Bream, estuary perch dominating system
  |  First Published: August 2012

It’s August, it’s winter, both water and land temperatures are icy and fishing is very hard at the moment. However spring is just around the corner and expectations are high; for now anglers must work hard for their rewards and they are there to be had.

The Bega River is probably the number one place to fish with bream and estuary perch dominating the system. There are many shallow gravel areas where bream like to hang out especially up around the entrance to Blackfellows Lake. These fish can be seen moving over the shallows as they fossick for shrimp, worms and many other river delicacies.

A well placed lure will often attract their attention with the bigger schools more likely to produce a strike. Schooling fish may compact to try and attack the lure while lone fish may not be as frantic. Either way, you can expect to make many casts.

If bait fishing simply locate the fish, make good long casts with baits like nippers, prawns or worms and sit back and wait. A temperature gauge is good here because a few degrees rise may be the difference in finding fish or not.

The deeper sections along the rock walls are harbouring a few estuary perch. Find them on the sounder and work them over with soft plastics or blades bounced along the bottom. Again plenty of persistence is needed to produce a result. All it might take as a tide change or a temperature rise to bring them on the chew.

You may find yourself catching a lot of tailor while targeting the EP. There has also been the odd nice dusky, jewfish and silver trevally appearing at the end lines.

Luderick are present around the rock walls and bridge pylons though you may have to revert back to baits like green or cabbage weed under a float.

Float fishing from the rocky coast surrounding Tathra is a good way to target a host of fish species. Garfish are a winter specialty, with some tuna oil mixed with fish frames as berley often attracting them in good numbers. A small hook baited with pieces of prawn cast out under a small float is all that is required to gain a feed of tasty fish.

The berley will attract other species in the form of trevally, bream, salmon, tailor or baitfish like yellowtail that can be used in future trips.

Drummer are also prolific off the stones at present especially late in the afternoon when the shadows creep across the water. Mixing with them are some quality luderick and a groper or two.

For easier access the local wharf will hold most of these species just mentioned with a few additions like passing schools of salmon and tailor, a flathead or two and some lovely calamari.

Lots of those tailor and salmon are frequenting the beaches providing some great action. Grab a light spin stick, a few lures and use the westerly winds at your back to target these fish – it is so much fun. For those brave enough to fish the beaches of a night are being rewarded with some lovely gummy and whaler sharks and the occasional jewfish.

For the boaties going to sea, don’t expect anything outstanding, especially on the game front. There may be a few bluefin tuna still lingering and the odd mako or blue shark, but nothing in abundance. If you are set up for deep water fishing with electronic reels you may like to target fish like hapuka, ling, cod and blue eye trevalla out wide over the Continental Shelf.

Your best option is either reef or bottom fishing in varying depths for fish like snapper, nannygai, ocean perch, morwong, red gurnard, flathead, gummy and school shark.

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