Moruya River The river is starting to settle into its cooler season fishing. Under the bridge after dark, just as the tide starts to run out good estuary perch are holding over the weed beds on the southern side of the river. Z-Man TRD Bugz on Ned Headz jigs worked well for me landing 3 good EP’s to 35cm before Mr Australian Fur Seal decided he was going to lurk under me and end my session. Any 2”-3” soft plastic on a 1/6oz - 1/4oz will work to tempt these scrappers. With some high tides coming well after dark this weekend, some late night bridge sessions could be on the card this weekend. Reasonable numbers of flathead are still being caught in the river, with the lower, cleaner sections of the river producing the best results. Try around Preddy’s wharf for best results. Good numbers of tailor are also being caught from the local wharfs this week, keeping the kids amused and providing a lesson for life. NEVER put your finger in a tailors mouth whilst trying to remove a hook, the buggers have razor sharp teeth!!! This was learnt the hard way by one of the local jetty rats this week, a lesson that will not be forgotten any time soon. Good numbers of yellow eyed mullet have been reported in the back waters around the airport also. These make great baits for the beach or river, now might be a good time to stock the bait freezer, they also eat ok I’ve been told. Being a sea run mullet, they don’t have the muddy taste the river mullet do.
This system is also starting to settle into its cooler season with the fishing starting to slow up. Unless of course you happen to be an Australian Fur Seal with a taste for fresh water conga eel. One of our customers was out chasing bass above Bumbo creek when he saw a commotion upstream of where he was kayak fishing. To his surprise he found a rather large seal dispatching a rather large eel before swallowing it whole. Danny Robinson was kind enough to email me the video, which can be found on both our Facebook and Instagram pages. The things you see!
Most fish being caught, are towards the front of the system where the waters are still cleaner and clearer. Flathead and bream are making up the majority of the catches, with a few anglers starting to target the Mulloway again. To date, no reports have come to hand.
Graham and Jack did well around the Turlinjah racks with a few bream on Jackson 70mm Athletes and Z-Man motoroil TRD Bugz. As the season cools off you can expect the EP’s to start schooling up around areas such as 4 ways, so keep your eyes peeled for them.
Rock and Beach
Sharks, mullet, tailor and salmon are the words on everyone’s lips at the moment. With the annual yellow eye mullet run in full swing, everything that eats a mullet is following the schools around. Tailor to 70-80cm have been reported on the beaches of late, with big salmon also in the mix. Those that like to target the Mulloway on the beaches that also follow the mullet are having a hard time getting through the abundant numbers of shark that also like a feed of fresh mullet. This weekend is a prime time to fish the beaches for Mulloway, with the high tides after dark. Fresh mullet, beach worms or a salmon or tailor fillet will all tempt these ghosts of the surf. I guess I know what I’m going to attempt this weekend. Drummer continue to provide tasty white fillets, for those who like to fish the rocks. The breakwall has seen a few small kings and really good salmon this last week. There would be no reason not to see the same good tailor on the breakwall as well.
As predicted, the flooding rains we had a few months back post fires, have kicked the inshore fishing into overdrive. Blue spot flathead have been described as in plague proportions at the moment, with one angler getting flathead that would normally be in 20-30m of water swimming in his burly trail on the surface in the same 20-30m of waters. The snapper have really kicked into drive as well with baits as well as 4”-5” soft plastics working well. This time of year, in my opinion, really makes for great fishing. The winds for the most part are settled, the days are still warm with cool crisp starts, and the fishing can be excellent.
We continue to be running the raffle for the Daiwa prize pack to the value of $449. The pack includes a TD Hyper rod, an Exceler 2500 reel and a hard top tackle bag. For every $50 spent in store, you will receive a ticket in the draw. As a bonus, for every Daiwa product purchased, regardless of dollar total, you will also receive a ticket. The competition runs till the end of April when we will draw the winner.
We will be open all weekend and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing ... “
Team Tackle World Moruya