Just too many choices
  |  First Published: May 2008

Around Tathra you have just too many choices of where or how to fish. A simple solution to this problem is to pick one and stick to it, at least for the day.

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 the wider you go, the better your chances. Tathra Canyons would be my pick.

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

Marlin are still around in numbers while mako, blue 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. You might score a yellowfin and you are also likely to find bonito, longtails, stripies, frigates, kingfish and salmon.

Frigates and salmon often get deployed by locals on wire traces under balloons in search of the many whaler sharks that patrol the area.


While on the rocks you might like to target drummer with cunjevoi or cabbage weed. Add some berley and you could find yourself mixing with solid trevally or bream.

The trevally are prolific around Tathra wharf, 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 sand and tiger flathead. You will find the sandies out from most beaches while farther afield in 50m-plus the tigers are on the chew.

Snapper are showing more readily down south, out from White Rock, and north off Nelsons Headland. Drifting, anchoring and berleying or, when conditions allow, jigging with plastics will account for them. Mowies will also feature in your bag.

The Bega River is firing with a lot of the migrating fish like bream, flathead and luderick concentrating near the entrance.

Blackfish are being taken on green weed around the bridge pylons and adjacent rock wall on the northern upstream side. This rocky area is also renowned as a prime spot for the estuary perch that are also congregating in the lower stretches.

Opposite these rocks is a shallow sand flat that drops off into deep water where large dusky flathead and jewfish lurk. This is prime lure country or you can use bait at night.

Bream are also still holding in good numbers further up around Thompsons and Blackfellas Lake. Most people target them with lures in this system but baits like small black crabs, squirt worms, nippers or preferably fresh live prawns will produce surprising results.

Bass are still likely where the salt meets the sweet as they gather in anticipation of the upcoming breeding season. Lures are the preferred method. Once encountered, expect to catch several from the same area.

The main beach will host bream, whiting, mullet, salmon and tailor but other spots like Bournda to the south or Gillards and Middle to the north are also excellent.

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