It’s the time when the land starts to warm rapidly and so does the sweetwater. From Brogo Dam, the river downstream and into the Bega system, bass and perch are there for those who wish to venture into some of the more remote areas of the region.
Lets start with Brogo Dam and follow the river down to the sea.
With the efforts of the Far South Coast Bass Stocking Association, Brogo needs no introduction and is now one of the best freshwater fisheries on the South Coast. Now is definitely time to start fishing it.
The better areas are likely to be around the weed beds up towards the back of the dam, where bass feed on aquatic life and respond well to lures.
On warmer evenings, fly fishing the surface is a lot of fun, especially if there is an insect hatch, while the bait fishos are also accounting for some nice fish.
In the river below the dam there are some holes accessible by foot for the adventurous.
Another tactic becoming popular is to kayak from the wall down to the main bridge on the highway. Anglers doing this have had some exceptional fishing with some bass exceeding 50cm. Some of this fishing is pretty tight so light, short rods may be required.
If you have a few days up you sleeve, you can even follow the river down further into the Bega system. This all depends on the level of the river and the best way to find out the height is to ask those in charge at the office of State Water at Brogo Dam itself.
Now your in the Bega River, things change. Most of the fish you encounter are likely to be in the brackish water.
Along with the bass you will catch saltwater species like bream, blackfish, mullet, estuary perch and even flathead.
As most seasoned anglers fishing these parts know, these species are at home in the fresh as they are in the salt.
Lures are the way to go, with a variety of styles working and for a little visual fun, try ripping small soft wriggle tails across the front of the big bully mullet schools and see what happens.
Down around the bridge at the entrance to the Bega River, flathead are on the chew with some very nice specimens to 80cm. These fish and other species have been feeding on the many small prawns in the system so on the dark of the moon this month, prawners should start having a look for those tasty crustaceans.
Other action in the Tathra area includes the wharf, where the kids are on holidays and serving their angling apprenticeships.
Trevally are the main species at present, with passing schools of salmon keeping most people on their toes. Mixed in are schools of yellowtail, luderick near the rocks and of an evening, packs of barracouta may lurk in the shadows waiting for a lure or bait.
Salmon are providing plenty of entertainment for beach anglers. Most beaches are holding good stocks with the best being Tathra and Bournda.
There have been some nice gummy sharks around the full moon along with the odd jew and plenty of tailor at night.
Offshore, it’s now time to concentrate on tiger flathead as they move in on this part of the coast and set up shop for some months.
Out from most beaches in 30m or deeper you will regularly encounter them, with bigger specimens from deeper water. If you can find gravel areas adjacent to the flathead grounds, other reef species like snapper or morwong will make a pleasant change from the lizards and provide some colour to the bag.Reads: 1956