FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 17 FEBRUARY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 17 FEBRUARY 2020


 Heavy Rain Resets Fishing

Photo Caption: 12 yr old Hamish O’Brien of Wellington NSW shows a lovely bream from the Bega River.  

 With bad weather forecast, last weekend’s Eden Open was cancelled.  Those gamefishers that did venture out report a strong south flowing 24 degree EAC across the shelf, with quality dolphin fish taking trolled lures.  No marlin werereported.

The bar at Merimbula remains shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft.  This has arisen due to a false channel developed past Mitchies Jettyspreading the current flow over a wide area and limiting the normal channel scouring near the navigation buoy.  

The large swells of the past few days are likely to fire up a number of species and in particular bring snapper onto the chew, especially closer to the headlands.  Morwong and gummy shark are also likely targets.  Best results from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  There is no shortage of slimy mackerel bait fish at the artificial reefs.  Flathead are a little scarce, you need to move around until a good patch is found, try 17 fathoms.  Some really big Australian salmon are active at Tura Beach.  Nothing to report from Haycock as the National Park has been closed.

With big rains in the hills the Brogo dam is overflowing and the Bega River was opened at Mogareeka last Tuesday (11 February).    Dreams of metre long duskysneed to be shelved for a while as the whole of the river and especially Mogareekais awash with muddy water.  Best opportunity is in the deeper holes which retain cleaner water beneath the fresh and here bream will be on the chew. Big jewfish will be gathered near the bridge, please release after capture.   At Eden the KiahRiver mouth is in much the same condition with bream and jewfish on the chew.  

At Mitchies good whiting are about and respond to worm baits on a falling tide.  Trevally, dusky flathead and bream remain on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics orpilchard baits.

The annual calamari squid fest is on at the Merimbula Wharf with anglers bagging out in the mornings and evenings. Best results from dark coloured, prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  Some good Australian salmon have also been taken with silver spinners.  Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures.

With monies raised during January’s fire emergency MBGLAC was able to donate $500 to Marine Rescue Merimbula in thanks for their outstanding efforts supporting RFS.

On Friday 21 February the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 10 FEBRUARY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Bad Weather Drives Anglers into the Estuaries

Stuart Green of South Pambula with his 92.7cm giant Dusky Flathead caught and released from Merimbula Lake.  Shows that Mogareeka is not the only place inhabited by these giants.

Now is not the time for offshore angling with a low pressure system moving down our coast bringing winds and rain.  Hopefully conditions will improve and our gamefishing anglers achieve their goals in Eden’s Open Tournament this coming weekend.  

The bar at Merimbula remains shallow and with offshore swells predicted to top above 6 metres it is foolhardy to attempt crossing in small craft.  With the swell coming from the ENE probably not much better at Pambula.  So if it is necessary to fish offshore try Quarantine Bay at Eden or Kianinny at Tathra.  

Without doubt during these periods of inclement weather our estuaries are the place to be.  Congratulations to the angler/s who captured and released in great condition metre plus Jewfish last Saturday at Mogareeka.  Assuming one is not savaged by tailor dusky flathead and good bream are also available at Mogareeka.  There are also flounder and good whiting in the shallows for those fishing with worms.

At Twofold Bay slimy mackerel baitfish are being swarmed by small cuta and are hard to catch.   Some good flathead are reported near the signal tower and morwong and snapper remain plentiful off the reefs around from Snug Cove.  

Trevally and bream remain on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits.

Calamari squid frequent the Merimbula Wharf morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures. Some good Australian salmon have been taken with silver spinners.

On Friday 14 February the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 3 FEBRUARY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 3 FEBRUARY 2020

Giant Dusky Flathead caught and released at Mogareeka and Merimbula Lake during MBGLAC’s Dusky Dash for Cash on the weekend.

Photo Caption: Eve O’Brien passes over the winning prize to Brian Davey of Tura Beach. Brian’s giant 94.2cm Dusky Flathead was caught and released at Mogareeka.

Very concerned by the bush fire menace MBGLAC nevertheless made the decision to hold its popular annual Dusky Dash for Cash competition sponsored by Eve O’Brien Properties over the weekend of 1 & 2 February. The decision to support locals and returning holiday makers undertake some more normal activity during these most trying times was endorsed by the entry numbers and more particularly by the number of giant duskys caught and released during the competition. Saturday’s heat and smoke was tough, particularly the sporadic rain of charred leaves but the cool change over Saturday night made conditions much better for Sunday’s angling.

Congratulations and first place goes to Brian Davey of Tura Beach for his magnificent dusky taken from the shore. Second placed Stuart Green of South Pambula fished the Merimbula Top Lake for his 92.7cm fish. Third and fourth places were both taken by Jordan Stafford of Bega also fishing from the shore at Mogareeka with duskys of 92 and 90 cm. The final prize was taken by Avon Rollason also of Bega who caught and released a lovely 88.5cm in the Bega River. The individual senior angler longest bag of 5 fish was taken out by Club Secretary Chris Young fishing the Merimbula Lake with a cumulative total of 3.369 metres.

Offshore marlin are now active and club members are looking forward to participating in the Eden Open Tournament commencing on 14 February. There is plenty of baitfish off the shelf and closer in about our reefs; slimey mackerel, small couta and large shoals of whitebait. Some good catches of ocean flathead are reported from off Tura Headland and out from Quondola Point, try 17 fathoms. Morwong remain plentiful and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay.

Trevally and bream remain on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole. Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. There are also lots of blue swimmer crabs in Merimbula Lake so it’s time to set your crab traps.

Calamari squid frequent the Merimbula Wharf morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures. With patches of whitebait nearby some good Australian salmon have been taken with silver spinners.

On Friday 7 February the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 20 JANUARY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 20 JANUARY 2020

 Good fishing reported from our Local Reefs and Estuaries.

Photo Caption:  Linda Robertson of Waurn Ponds Victoria shows a lovely Morwong taken at the pinnacle north of Kianinny during The Tathra club’s post Christmas competition.

Offshore the East Australian Current has reached temperatures of 22-24 degrees and marlin are reportedly gathering to feast on abundant baitfish.

Off our reefs there is also plenty of baitfish; slimey mackerel and small couta.  Morwong and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay.  Ocean flathead are a little quiet but good catches are reported from SE of Turingal Headland, off Tura Headland and out from Quondola Point, try 17 fathoms and pilchard baits. Be especially careful crossing the Merimbula Bar as has become very shallow.

Lovely trevally and bream are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Tailor are about and will take surface lures.  It’s now time to set your crab traps in Merimbula Lake with some fine blue swimmers reported.  Some very big – metre size dusky flathead fish have been reported at Mogareeka near shore – responding to soft plastic lures.  

At the Merimbula Wharf good size calamari squid are available morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  Some large luderick have been taken in the evenings using artificial lures.

Current events include the Department of Primary Industries – Recreational Fishing Trusts Kid’s Fishing Workshop (8-14 yr olds) at the Club’s Spencer Park Jetty on Friday and the Tathra Club’s Australia Day Fishing Competition on Saturday and Sunday.  Over the next weekend, the 1st and 2nd of February  MBGLAC proposes to run its widely popular Eve O’Brien Properties Dusky Flathead Competition.  With $2,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Eve O’Brien Properties, this is a strictly catch and release competition – based on a DPI bragmat photograph of fish length.  With metre long Duskys reported from Mogareeka, a large entry is anticipated.  Entries are open to all at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park on Friday 31 January together with the briefing.  Refer the Club’s Website for all details.

The Club will be open this Friday 24 January.  Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  

Keep your rods bent!

 

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