Fun at the wharf
  |  First Published: December 2010

With school holidays on us, kids go fishing at Tathra’s historic wharf, just as I once used to.

There are all kinds of baitfish there to provide hours of entertainment for young and old, including plenty of slimy mackerel and yellowtail which love strips of fish on small hooks.

Underneath these schools lurk silver trevally, which take some angling prowess to wrangle away from the pylons.

Hanging around these sticks closer to shore are luderick, which can be tempted with cabbage weed, although the odd tackle-busting black drummer can sneak in to make things interesting.

Heavy lead is required to make long casts to fish the bottom for the sand flathead that venture close, and the odd gummy shark or shovelnose shark may also be encountered.

Those small baitfish can be floated out alive for predators like kingfish, salmon, bonito or small whaler sharks.

Anglers on the adjacent rocks are also mixing with those pelagics, especially with lures. Other targets include drummer, groper, trevally and bream.

Around at Kianinny Bay, you can berley up garfish, along with bream and trevally.

Out at sea plenty of kingfish are being taken by trolling, jigging or casting. It may pay to troll the coastline until you locate them.

On the bottom in around 40m, tiger flathead make up the bulk of the catch and sand flatties and gummy sharks add variety to the bag.

Around the reefs, especially up north off Goalen Head, morwong are in numbers, especially in 50m to 60m around any form of structure located on the sounder. Some quality snapper add a bit of colour.

Out over the continental shelf are albacore, striped, yellowfin and the occasional bigeye tuna on the troll; the wider you go, the better the action.

The legacy of the mid-year floods has the Bega River fishing brilliantly from top to bottom.

The fresh to brackish water has bass, estuary perch and bream providing good fly or lure fishing as they feast on cicadas falling from overhanging trees.

Downstream are flathead, plenty of whiting, luderick, trevally and tailor. Try live prawns at first light and hang on.


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