Fishing report Far South Coast NSW | April 5

The big kingfish remained on the chew at Montague Island last week but a distinct lack of current this week slowed things down.

Also a little slower offshore on the marlin front but a few lucky boats hooked up. Inshore reefs are holding plenty of green toads and leatherjackets, unfortunately.

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They were dodged by boats fishing south on the sand where good numbers of flathead were landed. Wallaga Lake has picked up a little with some landing nearly 40 legal sized dusky flathead on soft plastics recently.

There have also been some decent salmon caught off the rocks and beaches. In the other estuaries, the dirty water is making things difficult but there have been good whiting caught down the front of Tuross Lake on the flats using surface lures. 

More on that from Graham at TackleWorld Moruya let us know that the in Moruya River, the water is still a little dirty, but good fish are being caught.

Bream are being caught down towards the front of the system on both bait and lures.  Try using worms or mullet fillet also.  Prolure grubs in the motor oil colour are working well in the dirty water with vibes/blades in the deeper sections of the river.  Bass have moved right down the system, and are still being caught around Kiora bridge.

Back in Tuross, flathead are being caught drifting the channels with both bait and scented soft plastics. Bream out the front of the boat shed on blade/vibe style lures, worms and prawns.  A few jewfish are still hanging around in the deeper sections of the river, try using live poddy mullet on a slack tide and you'll be in with a chance.

On the rocks and beaches, pro staff member Nathan has been catching drummer and bream off the rocks at Bingie.  The beaches are fishing well for salmon, tailor, whiting and bream, as is the breakwall in Moruya.  Pilchards on a gang hook rig is the way to go for salmon and tailor.  Spinning with metal slices has also been very productive.

Tilba fisherman Ron Snape meanwhile went up to the high country and got a heap of rainbow trout on Powerbait. 

The week before Ron was beach fishing at Hoyer’s Beach at Tilba and went six fish to 3.4kg from eight throws. There were two patches of salmon working the beach, feeding on small pilchards the fish were taken on small metals.

There were still a few real good prawns about and the moon is right. He and wife Tralee got an amazing haul from a secret location that were moving like lobsters, with 27 to a kilo!

NSGFC report

The Narooma Sport and Gamefishing club is hosting a Junior Fishing Clinic on Thursday, April 13 and Thursday, April 20 at the clubhouse, 25 Riverview Drive, Narooma from 8am till 12noon.

Activities for 6 to 14 year olds include bait gathering, knot tying, rigging and learning to cast and fish on the flats. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, with rods and reels supplied. 

There are only 20 places available per day, so bookings are essential.

Contact Jan Hemmingsen 0412 100 596 or Les Waldock on 0411 392 608 to book and ensure a place. Juniors need to bring hats and sunscreen and a towel as they will probably get wet!

The club is pleased to be hosting this event for the kids as they have a good time and mostly they catch fish, some even bring home dinner and some get a little wet, but it is all in the day’s fun.   

The next NSGFC club outing is Saturday, April 22 from 7am. This time the trip will be to Cemetery Beach at the end of Sherringham Road, Tilba.

Beach fishing at its best with this spectacular beach and its gutters always producing some great salmon fishing. If you haven’t had a beach fish before novice are more than welcome, and president Les is more than happy to take you and show you how we do it, how easy and rewarding it is.

Just contact him before the Saturday or meet on the beach at 7am. See you there.

After the fish, at about 11’ish, club members and participants all meet where you park the cars on the headland, just below the cemetery, for coffee and cake, compliments of the club.

An outing is also planned at Wee Jasper in October, more details later.

Yes you can dine on any Friday evening  in the NSGFC Clubhouse, with everyone encouraged to bring a steak for the barbecue, something to heat in the kitchen or perhaps a pizza to put in the club’s pizza oven.  Lots of options so please consider coming and joining us for drinks and a chat. 

President Les gives a big welcome to new members Alana Hirs, Irene Bynon, Lyndall Wilson and daughters Isabella and Danielle Bunney, Anthony and Carol Bailey, Clive Parry, Bob and Janet Murphy, Eric and Kathy Teague, Anthony (Big Game Electrics) Nelipa and Libby Ward.

“It’s a pleasure to have you on board, I truly hope you use the clubhouse, join in some or all of the outings and activities we have and most importantly, enjoy the company offered. Please make yourselves known to all of us on Friday nights or one of our outings.”

In other news, the club’s DA continues to drag on and with nothing further since our last newsletter. Hopefully we will get this through the council soon! - Jan Hemmingsen

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