Following another season of flooding, the Bega River looks magnificent and quality fishing is assured for years to come.
Although we are now entering the middle of Winter and the fish have slowed down, there is enough to keep anglers well occupied.
There is some very interesting shallow-water bream fishing over the gravel beds and around seagrass patches.
On a clear Winter’s day these bream can be easily seen moving over the flats, where they can be targeted with lures or bait.
Try anchoring and making long casts with nippers or squirt worms on light line. Leave these rods in the holders to do their thing and work some shallow-running hardbodies to fish sighted cruising the flats,
But be patient, it may take time before you register a strike.
Towards the entrance the rocks adjacent to the boat ramp and the bridge pylons are producing some excellent luderick for the traditionalists who like to drift cabbage or green weed under a float. Some of the fish have been of excellent size.
Estuary perch congregate in the deeper water around the rock walls, where boat anglers can see them on sounders as they hang close to the bottom. Remember that these are spawning fish that must not be kept; there is a zero possession limit on bass and estuary perch until September 1.
There are also excellent luderick to be caught from the ocean rocks, especially down behind the pub and towards Tathra Wharf. Cabbage weed will produce most but they also have a particular liking for cunjevoi, which will also attract drummer, trevally, bream and the occasional blue groper.
Also patrolling these rocky shores are salmon, tailor and the odd kingfish, all of which like lures and blue pilchards or yellowtail fillets.
The yellowtail can be acquired on nearby Tathra Wharf, where there also are slimy mackerel, silver trevally and big Winter garfish.
Drummer and luderick may also be around, as will passing salmon, tailor and kingfish. It is also a good time to make long casts with heavy sinkers out to where sand flathead and the occasional gummy shark patrol.
The beaches are relatively quiet with the best options again salmon and the odd yellowfin bream. Bream berley may also attract a few mullet and the odd trevally. Hardy night fishos are likely to encounter tailor, the odd jewfish and small whaler or gummy sharks.
The simplest and most popular way to drift over the reefs is with a paternoster rig for snapper, morwong, ocean perch, pigfish and other species.
This method also works very well over the sand for tigers and sand flathead and gummy sharks. There seem to be plenty of sand flathead around in 30metres off most beaches.
Another option is to anchoring on the reef and berley to attract snapper to bait or soft plastic lures.
Out over the continental shelf electric reels are the go for blue-eye trevalla, hapuku and all the other excellent table fish. There are plenty to be found so all you need is a calm day.Reads: 1227