Firing on all cylinders this week would be the best way to describe fishing Moruya at the moment. Good numbers of whiting, bream and flathead all being caught in the system. Choosing your technique is the hardest part at the moment, as they are all working. Reports of rat kings in the river under the bridge have come to light this week, with a school of 4-5 40cm fish livening up an evening session for one lucky angler. Hooking up and staying connected was short lived though, as they very quickly found the oysters around the bridge pylons. These types of encounters, although rare in this system, do happen from time to time if the bait is around. Other areas around Preddy’s wharf have also been holding bream, flathead and whiting in the skinny water.
Steadily consistent is the best way to describe this system at the moment. Flathead, bream and whiting all continue to keep anglers engaged and happy. Jewfish have been reported this week also. Live baits or top quality fresh or frozen baits being the best options. Try the deeper holes around 4 ways or as high up as snake flat for a chance to tangle with this fun and tasty species. As we were writing up the report local Dene and mate just caught and released a nice 85cm flatty caught on a hard bodied Jackson Athlete.
Rock and beach
Salmon off the beaches have been few and far between this week, with reports all but drying up. Catches of good squid off the rocks have been reported, before the dolphins move in and shut the bite down. A tasty treat, and a good way to restore the bait fridge if you can find a few. Tubes for dinner, heads as bait.
Here’s hoping for a better weekend wind wise. A few boats managed to get out with reports of flathead and snapper over broken ground in 40m of water. For those heading south, kings off Montague Island have been running of late. Live baits, plastics, jigs or trolled lures can account for these hard pulling and fun sportfish.
Snowy Mountains Trout – brought to us by Adam, our guru in the mountains.
The weather has been unusually unsettled and for far too long with the occasional still day teasing us with what’s to come. The recent overnight and daytime temps have been up and down like a yo-yo. The most consistent thing of late has been wind, they have been upon us day after day, very frustrating. It’s dried out what’s left of the country side and causing dust storms, if these winds persist our poor farmers won’t have any top soil left.
Tuesday the 26th seen some crazy weather conditions up here with dangerous winds, some scattered rain and another decent dumping of snow in the mountains. The way this weather pattern has been of late could be and hopefully is a sign of decent rainfall in the coming weeks, I could be thinking positive.
A lot of our local rivers have sadly stopped flowing leaving pools of water that won’t take long to turn stagnant. The only rivers that are fishable and flowing well are Thredbo, Eucumbene and Snowy rivers and a few other small streams that are fed from snow melt.
The fishing reports for our lakes have been far and few between due to the darn winds only allowing a very small opportunity for boaters to launch and anglers to walk the banks. Even the dedicated spin fisho’s haven’t been braving the conditions to get out for a flick.
The weather forecast for this Saturday is looking fishable, around 23deg, light winds turning stronger again in the afternoon. Sunday will see a cooler change with temps forecast to be below 20 and low 20’s right through until mid week. Monday’s forecast currently has a top temperature of 16deg! “Welcome to the Snowy Mountains”!
Lake levels as follows:
•Eucumbene is sitting steady at 30% capacity. •Jindabyne is also steady at a lovely 82% capacity. •Tantangara Dam is down to 14% capacity.
•Lake Jindabyne would be my preference for trolling, hugging the shorelines. Jindy has been producing some well conditioned trout and salmon. •Eucumbene is fishing best in the low light, early mornings and late evenings from around 7pm onwards. Euc’s been producing lots of pan sized rainbows, especially as the sun starts to fade behind the hills. Bait fishing at night has been the most productive for all locations - worms, grubs, yabbies and artificial baits!
I can only hope to have a better more positive update for next week. I’m busting to get out and flick some lures around.
Tip: Remember if you’re struggling to hook-up, swapping up your offerings and retrieval technique can turn no action into netted success. Use the low light hours to your advantage.
Fishing soft plastics, using the same technique as you would for bream and flatties is one on my favourite techniques and can be a very productive session. Old school metal wobbler/spoon styled lures work wonders - trout love them.
If your heading up this way call into the store and and get yourself some Jackson lures, they have a huge assortment of lures from top water to deep divers and everything in between, these lures attract attention!
Tight lines my friends and fish for the future.
“Remember every days’ a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya