The whole of the Bega Valley, right from the entrance of the Bega River at Tathra to the headwaters, was transformed within a few short hours following the magic of major flooding.
This has changed the whole fishing outlook for the rest of this season and possibly many to come.
On February 5 Brogo Dam was 8% at 9am; by February 8 at 9 am the spillway was overflowing by 30cm. This is great news for us bass fishos and for the 20,000 bass released into the dam before Christmas.
Don’t be concerned that the mature stock may be lost over the spillway, at this time of year bass tend to want to swim upstream. If the flood were in June or July, it would be a different matter so enjoy the fishing and the splendour of a full catchment.
Things have changed all the way along the river down to the entrance with many new snags deposited and a change in the river bed formation.
For anglers, a whole new lot of options have been created. Bream and estuary perch will benefit from these changes and are providing good angling in the Bega River.
With the system now open to the ocean, fish stocks are moving in and out regularly and all species are on offer in the river.
Flathead in the lower sections are responding well to lures, while there are plenty of blackfish along the rock wall adjacent to the bridge.
The flood has also created some fantastic beach gutters and just about every species you could wish to encounter has been caught. Jewfish, sharks, salmon, bream, tailor and whiting have been the main captures with most of the beaches surrounding Tathra fishing well.
With the school holidays, Tathra Wharf is the place to take the kids to catch slimy mackerel and yellowtail to use as live bait for salmon, kingfish, tuna or sharks.
Out from most beaches are sand flathead aplenty, along with gurnard and gummy sharks. The wider reefs have been fishing consistently for snapper with plenty of morwong, nannygai and jackets.
In the past good rain in February has often been followed by a good tuna season –fingers crossed.