An almost untouched fish bowl
  |  First Published: December 2006

The area between Tathra and Bermagui is still relatively untouched. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this area or, more to the point, fish it, you should consider doing so.

Boaties will soon learn how good the offshore reef and bottom fishing is. It’s famous for its flathead grounds and none is fishing better than around Bournda, where large tiger flatties abound in 50m to 70m with some nice gummy sharks as well.

North out from Nelsons and Wapengo, sand flathead and gurnard are also in good numbers while snapper and morwong are getting caught on the reefs out from White Rock and further south, with the grounds to the north also firing.

Depths will vary so use your sounder to find small rises or pinnacles along the reefs and fish just off them.

Out wider marlin and tuna are following schools of slimy mackerel and other baitfish. The tuna range from the smaller stripies to albacore and yellowfin, with trolling proving the best for all tunas and the marlin.

The estuary fishing has been excellent for a wide variety of species. Bream are providing plenty of action throughout the Bega River on lures and baits. Look for gravelly areas around weed beds in the shallows.

It is proving a very good season for dusky flathead in the lakes and the river. Wading the shallows is particularly interesting, providing very good visual action around weed beds and drop-offs.

Don’t just use lures because baits such as nippers, worms and fresh prawns will also work very well, not only for the flatties but a host of other species. Speaking of prawns, have a look around the entrance of the Bega River on the dark of the moon for a kilo or two of these tasty morsels.

Blackfish are being taken along the rock walls near the bridge and around the bridge pylons. Tailor are patrolling these areas and can be taken trolling or casting small metal lures.

Jewfish are definitely worth a look on warm nights around the deeper areas near the bridge. Use fresh tailor strips, live mullet or squid and they sometimes turn up as a welcome bonus while casting soft plastics.

The beach adjacent to the mouth of the Bega River has some good whiting on beach worms. Mixed in are a lot of bream and large sand mullet. Salmon and tailor will be taken in the deeper gutters towards the evening and early mornings.

What Tathra holiday would be complete with out a visit to the wharf on the main point? Kids and adults are having a carnival here at present with a wide variety of species visiting the structure.

Large schools of slimy mackerel make up the bulk of the catch. They come in waves at times and it’s nothing to see almost everyone on the wharf hooked up at once.

Other species encountered are small yellowtail, trevally, salmon, tailor at night, flathead on the bottom, blackfish and drummer nearer the rocks and schools of garfish up on the surface. Be prepared because larger predatory fish patrol this area looking for an easy meal so maybe some heavier tackle should be on standby.

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