Angler spoilt for choice
  |  First Published: May 2016

The Bega River has many deep holes and with water temperatures cooling, fish will seek the deep water looking for warmer temperatures. This is when anglers need their electronic devices to search out the fish down deep.

Often at this time of year, estuary perch are one species that follow this pattern and once found, several or more may be caught in the one area before spooking. Locating them on the sounder may be the easy part, but getting them to take a lure or bait is another thing, so perseverance may be necessary.

Other species that are likely to also frequent the deeper sections are bream, flathead, mulloway, tailor or even at this time of year, Australian bass prior to their breeding season.

If chasing tuna is your style, then it won’t get any better than now. Whether you’re land-based or have a boat, there are tuna to be found all along the coast. Offshore anglers can expect to encounter yellowfin tuna in good numbers. You can target them by trolling or cubing in berley trails, and generally the wider you go, the better your chances. For most, Tathra Canyons are the pick of the spots.

Mixed in with the yellowfin are albacore, striped tuna and more recently, big eye tuna, which up until now have been a very rare catch, but are featuring more often.

Not to be outdone, marlin are still around in numbers while makos, blues and whaler sharks readily appear in berley trails.

If you are shore-based, tuna can be taken from the rocks adjacent to the wharf on live baits or lures. These species not only include yellowfin, you are also likely to find bonito, northern blues, stripies, frigates, kingfish and salmon. Frigates and salmon often get deployed by locals on a wire trace under balloons in search of one of the many whaler sharks that patrol the shoreline.

While on the rocks, you may like to target some of the many drummer that call this part of the coast home. Try using cunjevoi or cabbage weed, add some berley and you could find yourself mixing with solid trevally or bream.

These trevally are prolific around Tathra Wharf at present, providing plenty of entertainment for kids and adults alike. Keeping the fun going are slimy mackerel, yellowtail, garfish near the rocks and salmon or tailor, usually at night, while kingfish are always a chance on live bait.

There are plenty of options for those who like fishing the bottom offshore with large numbers of both sand and tiger flathead to be taken. Out from most beaches, you will find the sandies while further afield in 50m and deeper, the tigers are on the chew.

Snapper are showing more readily now down south out from White Rock and north out from Nelsons Headland. Drifting, anchoring and berleying, or when conditions allow, jigging with plastics will account for most. Mowies will feature in your bags and on some of the wider reefs close to the Continental Shelf, big Tassie trumpeter can be targeted.

Another option not yet touched on is the magnificent beach fishing on offer. The main beach will host most species which include bream, whiting, mullet, salmon and tailor but by exploring some of the other beaches like Bournda South or Gillards and Middle to the north, you may find yourself with less competition.

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