FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

Tempestuous Spring Weather Keeps Anglers in the Estuaries.

Caption: Long term Member Jeff Knox of Merimbula with a lovely Australian Salmon taken in Pambula Lake.

Strong winds have accentuated whale sightings all along the coast. It’s well understood that whales become more active with great thumping fin and tail splashes so that they can communicate between pods when sea conditions are “noisy”. With suitable vessels whale watchers are having a tremendous time during the windy weather and choppy seas. From shore visit the headlands for some spectacular views.

Snapper are certainly returning to the bite with some good fish taken on micro jigs off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Try double hooks with light green flashers in about 15 fathoms. Morwong are fairly quiet but some good fish have been taken in the deeper parts of Haycock reef. Flathead are beginning to stir and some good fish have been taken in deeper waters off Short Point, try 20 fathoms. As before flathead are also available in the shelving waters off Mowarry at about 20 fathoms. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are shoaling on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef. Reports to hand of large catches of gummies are frankly disquieting. Members strive to maintain stocks with prudent catch and release angling.

Australian salmon are spawning in the lower part of the Merimbula and Pambula channels and while difficult to get onto the bite some have been taken on soft plastics and small plastic lures while trolling. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake. Here it is difficult to troll because of the floating weed but drifting near a bust up and casting silver spinners can bring a great response. Congratulations to Jeff Knox for his salmon in Pambula Lake plus tailor, trevally and some good dusky flathead. Probably the first sign of duskies coming back on the bite as waters in the estuaries start to warm.

The Pambula River remains the stand out fishing spot during the windy weather with salmon, tailor and trevally on the chew. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards. Dusky flathead are becoming active.

Although fairly quiet for most fish at the Merimbula Fishing platform there are some fine calamari squid about at daybreak and evening. Try size 3 slow sinking jigs. The Bega River is returning some dusky flathead from above Thompsons and at Mogareeka. There are a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

Whales galore! The Whale Migration to Antarctica for the Summer Season is now in Full Swing

Caption: Dedicated angler Bianca Bamford with a lovely local snapper taken using a twin hook micro jig.

The southern whale migration has shifted into top gear with whale sightings all along the coast. Whale Watchers are being rewarded by spectacular sights with the southern migration back to Antarctica for the summer season now well underway.

As reported last week good snapper are on the chew between Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Try 15 fathoms. Congratulations to dedicated angler Bianca Bamford who caught some magnificient snapper using twin hook 40-60gm micro jigs with flashers, see photograph. Flathead remain quiet with the best place remaining the shelving waters off Mowarry at about 20 fathoms. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are available on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef. Try 25 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are fairly quiet but some good fish have been taken in the deeper parts of Haycock reef.

Some nice trevally have been taken along the lower Merimbula Channel. Try reddish soft plastics and fish beside the long moored larger craft. Australian salmon are spawning in the lower part of the channel and while difficult to get onto the bite some have been taken on soft plastics and small plastic lures while trolling. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake. Here it is difficult to troll because of the floating weed but drifting near a bust up and casting silver spinners can bring a great response

Salmon are also spawning in the Pambula River and again this remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week together with tailor and trevally. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards.

The Bega River is returning some dusky flathead from above Thompsons and at Mogareeka. There are a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. All bookings & enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

Whale Watchers Rewarded by Spectacular Sights as the Southern Migration Gets Into Full Swing

Caption: 5 year old Lachlan Wilkins shows one of his three lovely Australian Salmon taken at North Tura Beach near Bournda Island.

Whales galore! Last Friday locals and visitors were overjoyed to watch a pod of humpback whales frolicking near the Merimbula Wharf. Fun and games for all. There is little doubt that the southward migration back to Antarctica for the summer season has commenced. When travelling south, especially with calves to protect, the whales tend to travel closer to shore than during their northern migration. Keep your eyes open.

Maritime services recently re positioned the channel markers near Mitchies to show the new channel position due to the vast amount of sand movement in the entrance area that resulted from breaching of the main bar and formation of a second “false channel”. Navigation advice is for all boaters entering the Merimbula Lake to keep to the left of the green marker buoy opposite Mitchies Jetty. Some have ignored this marker and ended up stuck on the shallow sands.

Good snapper are again reported from the Boyds Tower reef and Mowarry at 15 fathoms. Beast place for flathead is in the shelving waters off Mowarry at about 20 fathoms. We await the warming water in October for ocean flathead to really come back on the bite along our coast. Off Haycock a few gummy shark have been taken on fresh baits.

Some lovely trevally have been taken along the lower Merimbula Channel and congratulations are in order for Alan Wilkins for showing us all how to reel them in using soft plastics. Try red “worms”. Australian salmon are spawning in the lower part of the channel and some lovely fish have been taken on soft plastics and small plastic lures while trolling.

Salmon are also spawning in the Pambula River and this remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week together with tailor and trevally. We have reports of some nice flounder from the same area. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Soft plastic are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards.

The Bega River is returning some dusky flathead from above Thompsons and at Mogareeka. Also about are lots of “bull” mullet, these can be taken using a floating line and bread burley, using bread and prawn bait, occasionally with small red soft plastics. There are a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp. Some nice estuary perch have been taken further up river. Note the Bass and Estuary perch season commenced on 1 September.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. All bookings & enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

Lots of Activity in the Estuaries Heralds Springs Arrival

Caption: 10 yr old Ava Tatman of Merimbula shows her lovely catch and release Australian Salmon in the beautiful Pambula River.

