The river received a good flush with the recent flooding rain, as have all the estuaries in the area. In the upper river the extra flow should have been good for the bass making their annual migration upstream.
When it comes to the beaches, the openings to lake Wollumbulla and the Shoalhaven River have been fishing well due to plenty of feed being flushed out of both systems. It has attracted salmon and tailor, and hopefully it will also get a few mulloway moving on the beaches after a pretty lean season. There were a lot of bream for a while but they’ve thinned out a bit.
In St Georges Basin the water has been very dirty but fish are still being caught regardless. The bream have been feeding on the bait schools, which have been concentrated in the more salty areas of the basin. Drains running in are also a good spot to check out, as the predators lie in wait for food being washed in.
When it comes to offshore fishing, there isn’t all that much to report. It has been quiet for pelagics; the yellowfin missed us this year. There have been a few snapper on the inshore reefs though, taking the usual baits as well as plastics. Along with the ubiquitous 5-7” Gulp Jerk Shads (and similar shad-style plastics), anglers are also getting a few snapper on Gulp Nemesis curl tails. Right out wide we’re seeing captures of tasty blue-eye, hapuka and ling for those anglers with electric reels. There are a few mako sharks around out wide, too.
St Georges Basin is still fishing OK for bream. Surprisingly, bigger flathead started to show up early, with a few anglers getting good fish around the 90cm mark. A couple of lures that have been working well on the flatties are the Samaki Vibelicious Thumpster soft vibes and Juro Astro Vibe 45 blades.
The mouth of Jervis Bay is a good option for drifting for flatties, and there are still good squid coming from there as well. There have also been a few snapper inside Jervis Bay in recent weeks, and that should continue.
With the river flooding allowing the bass to push well up into the fresh, October should see a good early start to the bass season.
It’s unlikely that the lake and Shoalhaven will stay open, but the fishing will stay good. We really needed that flood!
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