Bega River at it s best
  |  First Published: November 2008

The weather got warm quickly this season, bringing on the estuary fishing nice and early with the Bega River now at its brilliant best.

This system is now an angler’s dream with all forms of fishing available from upper sweetwater to the lower estuary due to the amount of food available, with prawns top of the list.

For prawners, down around the river entrance over the sand flats and around the weed beds is the place to go.

Wallagoot Lake south has plenty of larger prawns.

When chasing prawns, ensure you are on the dark of the moon, preferably on an outgoing tide. Even if a system is closed to the ocean, the prawns will sense the tidal movements and will start to swim.

Prawn baits, either live or fresh, give anglers a distinct advantage, especially very early in the morning, for bream, flathead, whiting, jewfish and others around the weed and drop-offs.

Around the bridge pylons, rocky outcrops and fallen timber there will be more bream and estuary perch and, farther upstream, bass.

From the stones there are plenty of bream and trevally being taken on bait while passing schools of salmon are entertaining those casting lures.

The inshore and deeper reefs have plenty of tasty fish with snapper and morwong top of the list. Between the reefs over mud or gravel there are large tiger flathead, gummy sharks and some tasty red or flying gurnard.

North or south, most areas are fishing well, just check the weather forecast to determine which way to head home with the wind at your transom.

The wider grounds have seen albacore, striped and yellowfin tuna in numbers around the continental shelf.

With the grounds a reasonable way out, Tathra is not renowned for its game fishing so the best way to find fish is by trolling. Head a few miles seawards then put out a decent spread of skirts and diving lures in mixed sizes to cover your options.

After a hook-up work over the area. Mako sharks are likely to accompany the tuna and may occasionally hit a lure, although if you want more mako action, drift and berley.

Brogo Dam is full of willing bass on lure, fly or bait. Mornings and evenings are best for lure and fly while trolling and bait fishing will work through the day.

Look for the bass herding schools of small galaxias against the weed; action can often be frantic with a decent score knocked up in a short time.

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