FISHING . . . remember those days?
If you’ve resorted to wistful daydreams of windless days and peeling line over your bevvies because the weather will not let you go out and get your gear wet, you’re not alone.
Desperately seeking fishing news from anywhere in the shire has proven almost fruitless this week, aside from a few quarters where sheer determination has been strong enough to wear through the gloomy, stubborn rainclouds and send some gleaming rays of hope through for mud-stricken anglers.
Mallacoota, for example, has benefited from the rain and is fishing well for those chasing bream.
Pambula still has salmon, tailor, trevally and flatties in the lower sections and there are reports of blackfish entering both Merimbula and Pambula in large numbers after spawning, so anglers could assume a few mulloway will follow those blackfish schools in, too.
If it’s the jewies that take your fancy, there are good mulloway and decent flathead down at the front of the Bega River since the rain.
At Tuross Head, the weather has continued to keep fishos indoors, although a few have ventured out over the past week.
Stingrays have been the most frequently reported catch, however the odd legal flathead is also jumping onto the hooks of the brave.
Soft plastics in the shallows have been working well.
Whiting are starting to take bait in the mouths of the systems too, with worms and nippers doing the job.
There are plenty of blackfish in Tuross – although the bigger models are proving wily – while schools of smallish yellowfin bream have also moved in to make the lake their home.
Some quality silver trevally has also shown up through the week, along with a seal.
Coila has been heavily netted and is subsequently proving barren for recreational fishers.
Finding a safe enough platform for rock fishing is always a challenge, but the sudsy wash created by the recent weather means people will be looking to have a crack at the drummer.
Remember, always observe your chosen spot from a safe distance for a good time before deciding to fish it, don’t fish alone, do wear a life jacket and preferably fish near one of the angel rings.
And finally, for those participating in the Tuross Head Fishing Club’s Goblet Fish Challenge at Buckenderra this weekend, the bait fishing is picking up. Worms and yabbies work well for bait, if you can find them.
Check under rocks in the shallows.
Some innovative anglers are rolling their chunky cheese into worms and having good success.
For fly, the good oil is still to fish a fuzzy wuzzy on an ultra-slow retrieve. Good luck.
To connect with other keen anglers in the region, join the Tuross Head Fishing Club’s page on Facebook or visit www.turossheadfishingclub.org.