With the slow increase in water temperature starting to take affect, we have already seen an increase in fish activity in the lower section of the river this week. There have been reports of a few nice flathead starting to become more active around the impost flat as well as a few tailor from the town bridge down to the mouth.
Smaller profile soft plastics are still the go to lure wise at the moment, with the new Rapala Crush City Suspects and Imposter one to look at, as will the 3” Cast Prodigy paddle tails. You can expect to see the bream starting to become more prevalent as the water temps climb. There are already reports of a few whiting stating to show up in the lower section this week, so live nippers, worms or pipis will be the best baits at the moment. We need a few more degrees in water temp to get them interested in a surface lure. Fingers crossed we see a good whiting year this year.
Further upstream, around the town bridge, the Estuary perch have been school3 up in good numbers along the southern banks weed beds after dark. Unfortunately there has been a seal also camped up under the bridge making it hard to get the fish to bite. The flats in the middle of the river will be holding good flathead at the moment as well as bream and the odd whiting. Baits or plastics will work from the bridge after dark, with the later my favourite style of fishing as you can sight cast to the fish you want to target from your high vantage spot.
With the large expanse of warm shallow flats in the Tuross system, the flathead will be pushing into these this time of year to kick start their metabolisms after a slow cold winter period. Hardbody lures like Daiwa Double clutches, soft plastics and live mullet are all good options to tempt a nice flathead or two. The bream will also be starting to venture out onto the flats to take advantage of the warmer water as well.
Borang and Bumbo lakes are well worth a look this time of year as well in the Tuross system,as they both have a shallow mud substrate that warms quicker that the sand flats this time of year.
All of the major holes in the main channels are also well worth a look as the warmer waters from high tide recedes into them as it runs out. The drop off that drain from the flats or smaller feeder channels are all spots that concentrate bait into ambush spots for flathead, bream, tailor and mulloway.
Rock and Beach.
With the start of spring, the wind will start to become a governing factor on which beaches to fish. Unfortunately it something we just have to deal with this time of year until it starts to abate late November. Rocky points or headlands that offer protection from the wind will make fishing a little more comfortable for the angler, whist it doesn’t really have too much affect on the fish.
There are still good numbers of salmon and tailor on the beaches at the moment, and as the waters continue to warm, Bream and Whiting will shortly be showing up as well.
The snapper are still plentiful on most reefs for those wanting to get out and chase a few reds, while the flathead are also still on good offer over the sand patches between reefs at the moment.
With the warm current still pushing down the coast, don’t be too surprised to see maybe see an early season marlin or yellowfin tuna taking advantage of the warmer currents.
The winds will drop off as the weekend continues as will the swell, so a late weekend offshore session it going to offer the most stable conditions.
We are restocked with flares to start the summer boating season, so be sure to check the safety gear in your boat, as maritime make themselves know this time of year, and come in and restock if you need to.
The bait freezer isn’t looking too bad this weekend, while salted pilchards are non existent in the 1kg size, and extremely low in the 400gm size. Once gone they will be unavailable for the next month we have been informed.
Come in and checkout the new ranges of hard body lures and soft plastics lure we have in store and get kitted up for the summer season.
We still have 20% off RRP on all Shimano Sedona and Stradic reels to help clear them out, while stocks last as well.
Stay safe everyone and remember, “Every days a good day for fishing…” Team Tackle World Moruya.