Weather wise, it looks like we are in for an ok weekend, day time temps are going to be around the 18-20deg mark with sunny skies. Saturday is however forecast to be a bit on the windy side with peak gusts up over 40kph from the west. Sunday at this stage, looks to be the pick of the days to get out for a fish.
The river has been a little on the quiet side this week, with fish numbers down a little. I would try the areas around the spur wall opposite the airport camp ground, quarry wharf and even Preddy’s wharf if you are looking for a fish. Live baits are a good option when things get harder, the Garlandtown flats is the best spot to target nippers if you are looking for some fresh live baits. These fished on light fluorocarbon leaders is a good option this time of year. You can expect that the local bream, trevally, Luderick and flathead population will find it hard to resist a fresh live bait. The deeper banks and holes along the northern bank down from the town bridge are also a few more spots to look for a fish hiding in deeper water this time of the year.
With the many branches twist and turns that the Tuross system has, finding somewhere out the the wind on Saturday, won’t be too hard. While a lot of anglers will be looking to the lower section of the system, that has relatively warmer water, there are still fish to be found in the top sections for those that know. Areas up the back like Bumbo lake that has a shallow mud base, can be a degree or two warmer in the cooler times of the year provided that the sun has been out for a few days. These areas may be worth a look after a run of sunny days. Also have a look at Borang lake towards the middle of the system as an option also.
Paddle tail style soft plastics fished and hopped slowly over these mud bottoms can net you some nice winter lizards.
Rock and beach.
Drummer and salmon are the mainstays along the coast at the moment. Any rocky headland, some bread burley and prawns on sturdy hooks will account for a few nice “pigs” or drummer. While the beaches seem to have good numbers of salmon for the surf fishers. The Moruya breakwall, albeit a fish magnet, does have days where the salmon aren’t around in any numbers. There have been a few of days like that this week, but when they are on, there are good numbers to be had. Wind sock always seems to hold a few numbers of fish in the good gutter located right out the front of it, while the rest of the beaches up and down the coast are also producing some nice big fat winter salmon.
I haven’t had any reliable tuna reports this week, so I am unable to say what is happening on the game front for the week.
There continue to be good numbers of both flathead and snapper taken in close this week though. The snapper are slowly starting to move into shallower waters, I would start looking at around the 20m marks and if needed move out to 40m. Flathead are available all year round, although their activity does slow up as the water temps drop.
The bait freezer is restocked, while mullet fillet and whole mullet are both non starters this week. We are stocked with everything else though, so you should be able to find something for the kids to go fishing with this school holidays.
Stay safe everyone and remember, “everyday’s a good day for fishing…”
Team Tackle World Moruya.