Moruya river. The water is still running a little discoloured with the fresh water that continues to come down out of the hills, but the effect is starting to diminish as the salt levels are starting to increase with each tide cycle. The lower areas of the river are fishing the best at the moment, with the airport flats area, Preddy’s wharf area and behind the hole in the wall all showing marked signs of improvement. There have been good flathead caught in all these areas, with the areas behind hole in the wall also showing signs of a few whiting starting to turn on. Surface lures can now be dusted off, hooks replaced and leaders reattached for the start of some summer surface fun. We have plenty of options for all you surface fishos. Don’t be afraid to throw something seemly way too big, Bassday Suga Pens in the 120mm size have started to gain a bit of a cult following, and with good reason. We also have the 95mm size if the big ones are a bridge too far for you. Cast with the wind for increased casting distance, don’t be afraid to use the wind to disguise your presence. Whiting can be very spooky, so a bit of a broken surface generated by the wind, will get them to feed with a bit more confidence. For those wanting to use fresh locally caught live baits, the nipper beds around Garlandtown are still producing the goods, all be it in reduced numbers. It would seem all the fresh we have had lately, has had an effect on the numbers of nippers on the flats, take only what you need for your session, and leave the rest to repopulate the flats.
Tuross river. There has been some nice sized Luderick right at the front of the Tuross system this week. Try off the rocks at the very mouth of the river, as the fresher slightly dirtier water has them schooling just inside the river mouth. The flats around Potato Point have been showing good signs of some nice flathead and whiting this week, as the river is starting to normalise. As with Moruya, Tuross is improving with every tide cycle. In around four ways there have been some good flathead, bream and whiting caught. Further upstream around the Bodalla bridge the water is still fresh enough to drink, so it may take a little while for the salt to work its way that far upstream.
Rock and beach. The salmon are back in good numbers from all reports, so much so that there has been a significant increase in shark numbers off the local beaches. By now, most of you will have seen the news footage, that brought the south coast a bit of attention. Luckily these schools tend to move along fairly quickly. There may still be the odd one hanging around, so if you want to try and tempt a good size shark off the beach, now is as good a time as any. The Moruya breakwall, has been fishing ok this week, but the beaches away from major rivers, have been fishing better. Try around the Congo Bingie areas for best success. Local angler Liam Parsons managed a very respectable bream around the 40cm mark off the rocks last weekend.
Offshore. There have been good snapper, flathead and gummies around this week for the crews getting out the front. Try the usual spots around the 30-40m mark or the 50-60m mark for best results. One of our locals reported having a great white shark claim his share, (a 100% share) of a gummy shark that was being brought in last week. Luckily for the angler he managed a few more gummies to take home for the freezer. The tuna that were around, are now long gone, back out to the shelf areas most probably, it was fun for those who managed to get amongst them, while it lasted.
Keep your eyes peeled on your mail boxes, as our yearly Xmas catalogue is about to be delivered in the next week or so. Please be aware that the usual supply chains are severely tested at the moment, so even though we may have ordered it for the catalogue, there is a chance that we may not be able to get it for some time.
The trout was caught by the boss this week whilst getting a bit of fresh up on Eucumbene. This was before the wind near blew him back to the coast.
On another note, I’d like to say hi to the Crew of the Braidwood Fishing Club who asked if it was ok to share our weekly reports. We hope to see you guys and gals down here for a spot of salt from time to time.
Stay safe everyone, and remember “every days a good day for fishing...”
Team Tackle World Moruya.