Fishing in Tathra
First rate facilities include fish cleaning tables and boat washing as well as a lovely picnic and BBQ area. There is immediate access to the open ocean with no sandbars to cross. Tathra is 18km from Bega via the Snowy Mountains Highway, a coastal town renowned for it’s beaches, waterways and fishing.
From Bega follow the Snowy Mountains Highway through Jellat Jellat and Kalaru to Tathra; From Merimbula take Sapphire Coast Drive northbound till it meets the Snowy Mountains Hwy then turn right and follow that through to Tathra.
Game Fishing in Tathra
Game Fishing Tathra is approximately 19kms from the continental shelf, which for gamefishing enthusiasts presents a short trip to where the large game fish are. Access is from the beautiful Kianinny Bay where there is an excellent boat ramp for trailers up to 26′. The facilities are first rate with fish cleaning tables and boat washing available as well as a lovely picnic and BBQ area. Upon launching there is immediate access to the open ocean with no sandbars to cross, which is common on the south coast. December through to May coincides with the warmest water currents of the year bringing with them huge amounts of baitfish, which in turn attracts all the game fish species.
Bottom Fishing in Tathra
This section commonly refers to fishing for Sand and Tiger Flathead, gurnard and Gummy Sharks. Flathead are a prolific species on the south coast and are commonly called the bread and butter fish of ocean fishing. Thousands of holidaymakers and locals alike regularly put their boats in at Kianinny in the pursuit of Flathead.
Generally Sand Flathead are found in much shallower water than the Tiger Flathead which makes them more accessible. Both species are caught using flesh baits of any kind and plastic jigs like Mr Twisters are a great alternative if bait is not available. The best method is to drift fish enabling you to cover more territory. For Sand Flathead, try the outskirts of Tathra bay, lining up the pine trees on Tathra Headland or even straight out of Kianinny Bay. Tigers are generally caught out wider in areas such as approximately 3-5kms out from Tathra Headland, east of Whiterock reef.
Reef Fishing in Tathra
Kianinny Bay launching ramp provides access to the closest main reef section from Tathra, which is 6kms south of Tathra. Its easy to find by travelling south until you see the distinctive coloured white rocks. This reef system only starts 800 metres out and goes out for several kilometres.
Drift fishing is very popular with squid and all fleshes as bait. Snapper, Morwong, Flathead, Leatherjacket and Gummy Sharks are all regularly caught on this reef system. To the north there are reef fishing opportunities around Bunga and Goalen Heads. Many good reef species get caught here and kingfish, sharks and tuna species are also around.
Tathra and its surrounding National Parks offer some spectacular beach fishing opportunities where Salmon, Tailor, Bream, Gummy Shark, Whiting and Mullet can be targeted. The northern end of Tathra beach fishes very well, as does Bournda Beach to the south and Middle Beach to the north. For the Bream, Mullet and Whiting it’s best to use beachworms, pippies, prawns or fresh nippers. For the Salmon, Tailor and Gummy Sharks, pilchards, fresh fish fillets or stripy tuna all work well.
Rock Fishing in Tathra
Visiting fisherman who enjoy rock fishing will be pleasantly surprised with the fishing available from the rocks within Tathra and surrounds. Black and Silver Drummer, Leatherjacket, Groper, Luderick and Banded Morwong can be caught all year round using cunjy, abalone guts or cabbage weed for bait.
There are several spots between Tathra Headland and Kianinny Bay to pursue the above species. From December to may in the same stretches of rocks, , using live baits can target Bunito, Kingfish, Tailor and Salmon, tossing lures or using unweighted pilchards. Always remember to sit and watch any potential fishing spots to ensure that they are safe to fish.
River Fishing in Tathra
The Bega River, which meets the sea at Mogareeka Inlet, is a beautiful river system offering vast opportunities for bait fisherman for lure and fly-fishing. Blackfin and Yellowfin, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Jewfish, Whiting, Mullet, Tailor, Estuary Perch, Bass and Luderick can be caught regularly through the year. Within the river system there are excellent areas to pump nippers and bloodworms or catching poddy mullet for Flathead as well as dip netting for prawns on dark nights over summer.
At Mogareeka there is a lovely picnic and family area and boat ramp facilities to allow access to the picturesque Bega River.