Whales remain active as they continue their travel northwards for their breeding season in much warmer waters. It is estimated some 30,000 whales have passed by and with a 6%-10% breeding rate we should see about 32,000 return in October and November.

Because the newly developed sand bar near Mitchies has engulfed the original port (red) marker and almost reached the starboard (green) marker buoy Maritime services have re positioned the channel markers to show the new channel. Boaters leaving and entering the Merimbula Lake need to know that the previous green marker buoy has been replaced by a red one and the green buoy moved across towards Spencer Park. This dramatic change in the Merimbula channel reflects the vast amount of sand movement in the entrance area which has resulted from the main sand bar, from Mitchies towards Bar Beach, being breached and a second “false channel” developed. We warn that some boaters have mistakenly tried to exit the lake using the false channel only to become stuck in shallow waters. When leaving the lake travel northwards in the channel until near the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon before turning towards the entrance.

Offshore a few snapper and morwong have reported from our local reefs; Haycock and Hunter in particular, with best bait pilchards and squid. Good snapper are reported from Boyds Tower and Mowarry. In the shelving waters off Mowarry some good ocean flathead have been taken otherwise they remain elusive but as waters warm should be back on the chew by October. Off Haycock a few gummy shark have been taken on fresh baits.

Anglers fishing our headlands and beaches have taken salmon and tailor and congratulations to Jim Clarke of Pambula for his great Australian salmon angling off Haycock Beach. A few calamari have been taken from the Merimbula Fishing platform using No.3 slow sinking jigs.

Pambula River remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week with ubiquitous salmon, tailor and trevally. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Best bait pilchards with good trevally and bream on the chew.

There are some nice Australian salmon in the Merimbula front lake channel near the entrance. Trolling with silver spinners is giving good results which include nice tailor. There are tailor and trevally in the channel. Luderick have become active at the bridge responding to stringy weed. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Top Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally. The Bega River at Mogareeka has finally returned some lovely dusky flathead. In the main reach above the launching ramp tailor react to trolled silver spinners. There are also a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp. Lake Curalo at Eden is now quite shallow and has closed again.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au.  All enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998.

Keep Your Rods Bent.

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 31 AUGUST 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 31 AUGUST 2020

Large Bluefin Tuna reported off Tathra with Local Angling Restricted Mainly to the Estuaries.

Photo Caption: Heather Sutterby Member of Tura Beach with a lovely Salmon taken from Pambula Lake.

Offshore angling received a boost during the week with a really nice 44Kg bluefin tuna taken by Bernie and Judy Sillis on Mr Hooker out of Bermagui, almost directly off Tathra, out past the first drop off. There is a report of a near 100kg bluefin from another vessel. Water temperatures are rising offshore, up to 19.4 degrees reported. Whales remain active as they continue their travel northwards for their breeding season in much warmer waters and provide a wonderful spectacle for nearby anglers.

As follow on from last week’s discussion about the long term possibility of Merimbula Lake closing – the negative effect on local business, not to say the Merimbula Oyster Industry, prompts us to consider all avenues for proper management of the lake entrance. Bill Deveril of Mitchies Jetty tells us that before the great storm of May 1974, the trees and vegetation at Mitchies extended along the barrier bar from Mitchies all the way to the entrance channel near Bar Beach. This cyclonic storm was named the Sygna after the Norwegian Bulk Carrier that was wrecked on Stockton beach near Newcastle. Winds of 165km and waves over 17m were reported at the entrance of Newcastle Harbour. Bill tells us that here at Merimbula waves were breaking right across from Long Point to Haycock, “The surge was so great that water was gushing up from the drains neat Twyford Hall”. “After the storm the vegetated sand spit had completely disappeared.” The barrier bar regrew and has lasted more or less in the one place until it was breached in late 2018. Bill tells us; “This is the first time he has seen the entrance awash since the Sygna storm”. Dredging may be required or even a “training wall” (breakwater). Recently the Coastal Infrastructure Unit from Crown Lands, and the Rescuing Our Waterways (ROW) program for navigation dredging was transferred into Transport for NSW Maritime’s; Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office (MIDO). The program offers partnership funding to local government for navigation dredging under Andrew Constance the Minister of Transport.

Offshore flathead remain elusive however a few morwong have reported from our local reefs; Haycock and Hunter in particular, with best bait pilchards and squid. Off Haycock Beach a couple of large calamari squid were taken as by-catch on a two hook metal jig. A few calamari have also been taken from the Merimbula Fishing platform using No.3 slow sinking jigs. Anglers fishing our headlands and beaches have taken salmon and tailor and congratulations to Paul Hogie of Tura Beach for his lovely tailor taken in early evening at Dolphin Cove of Tura Beach.

In the Merimbula front lake the start of the run-in from the sea has provided some nice Australian salmon. There are tailor and trevally in the channel and lots of tailor in the top lake. Pambula River remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week with ubiquitous salmon, tailor and trevally. Try the channel between the shark hole and Broadwater. Stand out lure is the “Spanyid” Maniac 21. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Top Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally. The Bega River remains open though still muddy with a fair amount of debris. Soft plastics used up river past Thompsons has rewarded anglers with the occasional dusky flathead and bream. There are also a few bream beside the rockwall further down river.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au All enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998.

Keep your rods bent!