The river this week has been a little hit or miss. There has been some nice sized bream caught throughout the system, but they have been few and far between. Down around Preddy’s wharf has seen a few fish taken with the hole in the wall holding a few nice bream. The odd trevally has also been taken, both off the wharf and in front of the hole itself. For those heading upstream, the odd bream has been caught around the front of Mogendoura creek. The flats under the Moruya bridge have been very quiet this week, with crystal clear water starting to turn up indicating dropping water temperatures and little rain fall. This will have the effect of making everything a bit spooky, as there is less cover from above. Running smaller hooks, fresher baits, thinner leaders and less weight to help present a more natural looking bait, is one way to overcome these finicky, spooky fish.
There have been a few reports of good sized flathead being seen from the southern side of the lower Tuross system this last week. The fish have been hard to elicit a bite from though, as cooler water temps have given these fish a case of lock jaw. Graham, whilst fishing with Jack last week came across a flathead of about 90cm that was sitting in 2 feet of water right under his boat, that refused all lures presented to it before it swam away. The estuary perch continue to be quite conspicuous in their absence from any reported catches this week.
The aggregation of luderick that was found last weekend around the boat shed, would have appeared to spread out throughout the system this week, thus making them a little harder to target. There should be the odd mulloway holding deep in front of the boat sheds, with live baits and lures working for these fine scrappers.
Rock and beach
Now that the big east coast low from last weekend has abated, there are gutters aplenty on most of the local beaches. With the landscape, or oceans scape having had a major change as a result of the amount of water that being deposited on the local beaches. This has had the effect of moving the fish around a bit from where they have been holding last week. In short, get out and explore!
There have been good catches of drummer from the rock ledges this week, as can be seen on the face book page. There have also been a few salmon landed from the stones this week, and we can expect to start seeing the snapper moving into shallower water, as they start to search for post spawn cuttlefish carcasses. Fresh caught or good quality squid will be the gun baits, with 5-7” plastics that resemble squid tentacles also being great this time of year.
There have been a few reports of snapper being caught in 30-40m of water, as have there been a few flathead also gracing the catch boxes of those who have got out post swell. Game fish reports have died off this week, so I don’t have anything to report on that front.
Tight lines my friends and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya