Lakes full of fun
  |  First Published: December 2012

The local estuaries are firing up nicely with the smaller systems like Corunna and Mummaga lakes are full of flathead that are providing endless hours of fun for everyone.

Both these systems are shallow with a maximum depth around 5m – ideal for flatties because the water warms quicker than the deeper systems like Wagonga Inlet, which are greatly influenced by tidal movement.

You will find the water around 24°-26°, with the shallower margins even warmer, especially in the afternoons. Flathead thrive in these conditions and whiting, bream and flounder are also on the cards.

Those casting smaller soft plastics will fare best and can work an area quite quickly. The flatties are averaging 40cm-50cm, great eating size, but remember to fish for the future and take only what you require.

Tuross has been excellent. I've done a heap of guiding there recently and over recent weeks we've managed a dozen-plus mulloway to a cracking 111cm. This solid model was taken on the ever-reliable Squidgy Fish and was one of five caught for the day.

There are some cracking flatties with the best I've heard of going 7.8kg and exactly 1m and was released in awesome condition after a few happy snaps.

There are still heaps of solid eaters to 55cm, with the Tuross River the place to fish.

Those after bream and whiting are doing well with all methods, with live squirt worms and nippers ideal for the bait guys.

Poppers, walk baits and small shallow-running hardbodies all work at times.

Wagonga lnlet has been a little slower but will improve. The channels are holding good bream, whiting and blackfish with nippers and striped tuna strips the top baits.


Sport fishers are getting excited at marlin season with the continental shelf, The Kink, Tuross Canyons and the Second Drop all worth a look.

A lot will depend on water temperature, current and bait activity but the early signs are good.

Albacore and yellowfin to 30kg have been caught on skirted pushers, while at Montague Island the kings averaging 5kg have been good but the seals are real pests. Jigs seem to be best.

Sand flathead, snapper, morwong and pigfish can be found on most reefs, with the south-western corner of Montague a good starting point. The flatties have been going great guns in 30m-35m.

Beach salmon have been a little quiet but there are some tailor upwards of 3kg around. One visitor bagged big tailor, salmon to 2kg and a lone gummy shark on Narooma Main.

This month we will see solid bream and whiting on live beach worms and pipis at places like Brou, Tilba, Narooma Main and Kianga Main.

Rockhoppers are in for a good time with salmon, tailor, bonito, kingfish and striped tuna all chewing.

Mystery Bay has been fishing extremely well. There's a heap of pilchards, slimy mackerel and yellowtail off the front ledge so a live bait under a balloon is worth a go.

Slow-rolling ganged pilchards will also work, especially on the southern part of the ledge.

Drummer, blackfish and bream are still on with Dalmeny headland and the southern Narooma breakwall worthwhile places to try with cabbage, cunjevoi and fresh prawns. Merry Christmas, get out there fishing and have a ball.

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