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NSW South Coast Fishing Report – Aug 2014



Written by Jo Starling – Jo Starling Creative


What a wild and wooly week for our region! The wild weather has seen extreme and dangerous coastal fishing conditions, which sadly claimed another rock fisher, this time in Kiama. It’s a sad but timely reminder to all anglers to be careful at all times when fishing, especially from the rocks.


Whilst many might look at the rivers after this big flush of fresh and think that they’ll never pull a fish out of the gravy, the fact is that the fish are still hunting and still being caught in the act.


The Tuross has been consistent throughout winter for flathead and bream and the wind, rain and resulting muddy flow has not dampened their spirits.


Whiting are also presenting up on the flats and are happily taking worms.


The freshwater conditions will see estuary perch and bass further downstream than normal, but we need to remember that it is still closed season for these species, so if they climb on your line, you need to carefully release them back to the water.


Further south, Wagonga Inlet is proving good for pelagics like salmon, tailor and trevally. The blackfish are also being caught in the channel on the eastern side of bridge.


Local anglers say that it’s still pretty tough fishing compared to normal, but we have it on fairly good authority that it will get better.


Up north, the Clyde was still producing the odd quality Jew right up until the weather turned bad and there’s nothing to suggest that that will have changed.


The odd smaller Jew has also started to be reported in the Tuross as well, which is a good sign for the coming season.


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