rain will be very welcomed.
The trout streams officially open on the 5 October 2019.
The following report is proudly brought to us by our guru in the Snowies – Adam.
Lake Jindabyne is back up at 70%. If you’re after some fat feisty brownies Jindabyne is the place to go. It has been producing some exceptionally well conditioned trout these past weeks. Bright patterns are the flavour. Water temps around 8.5-9 degrees. Waste point and the western banks are productive areas to target. Plenty of fish are being caught on worms around the skate park and clay pit areas of an evening.
Lake Eucumbene has risen to 28% capacity and appears to be still rising. Old Adaminaby through to Anglers Reach is getting good reports from the boaters. Worms are picking up plenty of feeding fish throughout the day along the 7 gates arm.
Tantangara Dam is now at 27%. But “I’ve heard reports it is now locked out to the public. This is due to works being carried out for the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project. I am yet to have this 100% confirmed, I will have a full update soon.
Tight lines my friends, fish for the future and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya