With the winter season starting to settle in, the fishing is also starting to slow in the river. The upper reaches of the river have slowed up considerably, with any fish coming from these stretches coming from the deeper holes. Baits and burley have still been working, as have slowly worked soft plastics or bladed style lures fished deep and slow.
The holes up around the hospital stretch of the river this time of year can hold a few nice bream and flathead.
Most of the action this week has been from the quarry wharf down to the river mouth. The water temp down here is still on the warming side, and there has been a few nice tailor still around. We can expect them to start to disappear over the next week or two.
The airport flats are still holding a few active flathead, as this stretch of the river is the warmest with the last of the warmer seas temps influencing fish activity. Expect to also fiend a few bream making the most of the slightly warmer temps before they retreat to the deeper holes for the winter.
There are still a few prawns to be had in Coila lake this weekend with the dark this weekend. Night time air temps are getting decidedly cool, so rug up If you are going for a few late season prawns. Realistically, this dark will probably be the last of the prawns for the winter.
The lower sections of Tuross have been the most productive this week, with flathead and bream still available to those who wish to use baits or lures. Areas from 4 ways down towards the river mouth have seen a few tailor also lurking around as well as trevally.
The further up the system you go, the slower you need to fish. Get a burley trial going for those using baits, or make sure your lure presentations are getting down into the deeper holes.
Rock and beach.
There are some big salmon running on the beaches at the moment, with these hard fishing fish constantly on the move, you may have to try a few stretches to find them. Look for deep well defined gutters and you will most likely find a fish or two. Windsock always has a good sized gutter that seems to hold a fish or two.
The Moruya breakwall, this time of year, is a great place to look for fish. It providers easy access to range of species, but the humble salmon is usually fairly easily found from the wall.
Drummer have been on the chew from the rocks this last week, and a good burley trail of soaked white bread, with prawn shells and heads, can tempt some sizeable fish right to your feet.
Offshore. There have been some very nice snapper taken this week, while the leather jackets have moved into around the 40-50m mark with some rather large fish being caught. They can be very taxing on your gear, with bite offs a regular occurrence. You can add a short length of wire grace if you want to reduce the chances of this happening. But moving into shallower water is also a good option. There are still some nice flathead to be taken in the 20m marks. For the game crews there have been reports of blue fin tuna around the 151 line, depending on where you launch from, this can be several hours of travel to reach. The rewards of a nice sized bluefin are more than worth the expense for those that enjoy chasing them.
After a very busy June long weekend last weekend, there are some holes in our stock range, with the bait freezer looking a little worse for wear at the moment. This will be rectified on the next visit from the bait guys. There are certain lines, but that during the slower winter season, we hold off ordering. So if there is something you need that we are out of, please let us know, and we can look at ordering it in for you.
The forecast for the weekend look to be ok at this stage, with no real swell or wind forecast, it looks to be a good weekend to get out and chase a fish or two.
Stay safe everyone and remember, “every days a good day for fishing…”
Team Tackle World Moruya.