FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 22 JULY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 22 JULY 2019

Merimbula Lake Jewel of the South.

Photo caption: From the left; Members David Sydenham, Heather Sutterby and Ron Vanderdrift on board Reel Jem Captained by Glenn Pollock with three magnificent Southern Bluefin Tuna taken off Merimbula.

Club members enjoyed an inspirational presentation last Friday evening from Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems. With excellent diagrams and photographs Jillian explained the critical importance of our coastal estuaries and especially seagrass, fringing mangroves and saltmarsh wetland areas for fish breeding and regeneration. Jillian also showed an example of the rehabilitation of an area of river bank protection work at Boggy Creek Millingandi and concluded by telling us that Merimbula Lake is clean and healthy and a Jewel of the NSW southern estuaries.

At last a break in the weather and Merimbula’s intrepid game fishing anglers are once again out some 80km from shore hunting the elusive but prized southern bluefin tuna, stay tuned!

Good flathead are available north of Bournda. Further south good flathead can be found now at 20 fathoms off Tura Headland, Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point.

With inshore ocean temperatures in some areas down to 15 degrees snapper and morwong have become patchy about the local reefs. Try North Head and Boyds Tower off Eden at 17 fathoms. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Best to be anchored and using a bottom berly bomb.

Good drummer remain on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Tailor and salmon are also reporting from the headlands as well as the beaches. Best late afternoon on the higher tides.

The beginning of the run-in from the sea is good for bream and trevally particularly over the shallows in the Merimbula Lake. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River which remains closed talk of trevally and dusky flathead on the sea side of the bridge at Mogareeka and good bream just upstream.

On Friday 26 July we welcome Dr Heath Folpp, Manager Fisheries Enhancement & Occupational Diving, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) from Coffs Harbour who will be presenting on the Merimbula artificial reef structures. The Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit and listen to Heaths talk. The Club is participating in the artificial reef monitoring program using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) equipment. You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. 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 ENDING 15 JULY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 15 JULY 2019

Success for Club’s Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach last Sunday.

Photo caption: Club Members gathered at Haycock Beach Salmon Sunday Social BBQ. Centre is Club President Lindon Thompson showing the size of the “one that got away”.

Club members enjoyed a lovely BBQ picnic lunch in the sunshine at the sheltered Haycock Beach Picnic ground last Sunday to finish off their mornings “Salmon Sunday” beach fishing adventure. Some lovely salmon were caught off the beach with preferred bait pilchard. We are happy to report a number were typical kiss and release. For some the fishing was marred by sand crabs taking baits as quick as a flash and it was the anglers using poppers together with bait that won the day. Congratulations to Morgan Wood whose large salmon won a sponsored fishing rod combo curtsey of Tackle World’s Ron Vanderdrift.

The Return of strong offshore winds saw Merimbula’s game fishing fraternity restricted to port and we await better offshore weather to find out where the magnificent southern bluefin tuna are lurking.

Good flathead are on the chew but it is a costly battle north of Bournda due to ravenous chinamen leatherjacket. Further south good flathead can be found now at 20 fathoms off Tura Headland, Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point.

Weather permitting snapper and morwong are about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyds Tower off Eden. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Best to be anchored and using a bottom berly bomb.
Luckily chinamen are less a pest on the reef areas. At our favourite gummy spots near Horseshoe Reef an influx of port jackson shark has become quite overwhelming, with no gummy to report!

Good drummer remain on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Some excellent garfish have been brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar and also in Kianniny bay, try off the jetty. Use crumbed bread for burley and small whitebait.
In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for bream and trevally particularly over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River which remains closed, include some lovely estuary perch caught and released from the upper reaches, congratulations Glen Rollason. Search out the sunken timbers that make excellent structures for the perch, small soft plastic are the rage. Trevally and dusky flathead remain on the chew on the sea side of the bridge at Mogareeka.

On Friday 19 July we welcome Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems, to talk on Fish Habitat. The Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit and listen to Jillian’s talk. You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. 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!

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 8 JULY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 8 JULY 2019

Success for our Southern Bluefin Tuna Anglers just 60km directly off Merimbula.

Photo caption: Ross Cooper of Wolumla with a magnificent 100.5kg Southern Bluefin Tuna taken last Sunday off Merimbula

Skilled angling by our local game fishing members has achieved outstanding results in the waters directly off Merimbula. Ross Campbell landed a prize 100.5kg southern bluefin from Sea Mode captained by Paul Jones. From Reel Gem nearby, captained by Glenn Pollock, our star angler Heather Sutterby landed a 64.5kg bluefin, just 0.5kg heavier that her Merimbula Open prize winning 64kg yelowfin. Martin Bartlett landed a 45kg bluefin and Ron Vanderdrift one of 40kg. Good to see Ron enjoying himself while waiting for TackleWorld to re-open! Congratulations to all! Closer to home there are reports now of yellowfin tuna sighted from the Tathra wharf.

Bottom bouncers are continuing to report good flathead off Baronda Headland and northwards to Bithry’s. Best depth remains 15-17 fathoms. Flathead are also active off White Rock and Kianinny. Try also off Tura Headland and Bournda Island.

The best snapper and morwong are coming from the gravelly areas beside the main reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs as well as Lennards and of course North Head and the Boyd’s Tower reef out of Eden. Try anchoring and using a burley bomb set near the bottom. Chinamen leatherjackets remain a problem northwards especially about White Rock, best to just move to another spot. Anglers report excellent drummer on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Cabbage weed is also good for both drummer and luderick. Some excellent garfish have been brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar and also in Kianniny bay, try off the jetty.

