As we enter Autumn a lot of changes begin to gather. Some of the estuaries are beginning to close to the ocean, there’s balmy weather around, offshore water is still warm for a while there is great fishing everywhere.
There are some beautiful estuaries around Tathra and now is the time to get stuck into the fishing they offer.
The Bega River has had an excellent run of prawns this season and anglers using soft plastic prawn imitations have had lots of success on large flathead and the occasional jewfish.
Other lures, hard and soft, are also working well in the lower river, especially early mornings.
If you’re keen to sample the best of it, get up before daylight and catch some fresh prawns to use as live bait over weed beds, along drop-offs and on rock bars.
Farther up the system, bream and estuary perch are taking lures, especially around Thompsons Wall and the entrance to Blackfellas Lake and there are some excellent bass up where the salt meets the sweet.
Wapengo, north of Tathra, is producing mixed bags on bait. Drifting the lake with live mullet is a good way to drum up a few flathead, then use fresh nippers and worms over the flats at high tide for a variety of species.
Although not noted for its game fishing, Tathra can produce some very nice fish this month.
Small black marlin often frequent the coastline and are within range of smaller trailer boats. They shadow the slimy mackerel schools and are easy to target with live bait.
Wider out you can find all species of billfish that visit our area. A spread of lures allows you to target marlin and tuna.
Trolling a live striped tuna on heavy mono or wire around the tuna schools can turn up large hammerhead sharks but don’t be surprised if a marlin takes the bait.
Around the headlands, bonito, kingies, salmon and frigate mackerel are providing most of the entertainment, while soft plastics jigged in deeper water are accounting for some nice snapper.
Excellent bags of tiger flathead are coming from down south off Bournda.
Just north of Tathra, out from White Rock, good-sized morwong and the odd snapper are available and sand flathead and gummy sharks have been taken off Wapengo.
The beaches have good numbers of whiting, bream and salmon. Worms are the top bait for bream and the whiting while pillies, fish strips and lures will take tailor and salmon. Most beaches are fishing well so just find a good gutter and have a go.
Down behind the pub and around Kianinny Bay there are good numbers of groper and drummer taking fresh crabs and cunjevoi.
It’s also time for live-baiting from the stones with that warm current hugging the coast. Longtail tuna can visit now, along with a host of other pelagics.
Tathra Wharf allows not-so-nimble anglers a chance to try their luck for these fish and the slimy mackerel schools there bring in the predators.Reads: 1383