Prawns running and predators following
  |  First Published: February 2016

Offshore from Tathra has some of the best fishing along the coast, especially if you like to target bottom or reef fish. With so much good ground to the north and south of Tathra how do you determine which direction to head?

Let the weather decide, if it is going to blow from the south, go that way and similar if the winds come from the north, where you can expect some reasonable fishing in both areas.

What’s up north? After leaving the entrance of Kianinny Bay, the last headland north you will see is Arragunnui. Just around the corner there is Goalen Head, arguably the best reef complex within this area. Here you will find a mix of reef fish, which include the much sort after snapper, morwong, perch, kingfish and more, all of which fish well at present. Pelagics are up on the surface in the form of small tuna like bonito, stripies, frigates and there are schools of slimies, which attract larger predators in the form of marlin and sharks.

Slightly south of Arragunnui, sand flathead are in good numbers out from Wapengo and Gillards beaches in around 25m water depth. Wider will have you in the mix with some very nice tiger flathead, gurnard and a few gummy sharks. There are more reef complexes out from Nelsons Headland, which also fish well. This area is worth a look for those large game fish. Tathra Bay plays host to plenty of sand flatties if you don’t want to travel too far.

Straight out the front of Kianinny there are a mix of reefs, sand and gravel bottom features. This area provides very mixed bags of a lot of species already mentioned.

Going south, White Rock is not far and provides good reef species, mainly morwong and snapper. You can fish wide or close to shore where jigging with soft plastics is often successful. Further south out off Bournda Island is flathead heaven. Most species are here in varying depths where they have been accompanied by some excellent gummy sharks.

There is plenty of action on the Wharf with slimies and yellowtail ever-present. Mixed in are trevally, some garfish, tailor of a night, while schools of predator fish in the form of salmon and small tuna are regular visitors. Some sharks are present, such as hammerheads and whalers and they often take a well-presented frigate mackerel under a balloon.

Most beaches are firing within the area and salmon are the most prolific. Tailor are a night time option along with mulloway, small whalers and gummy sharks. Through the daylight hours whiting and bream are in very good numbers, and are a regular catch in the shallow gutters on worms.

The estuaries are not to be left out, with the Bega River and surrounding systems all firing. The good prawn season is responsible for excellent fishing and there are still plenty in the Bega. When used live they have accounted for many large flathead, plenty of bream and estuary perch. To try something different, you can fish them unweighted in shallow water over the sand flats for whiting, this can be exciting and can produce some very big fish.

Tailor have grown quite large in the Bega River, and provide some good light tackle angling, especially at night. Some anglers have used fresh strips of tailor as bait for good results on mulloway and large flathead in the river.

Brogo Dam has fished excellent at night or early in the morning. Some of the fish there have reached a good size with 40cm fish encountered regularly. For some very exciting angling try surface lures at night. This form of angling can be exhilarating as well as scary!

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