The river fished average this week and it was the fishos hitting the afternoon sessions that were doing the most damage. Bream, trevally, flathead and salmon were all active later in the days this week and they seemed to like the deeper water around the 3 metre mark. They were taking a variety of baits and lures such as the bottom magic stick bait and Squidgie soft plastics and the baits everyone were using were worms and pipi’s and a small pilchard cube. Here is my tip - given the current conditions on the Moruya river, look for dirty water - generally the easiest way of doing this is to find the banks of the river that the wind is hitting, because this causes the wash to hit the edges muddying up the water, which then creates cover for the bait fish to move and the bigger fish know this and they will generally get up into this shallow water and feed actively. If your using bait try casting into the clean/dirty water line or if you’re lure fishing try using a shallow chubby style lure like an atomic mid or prolure S36 crank.
Tuross this week has fished much the same as Moruya, with the better fish coming on the chew later in the day. There is salmon hanging around the entrance to the system and are providing some good sporting fun on light gear and lures are the best way to target these fish consistently this week lures like the Arma metal slices are generally the best lure, however salmon will take a wide range of lures so try mixing it up as this will at times trigger these guys into action.
Bream and flathead have been quiet in Tuross this week but the fish that have been caught are up the back of the system where there is more colour in the water , bait of choice has been white bait and worms and soft plastics has been Juro fire baits long tail minnows with a hidden weight 1/20th nitro jig head.
Moruya Break wall and surrounding beaches
Beaches have fished well for bream, salmon and whiting this week and the best news is that it doesn’t appear to be in just one area, they seem to spread out across most beaches from the reports I’m hearing. Worms and pipi’s have been the standout baits this week on the beaches.
The break wall has provided again lots of salmon and a few tailor for the guys casting lures around out there and a story was told of a kingfish being hooked but unfortunately not landed. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise given the quality kings still getting caught off Montague Island because they do have tails and they do swim so knowing they have been around here is a positive sign.
This week we have only had a couple of reports in and to be honest they were not exciting at all. Few flathead about but not in good numbers and the reds caught were only around the 40cm mark but by the look of the weather there’s not going to be many boats heading out in the next few days given the wind and the die hard guys that might head out well they will be chasing one thing only anyway TUNA!
Freshwater – proudly brought to us by Adam, our Guru in the Snowies!
Not too much has changed on the fishing side over the past weeks, this is due to above average daytime temps, little wind and no rain (“yet”)! A cold change is forecast from Thursday throughout this weekend with plenty of snow and hopefully some rain below to get more flows back into the rivers so the trout can continue to spawn. Once the cold change arrives we will receive some bitterly cold winds to stir up the lakes edges and hopefully see a few more fish moving around.
Back up to 24% capacity, water temps still in the 6-8 degree range, which is above average for July. At this stage the winter fishing is still reasonably steady. Putting the hours in trolling and covering ground is producing reasonable numbers of both rainbows and browns mostly in the 40-50cm range.
F-7 to F-13 Rapala’s in Spotted Dog standing out and attracting the majority of hook ups from behind the boats.
Sitting at 69% capacity. Land based bait fishing seems to be the go at present with worms or Power Bait under a float attracting the attention. There has also been a few big ex brood stock atlantic salmon landed on lures from behind boats and from land based anglers, “these things are big ugly trophy fish”! Flicking Soft plastics of 30-160mm or lures in these mentioned lengths are perfect for attracting some atlantic string pulling action, peppering the bays and rocky points or troll the long straight banks.
Down to 18% capacity. Always check the road and weather conditions as this location can get snowed in, pack your winter woollies and mud boots!
Tight lines my friends and remember “Every day’s a good day for fishing …”
Team Tackle World Moruya