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Your Tackle World Moruya Fishing report Dec 20th 2019

Moruya River

Full steam ahead for Moruya River this week, with all the usual suspects being in attendance, plus a few visitors. Graham and the IRT crew, who visit the river every month setting up on the town wharf for a spot of fresh air and recreational angling, witnessed, as they were setting up last Monday, a school of kings smashing up on bait fish. Unfortunately they left the scene as fast as they arrived leaving a few scrambling to catch a livey to throw out. The IRT team, as usual had a lot of fun, catching a steady stream of undersized black fish, bream, pinky snapper and the usual small fish that hang out around our local wharves. If you have a young family, and are in need of a safe place to take them fishing, look no further than one of the three wharves we have on the river. A steady stream of burley to attract the fish, some prawns and a lightly weighted small hook will account for an hour or two of action, perfect for getting a budding angler hooked on the fishing lifestyle - keeping the bites coming and the kids engaged, is the secret to making fishing interesting. No bites equal bored kids! Come in store, and we can point you in the right direction.

Flathead are still biting on soft plastics as well as baits. Look for your channels that have weed beds close by along with a drop off for best returns. Bream and whiting can still be found on the flats and amongst the oyster racks on a flooding tide, and blue swimmer crabs continue to be caught also.

Tuross River

Despite the diminishing flows in this system, it continues to produce good fish at the moment. The effect of tidal change and run in Tuross is minimal at the moment, so areas that are usually exposed at low tide remain covered for most of the day. In short, any time is a good time in Tuross at the moment. Fish can feed and forage all day now if they feel like it. Less run, will allow less weight and a more natural presentation of both baits and lures at the moment. Fresh baits will be the better options, with nippers and squirt worms doing really well. A live poddy mullet, will be quiet tempting for the local flathead and mulloway population, fished in the deeper holes. At time of writing a couple of mates visiting from Canberra have been catching and releasing good numbers of whiting and flathead with one big girl measuring in at 90 cm on the brag mat and after a couple of quick pics put back in to play another day. All of these fish were caught on a variety of surface lures in no more than a meter of water. With the up coming dark the prawns should be moving around in the shallows so drop instore and grab a new prawn light and receive absolutely FREE a new prawning net only at Tackle World Moruya.

Rock and beach

The beaches have been quiet this last week, or at least reports from the beaches have been quiet. Now that the warmer water is well and truly on us, whiting and bream from the close in gutters are a real option. Try pipis and worms for best baits. Squid off the stones continue to show up, with size 2.5 and 3.0 sized jigs the best options. Look for rocky broken ground with good weed cover. Shelly Beach has been working well for these guys


Good report of flathead in 30-40m of water continue to come in this week. With better weather windows in between the ever-present winds allowing anglers to get out and get a feed. Kingys have been reported in good numbers off Montague Island, so it’s only a matter of time till they show up on our local reefs. Good numbers of gummy sharks have been caught around Tuross with some quality mowies also out in the 40-50 metres of water.

Road closures continue to play havoc with peoples travel plans this week. Stay up to date with the live traffic app. While writing this report the Braidwood road from Nowra to Braidwood was closed due to fires, this will have anyone wanting to get to the coast from Canberra travelling via Cooma then the brown mountain and Bega up the coast, the long way round. Please be safe, have some patience, and we look forward to seeing you all, at some stage.

Snowy Mountains Trout

The weather has turned and summer has arrived. It’s been hot up here and more temps in the high 30’s are forecast for Saturday - Sunday’s temps are looking around 28 with light winds - Monday will see temps return to the low 30’s again, let’s hope it generates some evening storms. The countryside up here is getting more baron as the days pass. I personally don’t understand why there isn’t strict water restrictions in place.

Lake levels as follows:

• Lake Eucumbene - 30% and steady. • Lake Jindabyne - 81% and steady. • Tantangara Dam - 10% and steady again.

All three of the above mentioned locations are fishing exceptionally well, everything from bait to Fly’s. During summer the productive hours to fish are late evenings through to mid mornings. The insects are out in force so surface fishing comes into play, everything from surface lures to unweighted soft plastics and fly’s produce the goods. Yes trout will take lures from the surface, I use the same walk the dog technique as I would on the sand flats chasing bream or whiting, target the shallow bays and rocky points.

Good luck and send us pics of your adventures into the Snowy’s.

Tight lines my friends and fish for the future ..!

Remember “every day’s a good day for fishing ..!”

Team Tackle World Moruya

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