Spring bream in the Bega
  |  First Published: September 2008

The Bega River, which enters the ocean at Tathra, has always been renowned for its big black and yellowfin bream and as the weather and water warm, the bream fishing does, too.

Ways to target bream in this river are as varied as the people who pursue them.

Of course, lures are now the most tools to hook bream but various baits will also account for plenty and make life a little easier when the kids want to get into the act.

The bream are throughout the whole system with the black bream content in the upper fresh to brackish waters or down in the lower more concentrated salt sections, while the yellowfin bream prefer the saltier areas towards the entrance.

Bass are also on the move in the upper reaches and the estuary perch throughout the river. Both species have finished spawning and are looking to condition.

Warmer days will put the bass on the chew while the EPs may take a little more effort and plenty of moves to find a patch willing to have a crack.

While targeting these, anglers may be pleasantly surprised when a sizeable dusky flathead decides to strike and some of these fish can be exceptional. Since the end of commercial netting in the river several years ago this system is now renowned for its trophy flathead and increasing numbers of perch.

Beach anglers are stoked with the numbers of salmon, which can be seen moving along, allowing anglers a chance to sight-fish them with lures. This is a great way to pursue them, providing plenty of exercise as you chase them along the sand.

Mixed in have been some nice tailor while bream and mullet have been taking baits adjacent to the entrance of the river, along with the odd small jewfish, mainly on bait.


On the rocks, groper and drummer are the mainstays and there have also been good schools of luderick that can be taken on cabbage weed. Best areas are from below the pub through to the Kianinny Bay boat ramp.

On the wharf there is plenty of fun to be had with silver trevally. Small strips of yellowtail on a No 1 hook and a light sinker are all that is needed to acquire a feed.

The salmon are passing the wharf, too, so it pays to have a lure rigged and handy when they pass, or a small live yakka out under a float.

While on the wharf, see if you can sight luderick rolling on their sides near the rocks. If they are doing so, then they can be targeted with cabbage weed.

Out on the ocean, game fishing is non-existent and should remain that way until we have a change in water temp.

Reef and bottom fishing is improving daily, especially for flathead. Tiger flathead are starting to show in good numbers and should continue so up to Christmas..

It can be difficult fishing out wide although the class of fish is a lot better and there is the bonus of picking up other species like ocean perch, morwong, Tassie trumpeter and snapper.

The close reefs are producing a nice run of snapper to 2kg and plenty of morwong but you may need to move about to find them.

While you are doing so, try trolling a lure for those salmon. Even if you don’t like eating them, they make first-class bait over the reefs.

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