There are patches of good salmon schooling off the beaches. Try Tura, Main and Haycock Beaches as well as Tura and Short Point Headlands. Salmon are attracted to gang hooked pilchards and surf poppers. Spinning can also bring good rewards. Best time is early morning or at dusk when good size tailor come onto the bite.

In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River, which remains closed, include some large bream taken near the wall at Mogareeka using small black crabs as bait. Trevally and dusky flathead remain on the chew in this area on the sea side of the bridge. At Pambula bream and tailor remain on the bite.

The Club’s next event is the popular social: Salmon Sunday to be held at Haycock Beach this coming Sunday 14 July. Club members are sharpening their gang hooks and looking forward to an early morning fish off the beach to be followed by the tally, a great BBQ and prize giving.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. On 19 July we welcome Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems, to talk on Fish Habitat. All welcome. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. 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 the Week Ending 1 July 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 1 July 2019

Game Fishos having the time of their lives

Photo caption: 4 year old Club Member Lachlan Wilkins of Bairnsdale shows his Trevally taken in Pambula Lake last Saturday.

Game fishing anglers report time-of-a-lifetime angling for Southern Bluefin Tuna well out past the continental shelf off Merimbula. Fish have been captured and also tag and released from boil-ups where fish are literally snapping lures out of anglers fingers!

Flathead anglers are bagging out off Baronda Headland and northwards to Bithry’s north from Kianniny. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms. All you need is a good drift, a paternoster rig and fresh fish for bait. Flathead are also active off White Rock and Kianinny. Try also off Tura Headland and Bournda Island. The best snapper and morwong are coming from the gravelly areas beside the main reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs as well as Lennards, further south and of course North Head and the Boyd’s Tower reef out of Eden. Try anchoring and using a burley bomb set near the bottom. For snapper the best results usually come from a “floating” pilchard on snelled hooks. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem, best to just move to another spot. Good Tailor and salmon are also schooling off the beaches; Aslings at Eden and Haycock and Tura in particular. Using bread burley some excellent garfish can be brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar.

The Merimbula Back Lake has cooled considerably to about 13 degrees and dusky flathead have really slowed down. In the front lake the run-in from the sea is about 5 degrees warmer and a great time for trevally and bream over the shallows on the last part of the tide. Keep in mind the deeper channels stay cool. At Pambula; trevally, bream, tailor and good size mullet remain on the bite. Soft plastics and prawns are both effective. Reports from the Bega River, which has closed, include some large whiting along the shallows. Best results when the wind ruffles the surface, try poppers and soft plastics. Soft plastics give good results for bream along the rock wall up-river from the launching ramp. Small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can also be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

The Club’s next event is the popular social: Salmon Sunday to be held at Haycock Beach on Sunday 14 July. Club members are preparing for a great BBQ as well sharpening their gang hooks and looking forward to an early morning fish off the beach.

The Club in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 5 July from 6.30pm. Come and enjoy the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Visitors are very welcome. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. 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 the Week Ending 24 June 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 24 June 2019

 Casserole fundraiser turns $400 into $2100

Photo caption: Merrily Bell, in red dress, organized Westpac Rescue Helicopter fund raising through a casserole night at the MBGLAC Clubhouse last Friday evening.

The Casserole Night to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service held at the MBGLAC Clubhouse last Friday evening was highly successful with over $2,100 raised. Merrily Bell, the Club’s Social Secretary, had won the Club’s Snapper Classic in May and with her $400 cash winnings underwrote the Casserole Night turning her winnings into a magnificent $2,100! These funds will all be donated to the Westpac 2019 Drovers Run 4WD outback adventure she will undertake together with her sister Judith. Judith has herself already raised $2,500 sponsorship towards this worthy cause. Congratulations to both Merrily and Judith and they in turn wish to thank all for their wonderful support.

Recent strong winds have thwarted offshore game fishers along the coast and caused a real set-back to the weekends Canberra GFC Tuna Tournament out of Bermagui.

For ocean flathead, both tiger and sand, try off Bournda Island. Try also near White Rock and Kianinny and north to Baronda Headland. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Headland and Baronda. Reef fishing has become a little more difficult with strong inshore currents continuing off Merimbula. For snapper and morwong it is probably best to anchor and burley. Try a down dropper rig with a pilchard on snelled hooks floating away from the sinker. When out of the current best results come from a floating rig and no sinker. With the moon full gummy sharks are very active, best technique is to anchor and burley beside the reef areas. Good size fish can be taken from Bithrys north of Tathra to Horseshoe off Merimbula. Good Tailor and salmon are also schooling off the beaches; Aslings at Eden and Haycock and Tura in particular.

At Pambula trevally remain on the chew near the shark hole. Soft plastics and prawns are both effective. At Merimbula there are tailor in the back lake plus reasonable size bream and snapper deeper down, prawns, pilchards and soft plastics are all useful. Fish are gathering about the Mogareeka area closer to the ocean now that the Bega River is closed. Try the wall up river from the launching ramp and out from the launching ramp for bream and the occassional dusky flathead. Using soft plastics; small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can also be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

The Club will be closed this Friday 28 June. The Council has permitted a number of food trucks to use Spencer Park during the evening. A large crowd is possible, some likely partaking alcohol and the Clubs committee has decided the correct response is for the Club to close. Our doors will be open again on Friday 5 July. Come and enjoy the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Visitors are very welcome. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. 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!