Improvement is the key word this week for Moruya River. The water has warmed to a point where the crystal clear winter water has turned a greenish colour. This is a great sign for everything that swims. It means more cover for everything in the system. More cover, means more bream, whiting and flathead will be cruising the flats looking for a feed, this puts more fish in areas we like to fish.
Under the bridge has been producing good flathead and estuary perch this week. A high tide after dark had me watching two very big flathead mooching on the flats, both these girls would have been around the 90cm mark. I suspect that a large live bait will tempt these girls into action, as they weren’t interested in any of the artificials we were throwing.
Jackson Bottom Magic produced a nice 50cm model that went home for dinner. Berkeley Gulp and ZMan 2.5” grubs produced a good number of fun sized estuary perch when cast into the shadows under the bridge or long over the weed beds. There are a few tailor also around the bridge as well as a few garfish. I’m keen to pump some live nippers and try them for the large resident whiting that like to hang around the resident rays picking up the scraps. All in all, good signs leading into the warmer months!!
Tuross continues to produce good fish. Good numbers of flathead were caught in front of the boat shed trolling diving hard body lures. Daiwa Double Clutches are perfect for this technique - 75mm and 95mm both run two metres plus deep, so are perfect to troll over the drop offs and channel edges. Run these lures 15-20 m back on braided line to make the most of depth finding abilities. Whiting continue to play with surface lures and fresh or live baits over the flats. Good reports of decent sized tailor in the system also coming to surface. With continuing low flows becoming the norm in Tuross, the usual tide stages for species such as flathead, bream and whiting will have less of an impact. Adapting techniques will be required to catch fish. This may mean playing with lure size, jighead weight etc to try and tempt fish into biting. Those that experiment and adapt, will continue to catch fish.
Rock and Beach
With the increase in water temps comes the chance of encountering bonito, kings and even tuna off the stones. Live baits collected early, before sun up and kept alive in rock pools will be the better of the techniques. Live or really fresh squid baits are also a very good bait option for the hard pulling speedsters from the stones. Come into the shop and we can run you through the techniques. Plenty of salmon still hold on the beaches with the odd tailor thrown in in to keep things interesting.
With the current winds continuing to blow, the offshore scene has been very quiet this week, as such we don’t again have much to report this week.
The following report is brought to us by Adam – our guru in the Snowies!
Well the weather has certainly been against us all over the past week. Hectic winds backed up with stronger winds and gusts reaching 80kph. On the upside there has been more snowfalls and a little bit more rain around the region.
These conditions have only given anglers a small opportunity to get out and around the lakes. Fishing reports have been quiet, as not too many anglers are braving these windy conditions and I don’t blame them. Those who have braved the winds while drowning some bait have been rewarded.
The outlook for this weekend is looking better. Temperatures forecast in the mid to low 20’s with wind gusts around 20kph. Next week temps are forecast in the low 30’s - things can only improve.
Lake levels as follows:
Lake Eucumbene is sitting steady at 30%.
Lake Jindabyne has risen to 81% capacity and looking very fishy.
Tantangara Dam has dropped to 17% and the fish are biting.
Rivers that are producing include the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee river systems.
Lures of choice for the rivers range from Celta style spinners, small Rapala’s, Daiwa Double Clutches and don’t forget check out Jackson’s huge range of minnow style lures plus their awesome assortment of smaller offerings that work magic in the small streams.
Tight lines my friends and remember “every days a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya