Tathra turning up the heat
  |  First Published: October 2015

The water is warmer and the fish are feeding in the upper reaches of the estuary systems – exactly where you should be as a keen angler at this time of year!

River Systems

The warm water provides prawns, shrimp, nippers, and small bait fish nutrients which in turn provide a wholesome food source for the predator fish. Estuary perch, bream, flathead, whiting, and luderick all follow this post-winter diet with the intention of regaining body weight after the cold season. The Bega River provides excellent angling up towards the brackish water and even into the fresh - whether you’re into lures or bait this is the place to be. Often these fish will be found mid-stream in the shallow gravel areas of the river where a good pair of sunnies is all the technical help you need to locate fish. Several fish may be taken from the one area before the rest are spooked. Once they have moved to another area - often not far away - the action is likely to start again. Move further upstream into the fresh and you are likely to encounter quite a few bass. Bass released into Brogo Dam escape down the spillway when the dam overflows into the Brogo River, this in turn flows into the Bega River. As a result the Bega is full of bass. As the weather warms up, any deep hole is likely to host many bass only too willing to attack a lure.

Beach and Offshore Tips

Currently there are other hot options on offer in the Tathra area - one of them being the local wharf. This place is a lot of fun, with locals and kids on vacation capitalising on the harvest. So what are they catching? Well just about anything, but the species that make the short list are likely to be slimy mackeral, yellowtail, trevally, garfish, tailor and maybe a salmon here and there. Small lightly weighted fish baits drifted down off the wharf is all you need to catch these species while cabbage weed fished under floats closer to the rocks may produce luderick or drummer.

Offshore - lets go catch tiger flatties! This is the time of year these fish start to congregate around the 50m water depth or deeper where drifted baits on the bottom will do the trick. The best areas are south out from Bournda -this area is famous for its flatties and doesn’t look like disappointing any time soon. The other advantage to this type of angling is that you just don’t know what to expect as other species like snapper, morwong, gummy sharks, gurnard, perches, and many more are all likely to make up some mixed bags.

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