Bega River fires up
  |  First Published: October 2010

The Bega River has seen many changes following the floods of early Winter, it is in excellent condition and the fish are just beginning to fire.

Structure is an important part of fish habitat and there has been plenty created in the form of timber debris, rock bars exposed and numerous new deep channels and holes to target.

With all these new feeding areas, the fish are making the most of it, as are other aquatic life forms.

New squirt worm and nipper beds have been established in the lower estuary, there are plenty of shrimp around weed beds and rocky outcrops, while the best news of all is there are plenty of prawns.

This season looks like one of the best prawn seasons in years. Whether you’re a lure angler or like dangling a bait, the Bega River is producing excellent captures of bream, estuary perch and flathead.

Most are being taken in the upper shallow margins where the water is warmer, with the early part of the day producing the best action.

Other species are encountered: Tailor in the deeper reaches along with an occasional jewfish, whiting and mullet over the sand flats, and luderick hang around the deep rocks.

Most of the nearby estuaries are also experiencing similar fishing so get out and enjoy.

From the rocks and beaches there is a little action on passing salmon, some excellent tailor and an odd jewfish. Bait is likely to produce bream, whiting and at night gummy or whaler sharks.

Plenty of drummer and luderick are to be had from the rocks behind the pub on cunjevoi and green weed.

There are plenty of silver trevally around Tathra Wharf, along with heaps of yellowtail and garfish. Out wider, there are flatties over the sand and passing salmon.

Off most beaches there are plenty of flathead, sandies in close and tigers out wider.

A lot of local anglers know the benefits of berley over the inshore reefs for snapper and there are plenty around at close places like White Rock (to the south) and Arragunnu or Goalen Head to the north, where the deeper water also produces morwong, perch, leatherjackets and more.

Quite a few anglers have geared up for assaults on those canyon-dwelling species out over the continental shelf. With the aid of electric reels they are bringing up some excellent table fish like hapuku, Tassie trumpeter, blue eye trevalla, ling and gemfish.

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