In a classic case of 'better late than never,' South Coast estuary fishing has finally hit its straps - just in time for summer holidays.
Some would say it's been worth the wait, too, with coast fishos reporting consistent catches of traditional summer estuary species, including flathead, whiting, bream, flounder, garfish and the like.
Success hinges on one factor - finding clean water. Most catchments have received buckets of rain so the clearest conditions are around the river mouths and lower reaches. Forget the upper reaches for at least another week or two.
The front of Tuross, right near the boatshed, is a handy place to try, with flathead, bream and mulloway biting in the deep holes. Whiting and flatties are also active over the flats.
The mouth of Mogareeka Inlet, where the bridge crosses north of Tathra, is also fishing well for bream, whiting and flathead on lures.
Kingfish continue to spring up around Montague Island. Most seem to be legal size as well - a welcome change from the acres of 'rats' we were seeing this time last year.
It's been a false start to the season for most Murray cod fishers, with the local rivers still extremely turbid and fast-flowing.
Googong Dam is worth a look, with one or two terrific cod taken in recent weeks, mostly by regulars who have the impoundment wired and know every square centimetre of water.
If you'd prefer to chase trout in the mountains, I'm not going to stop you. The fishing up there right now is brilliant - there's no other word to describe it.
Lake Eucumbene remains the epicentre of the action. Favourite haunts such as Yens Bay, Buckenderra, Seven Gates, Anglers Reach and Providence Portal are all firing.
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