North, south or straight out?
  |  First Published: September 2007

Most people love a good feed of juicy fresh reef fish and those who live in or visit the Tathra area know just how good these reefs fish at this time of year.

Leaving Kianinny boat ramp, the first dilemma you’re faced with is whether to go north or south. Which direction the wind is going to come from is the chief decider so boaties can get a smooth ride home.

Both directions have good reef fishing and if you can’t decide, try some of the grounds straight out in front. Travelling some distance north to the last point you can see will put you off Goalen Head and some of the best reef fishing along the coast.

Slightly south of Goalen Head at Arragunnu is a scattered bottom of gravel and mud which will continue down the coast out from Wapengo.

Closer to home out from Nelsons Headland is some great reef structure that produces regularly.

South of the ramp, out from Bournda in around 50m, sandy, gravel bottom is a good area to drift. North of there and back towards the ramp, White Rock has some lovely reef structure which produces excellent bags regularly.

Often over looked is the mixture of reef, gravel, sand straight out from the ramp and mud which holds a variety of fish species.

What you can expect to encounter on the reefs at present include schools of blue and jackass morwong with reasonable snapper, ocean perch, nannygai, wrasse and plenty more.

Over the sand and gravel sand flathead and tigers will be on the shortlist. Gummy sharks will be found among the flatties along with some of the best red gurnard along the coast.

Around the wharf, trevally are dominating catches and should continue so right through to the school holidays. Ever-present schools of yellowtail provide plenty of fun and regularly passing salmon schools are larger targets. Tailor are present at night with barracouta also lurking around the pylons. Squid will be encountered there too, especially at night.

On the rocks between the wharf and Kianinny Bay, anglers are producing good bags of drummer on abalone gut, cabbage weed and red crabs.

Schools of salmon are providing some good beach action. Some of the best beaches are south at Bournda, the Main Beach adjacent to the river and Gillards Beach, north of Nelsons.

Simple paternoster rigs fished on beach rods with pillies or cut baits will account for any number of salmon but if you want excitement and exercise, try walking the beach with a light spin rod and a handful of lures and casting in the deeper gutters, it’s lots of fun.


Those Winter storms caused plenty of flooding which is now benefiting anglers through out the Bega system. Floods quite often breathe new life into an estuary.

For those wishing to target bass in the fresh to brackish water, new structure has been created. Although still a little cool for the bass, as the Spring warms up, so should the fishing with September likely to be a ripper.

Estuary perch also benefit from these conditions, moving throughout the river. Lures worked around any form of structure or weed will produce and you can expect to catch quite a few out of one area before moving on.

New channels provide plenty of feeding grounds and cover which bream especially like. Whether you fish lures or bait, the bream fishing could never be better than at present.

Flathead are throughout the system with the better fishing in the warmer shallows and with the likelihood of a great prawn season, fishing will only get better as the weather warms.

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