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Summer fun at Tathra
  |  First Published: December 2015



Tathra Wharf attracts many children over the Christmas holidays looking to catch fish. This is where the famous ‘one more cast’ phrase must have originated in the pursuit of the variety of species that can be caught from this platform. These school holidays will see the trend continue not only for the kids but also for the adults.

The species available here this summer include the infamous yellowtail, scad, yakkas – whatever you may like to call them, are probably the dominant species caught from this structure and provide plenty of action, entertainment and bait for future excursions. You may also encounter slimey mackerel causing havoc when they turn up in large schools, attacking just about every bait that hits the water and tangling lines beyond repair. Trevally will be around and garfish are becoming more numerous each day. Closer to the rocks, luderick can be seen turning on their sides as they graze on the vegetation attached to the stones. They can be caught with the use of cabbage weed for bait. Heavier gear and sinkers, combined with long casts fished on the bottom out from the north east corner of the Wharf often results in a nice bag of sand flathead – not very sporting, but effective for the table. Tailor patrol the fringes of the lights fading out over the ocean at night and will fall victim to a well-presented strip of yellowtail. Larger baits fished on the bottom should account for the occasional gummy shark, skate or ray. With the warming water pelagics will start to appear to harass the bait schools giving anglers the chance to lure or live bait these larger species, which may include salmon, kingfish, bonito, sharks, other tuna species, and everyone’s dream of a marlin from the shore.

Offshore

Out at sea from Tathra, the fishing has been consistently good. For those who wish to fish the bottom and have a liking to put some lovely flathead fillets on the table, head out from Bournda in 50m of water and you’ll bag some sizeable tiger and sand flathead, perhaps with the odd shark or red gurnard thrown in. For those wishing to target reef fish, snapper and morwong are abundant east of Arragunnui, or Goalen Head north, in a variety of depths and the northeast trade winds will allow anglers a chance to catch some sand flathead out from Wapengo as they head home.

Game fishing is also hotting up with plenty of schools of tuna, mostly yellowfin and striped although the odd albacore is hanging around. Following them are sharks, mainly makos, with the odd whaler or hammerhead making an early appearance. Marlin have also started to show their bills, mostly stripes at this stage with the wider you go the better.

Beaches

On the beaches, whiting are in good numbers and are being consistently caught on worms with light tackle. The best spot to set up is the main beach adjacent to the mouth of the Bega River. There has been plenty of bream mixed with the whiting as well as some very large sand mullet. Most beaches are holding good stocks of salmon providing plenty of action while at night expect some reasonable shark fishing around the moon.

Bega River

Every possible estuary species is fired up in the Bega River providing great fishing, whether you lure or bait fish –you simple cannot get better than now. All through the system from bass in the fresh through to flathead at the entrance, this activity is a result of an abundance of prawns in the river, so now is the time to slip on the waders and get prawning.

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