Report 20/12/18

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Report 20/12/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:14 am

The fishing is going great guns at present and l expect that to continue over the coming weeks. In the estuaries it’s been excellent with all species having a chew, it really just depends on how you want to target them. Those anglers fishing fresh bait like prawns or striped tuna are having great fun on bream, trevally and flathead in the main channel between the main bridge in town and the entrance towards Mitchies jetty. A few of the trevs are corkers at 50cm and a few bigger with plenty of bream around the 36-38cm mark. Some solid flats to 70cm have found it hard to resist a fresh prawn with fishos using an array of mid sized soft plastics also getting into the action. Softies to 80cm have been best with natural colours working a treat, fishing the draining tide seems best when the water on the various sand-flats has almost gone completely out. Try and concentrate on these deeper edges in the channel where the out pouring water enters, it’s not uncommon to get a handful of fish in a very short time in these areas. Further upstream in the main basin, the flatties have gone nuts on the weed fringed edges in 4-6 mtrs of waters. I’ve heard of some anglers getting a dozen or so solid flats up to 92cm in a session which is good solid fishing in my books. Again soft plastics has worked best, don’t be afraid to throw some larger lures around if a big girl is you’re target species. Up at Tathra the Bega River continues to produce with plenty of whiting over the flats. A mixture of surface presentations and lightly weighted worms baits has been the key to success. The rockwalls up near Thompsons has seen EP, bream and a few smaller mulloway this past week, mostly of softies hopped down the deeper parts of the rock-walls. Further upstream the bass have been very good on those thundery afternoons with surface presentations like jitterbugs and cicada imitations working a treat.

Offshore the bottom fishing continues to fire with snapper, morwong, flathead, leatherjackets and a few smaller kingfish coming from Long Point. Local charter boat Rathlin ll has had some great trips of late with plenty of fish caught. With this coming moon this action will continue and only get better but let’s hope the kingfish start to play the game a little more as they have been pretty sporadic of late. The fish have been there with plenty seen on the surface but they are hard to entice with only a few getting caught. Yes it can be very frustrating when you can see them and they won’t chew. Further offshore the first beakie was landed yesterday off Bermagui with a few other sightings as well. It was only a matter of time and with the good water still pushing hard south our turn isn’t far away at all. The water wide is 20 odd degrees, ideal withnquite a lot of bait from the 70-fathom line East. There’s still been a few smaller yellowfin tuna and albacore about but you will need to travel quite a few miles to get amongst them.

On the beaches the tides are dynamite at present and will be for the next 3 days. The salmon action is OK, not red hot with North Tura certainly the pick of the beaches at present. If you’re after a few bream then middle beach and Merimbula main towards the entrance have both produced fish with a few whiting as well. Better baits include beach worms, pipi and fresh prawns, try a little burley to it does seem to be making a difference at the minute.

Off the rocks it’s been the same for the last month now. Tathra wharf is the pick if targeting a kingfish, there’s been several 10 plus kilo fish caught this past week with many more lost which have been bigger also. It’s awesome to see these green back brutes in close and a few getting caught also. If the kings are not for you then Short Point has seen blackfish and smaller drummer on cabbage weed and fresh prawns. Burley has been useful for the bread and butter species with a few bream thrown in also. Up at Tura head salmon have been OK with some decent tailor and the odd smaller rat king to. Casting smaller metals and pilchards on ganged hooks is the go to method at present.


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