Endless fishing opportunities
  |  First Published: December 2007

Tathra is great for a Summer holiday. The activities are endless with some of the best beaches in Australia and great fishing of all varieties for all ages.

First port of call when you arrive at Tathra is the historic wharf. If you have kids or a lot of child in you it’s a good place to start fishing.

All kinds of species visit here during the Summer, from hard-fighting pelagics through to garfish near the rocks, those ever-entertaining slimy mackerel, silver trevally, yellowtail, salmon, tailor and a host more.

But don’t expect to have this platform to yourself. If you don’t like crowds, look at other options in the area.

If you have family that like to go to the beach, there are always angling opportunities there. Most of the beaches are holding good numbers of salmon and of an evening there have been some excellent tailor, gummy sharks and the odd jewie.

In the shallower gutters some very nice bags of whiting, bream and mullet are being taken on beach worms. The best area is the north end of Tathra Beach near the entrance to the Bega River.

Adjacent to most beaches are good rock platforms easily accessed by a short walk. Baits like abalone gut, prawns or nippers will take a variety of species including drummer, blackfish, groper, wrasse, trevally, garfish and many more.

Berley, which may be as simple as some bread soaked in the ab gut juice, will improve your strike rate.

Rigs are simple with just about any rod-and-reel combo doing the trick. A small ball sinker running straight to a No 1 to No 4 hook with the bait of your choice completes the equation.

The Bega River is fishing very well. Flathead are feeding on prawns in the lower to middle reaches, providing good early morning lure fishing. Throughout the system bream are taking lures and bait.

The beauty of the Bega River for lure anglers is the diversity of areas and how you can fish them. If the lower parts of the river are not producing or you want a change, go upstream for bass, estuary perch, bream and mullet.

Some of those big bully mullet will take a small soft plastic ripped across them at speed. Whether it’s out of aggression or they think it’s food I don’t know, but it’s a heap of fun when one does hit a lure.


Don’t limit yourself to lures because the river fishes very well with worms, nippers, live mullet, fish strips and a specialty at this time of year, live prawns. The river is full of prawns so around January 10 grab your prawn gear get out therefore what should be the best season in years. Wallagoot Lake also has its share and they may be larger prawns than in the river.

Bottom fishing offshore is excellent with sand and tiger flathead dominating catches. Out from Bournda is producing well for the tigers with the north grounds best for the sandies.

While up north you might like to check out some of the reef complexes which are holding good numbers of reef fish. Goalen Head is the last point north coming out of Tathra and is a complex reef system running many miles to sea. Down deep you would expect to encounter snapper, kingfish, morwong and wrasses while up on the surface all sorts of game fish visit.

Try trolling a pattern of lures for marlin, yellowfin and albacore from 50 fathoms to beyond the continental shelf . Striped marlin will be hanging around the edge of the shelf feeding on the baitfish schools. For those with larger vessels, beyond the canyons is the place to chase those big blue marlin.

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