The river this week has been very similar to last weeks report, with slow gains being made as the weather and water temps continue to improve. In behind the hole-in-the -wall there have been a few nice flathead and bream caught this week, with baits seeming to be the preferred options. The water in and around the oyster racks in this particular back water is nice and shallow in places, with an abundance of nipper beds that provide an easy feed for smaller baits fish, and in turn bream, whiting and flathead.
There continue to be reasonable numbers of bream in front of the hospital, with the odd whiting and trevally also in the deeper holes.
As is always the case this time of the year, Tuross comes alive sooner than the other systems on the coast. Its large expanses of shallow sand and mud flats warm much faster than other systems, which in turn equates to an earlier flathead bite. This much has been true this year, with the majority of the flathead caught in the shallows. They still seem to be feeding on smaller bait fish at the moment, so 2-3” presentations in hardbody lures and soft plastics seem to be the go. As the season continues and the food source increase in size, then will be the time to look at bigger presentations.
The extensive rack systems that Tuross is famous for also hold plenty of bream this time of the year. Surface lures are one option that can be deadly on them. On a rising tide, with a bit of water over the racks, surface poppers offer a really explosive and visual style of fishing. Site casting to cruising bream on top of the racks is ALOT of fun. Heavy drag pressure to stop fish from bricking you is required to stop the loss of lures and fish that can and does happen.
Rock and beach.
Slow would be the best description of the fishing to had on the local beaches and headlands to date. The salmon continue to be conspicuous with their absence. Sooner or later they will turn up though. . Moruya breakwall has also been a bit quiet on the fishing front this week. There have been the occasional bream, trevally and flathead on the beach side of the breakwall for the bait brigade. But the lure throwers have had little to cheer about with an absence of salmon.
Hit and miss has been the one description of the fishing offshore this week, with a combination of weird currents and lowish (17 deg) water temps, the fishing has been tough.
We have received this week, a whole heap of dive gear from both Cressi and Ocean Hunter. So if you are in the market for hand spears, spearguns, floats, mask & snorkel sets, glove or booties, we will have something to suit your needs and budget. Come in and check out the range. Stay safe everyone, and remember “every days a good day for fishing...”
Team Tackle World Moruya.