Narooma doesn't have the deep-water rock ledges that are so famous north of us but some decent game fish still get caught local platforms.
Mystery Bay, south of Narooma, is this area’s land-based game hot spot and now is your best chance to tangle with a solid pelagic from the stones there. The water off the front ledge is around 8m deep, holds plenty of bait and is good to fish in northerly winds.
Some very big fish get caught there every year, you just have to put in the time.
Over recent weeks kings to 12kg have succumbed to live baits fished under balloons and plenty of others have been lost.
This month this action should get better, with striped, longtail and mackerel tuna and bonito possible opponents. If all else fails, salmon should keep you interested in between tuna bites.
The Golf Course Rocks in town are another option. Over the years plenty of kingfish have been captured there as well as the tuna. This area isn't quite as deep but still holds plenty of fish.
In the estuaries it's business as usual with Tuross, Dalmeny and Corunna Lake all firing for flathead to 97cm, mainly on soft plastics. Depths of 2m-4m have been ideal.
Anglers are getting their bag limits on 45cm-50cm occasionally, especially in Corunna.
There have been plenty of mulloway averaging 55cm-65cm throughout Tuross. I know of locals getting a dozen small fish in a session after dark on squid.
Luckily, the majority of fish are being released. I really hope that Fisheries do something about the size limit on mulloway; 45cm is a joke and the sooner they get it to 70cm the better for everyone.
There's been the odd Tuross jewie to a metre as well.
Bream and whiting to 45cm have been excellent after dark towards the entrance on yabbies and squirt worms. Anglers targeting whiting on surface lures are doing OK, with the river section certainly better than the lake.
There are some cracking bream on the flats with the odd decent flathead, while upstream bass and EPs have been good especially in the afternoons on surface plugs.
Some of the bass are nudging 50cm – definite release candidates. During the day spinnerbaits and deeper hard bodies fish slowly have accounted for fish, too.
At last Montague Island’s kingfish have decided to wake up and good numbers have taken live bait and jigs. Most are 4kg-6kg, with the odd fish to14kg, mostly around the northern end of the island and the Fowlhouse Reef to the west.
It’s common for these bigger fish to be on the surface chasing sauries around the Fowlhouse. They can become quite hard to catch but the best method I have found is to slow troll a large live slimy mackerel.
The water is quite shallow through this reef so heavier stand-up tackle is required. Seals can be a nuisance.
The reefs have been fishing well for months for snapper, morwong, sand and tiger flathead and smaller kings. Although the fish aren’t big, the numbers are certainly making up for that.
There have reports of gummy sharks around Brou and Potato Point on fresh striped tuna or squid.
Marlin chasers are having loads of fun with multiple captures common, mainly on lures but a few are falling to skip baits.
Rigged slimy mackerel and striped tuna are the preferred skip baits with a long drop-back required. This can be nerve-racking indeed because quite often a marlin will drop the bait if any resistance is felt.
It's a great way to fish and the visual side is awesome.
The marlin are quite wide-spread, with reports of fish hooked only a kilometre off the breakwall, but the majority of the action is from the 70-fathom line to the continental shelf.
On the beaches, bream, whiting and mullet have been OK but you do have to work for them.
Those doing best are using the freshest of bait and fishing light at optimum times. If you can fish a flooding tide on dusk you should have some fun at beaches like Brou, Narooma Main, Coila and Tilba.Reads: 901