Leatherjackets are giving everyone a headache on most of the popular reefs making it difficult to get the better quality species. The best fishing is for Flathead on the inshore grounds close to most beaches. North off Tilba is providing the best with a few good quality Gummy Sharks also being taken.


Fluctuating water temps has a changing of the guards offshore in the form of lots of small to medium Yellowfin Tuna being taken around the edge of the Continental Shelf. There are also plenty of Striped Tuna and the odd Albacore, while the Marlin are still hanging in there with several fish being captured recently with the best 145 Kg.


Cooling weather is starting to see the Estuaries slow down with most of the better fish being taken in the lower reaches of the tidal estuaries on the change of the tide with the first of the run in. Bream, Flathead and Trevally have been the main stay while the purists fishing for Luderick are achieving nice bags on the last of the run out.


Salmon are dominating most captures both off the rocks and beach whether you use lure or bait . There are plenty of Bream, Mullet and Tailor adjacent to the rocks meeting the beach with a variety of baits working, like Tuna, Pilchards and Worms. With the cooling water some reasonable Drummer are being captured from the rocks.


Things are starting to get difficult with the land mass and water temps cooling. Trolling in Brogo Dam is probably the most productive at present although Lures of an evening after a warm day will still produce fish in the shallower margins.


Again those cooling conditions are having an effect in the mountains with the fish not rising as regularly as they were a month ago. Nymph fishing is still producing on the lakes for the Fly Fishos, while trolling is the most effective form of fishing at present.

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About The Author: Darren Redman



Bio: Darren Redman is an estuary charter guide for NSW waters (Bermagui) and has been doing so for some 18 years. He was the first legal operator, and is still operating, with Master V qualifications. He is also the founding and current president of the Far South Coast Bass Stocking Association which was created over 10 years ago for the purpose of stocking Brogo Dam with Australian Bass, which to date has seen over 210,000 fish released.

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