Holiday choices aplenty
  |  First Published: December 2008

It’s just great for the whole family in the Tathra area. You have theme parks close by, brilliant beaches surrounded by national parks and all the water sports you could possibly imagine – including fantastic fishing.

There are options aplenty. Offshore the game, reef and light tackle fishing is great, the estuaries and lakes are packed with fish right now and there are plenty of shore-based opportunities.

Passing schools of salmon will provide plenty of entertainment from the stones adjacent to the wharf around to Kianinny Bay. Lures are probably more fun when targeting salmon and larger predators like tuna, kingfish or bonito also like them.

For bigger fish try live baits fished under balloons and while you wait for a bite, throw some berley in the suds where bream or trevally will keep you amused.

Kianinny Bay has a well-constructed boat ramp and safe access to the ocean.

Marlin, tuna and sharks are harassing bait schools offshore this month. Trolling lures will account for most hook ups and allow you to search for where the fish are concentrated.

Once they’re located, work the area over thoroughly until the fish go off the chew, then move to other grounds or try live-baiting. Live slimy mackerel are best but a live striped tuna is likely to produce a good marlin or hammerhead shark.


Bottom fishing is excellent with flathead leading the way. Close in from most beaches, sand flathead in mixed sizes abound while out in the deeper water tiger flatties are prolific in around 50m along with the odd gummy shark.

The reefs north and south of Kianinny are producing plenty of snapper. They’re not overly large but their numbers are making up for this. Try soft plastics, especially after heavy seas when larger snapper and heavier pelagics patrol closer in.

We’ve had good prawn season (there will be good prawning in the last two weeks of January) so the estuaries are in terrific form.

This season many large flathead come out of the Bega River on bait and lures.

Most other species have also been on the chew with some lovely bream and estuary perch taken on lures.

Baits are producing just about everything in all the estuaries, especially some exceptional whiting.

A little way inland at Brogo Dam, the bass are all in an aggressive feeding mood. Evening and well into dark has produced some excellent surface fishing and when the fish are in this frame of mind, you can expect them to hit bloody hard.

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