FISHING REPORT FOR MONTH ENDING 29 MARCH 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR MONTH ENDING 29 MARCH 2021

Heavy Rains have moved much of our estuary fish out towards the sea

Caption: 11yr old Shelby Edwards of Tura Beach shows his Snapper caught and released off Kianinny during the Eden Amateur Fishing Competition.

Last Wednesday the Council opened Wallagoot Lake and it was a sight to see with large bully mullet the fist responders exiting the lake. Clearly happy to join with the large coastal schools currently making their way northwards. Hopefully the Lake will remain open long enough to replenish its fish stocks.

For our game fishing fraternity there is a clear warning to proceed with care when offshore given the amount of debris pushed out into the ocean by the east coast floods and carried southwards by the East Australian Current at speeds of 1-3knts.
Reports from crossing the Merimbula Bar remain favourable with sufficient water depth for most runabouts even at low tide. Travel safetly, use life jackets and if the sea is up do not attempt a bar crossing.

There are lots of ocean flathead, both sand and tiger all along the coast generally at the 20 fathom line. With the weather improving our local reefs are again productive with snapper, mowong and gummy shark on offer. Fish along the coastal reefs from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards, North head and Boyds Tower. Large Kingfish have been landed out of Eden. Australian salmon are plentiful from the headlands, Short Point and Tura as well as off local beaches; Main, Haycock and Aslings. Look for the rips (channels) for the main action. Best time is towards evening with a rising tide.

Calamari squid are now plentiful from the Merimbula Wharf possibly feeding on prawns flushed out of the lake by the rain event. Small prawn-like jigs are working a treat. Best time seems to be 5.30 am to about 7.30 am. Good luck!
Luderick are nearing the end of the seasons run and remain patchy. Locals and visitors are now reaping the benefits of the fresh water flush from the lake with Australian salmon, tailor and trevally about in the early mornings and evenings, some large kingfish have been sighted. There are also passing schools of mullet and a lonely turtle was seen swimming by.

Now in the estuaries; mainly Merimbula and Pambula Lake the muddy fresh water is layered above the salt water and lot of fish have congregated in the deeper holes, where the water remains salty. Good size Jewfish (mulloway) are anticipated in these deeper holes. As the water clears garfish should come back on the bite. You need to anchor in sheltered areas, burley with bread crumbs and fish with a dough bait beneath a small float. The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River also offer tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest.

The Club house in Spencer Park will not be open on Good Friday 2 April.
It will re –open from 6.30pm on Friday 9 April. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 22 MARCH 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 22 MARCH 2021

Wild Weather Drives Anglers into our Local Estuaries

Caption: 8 yr old Member Kade Jenkins shows his lovely Port Jackson Shark caught and released at the Merimbula Fishing Platform

The Club is running a “Club Friendly” tag & release Game Fishing event for all of March with particular emphasis to inspire those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate. So far the event is wide open with no marlin reported, let’s hope the seas abate for the last week of March. Reports from crossing the Merimbula Bar are favourable with sufficient water depth for most runabouts even at low tide. However if the sea is up please do not attempt a bar crossing.

With the prevailing weather it’s time to frequent our estuaries for a variety of popular species. Of note is the influx of sea mullet (bully mullet) into Merimbula Lake up to and past the causeway bridge. These fish move in large shoals up along the coast and occasionally take a breather in our estuaries. Australian salmon have also congregated at the Merimbula entrance and off Main Beach. Try the beaches and headlands; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings for Australian salmon. Salmon and tailor respond to both silver lures and gang hooked pilchard baits, don’t forget best time is in the evening approaching dark and in the better defined gutters.

While there are lots of ocean flathead, both sand and tiger all along the coast generally at the 20 fathom line and also morwong and snapper along the coastal reefs from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards, North head and Boyds Tower, the weather has prevented most anglers from getting out. We are all looking forward to more benign conditions come Easter.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf are nearing the end of the seasons run and remain patchy. Local cabbage weed is working best when the water is crystal clear otherwise artificial flies are doing a great job. Best time is just after dawn and before sunset. Australian salmon and tailor are about in the early mornings and evenings and some large kingfish have been sighted. Some lovely calamari squid are also coming from the Wharf after dark and at Tura Headland. Try No. 3 slow sinking jigs.

Now in the estuaries; Pambula Lake, Merimbula and Bega River, some good size garfish have come on the bite. You need to anchor in sheltered areas, burley with bread crumbs and fish with a dough bait beneath a small float. The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River also offer tailor, trevally and now in Merimbula Lake some lovely flounder. Within the Merimbula Lake which is full of bait fish, there are also dusky flathead, bream and whiting. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 26
March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 MARCH 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 MARCH 2021

Large schools of Australian salmon attract sharks to Merimbula

Caption: Helen Pearsall shows her lovely catch and release Bream in Merimbula Lake during the Eden Amateur fishing competition.

The 43rd Eden Amateur Fishing Competition was completed last Saturday and a large number of anglers gained prizes for best fish of the week. Congratulations are in order especially to Steve Commens who fished the Pambula Lake with soft plastics and caught and released a magnificent 965mm dusky flathead fish, just a few cm short of the magic one metre mark. Also Joe Galea who caught and released a whopping 438mm sand whiting fishing at night with live prawns in Merimbula Lake and Heather Sutterby with a great 534 mm Morwong taken at White Rock off Kianinny.

The iconic game fish hot spots between Bermagui and Eden underpinned by large shoals of spawning bait fish (blue mackerel) have seen marlin activity reaching a peak. The Club is running a “Club Friendly” tag & release event for all of March with particular emphasis to inspire those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate.

Australian salmon have congregated in huge shoals at the Merimbula entrance and off Main Beach encouraging shark activity as reported elsewhere. Sharks have also been reported entering the Merimbula channel. Try the beaches and headlands; Tura, Main, Haycock and Asling for Australian salmon. Salmon and tailor respond to both silver lures and gang hooked pilchard baits, don’t forget best time is in the evening approaching dark and in the better defined gutters.

There is no shortage of ocean flathead, both sand and tiger all along the coast. Try Bithrys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and off Tura Headland during the run out tide. Try directly off Kianinny at about the 20 fathom mark. There is also lots of gummy activity and good catches reported from the same area. We have reports of morwong and snapper along the coastal reefs from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards, North head and Boyds Tower. Best time is start of the run in tide.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf remain patchy. Local cabbage weed is working best when the water is crystal clear otherwise artificial flies are doing a great job. Best time is just after dawn and before sunset. Australian salmon and tailor are about in the early mornings and evenings and some large kingfish have been sighted. Some lovely calamari squid are also coming from the Wharf after dark and at Tura Headland. Try No. 3 slow sinking jigs.

The March prawn run is over and good results are reported from Merimbula Lake, best near the bridge. Look for the fading of the moon come April for the next run.

The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River offer tailor, trevally and lots of Australian salmon near the entrance. Within the lake which is full of bait fish, there are also dusky flathead, bream and whiting. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 19
March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 MARCH 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 MARCH 2021

Popular Fishing Competitions in full swing during early autumn

Caption: Kevin Chandler from Cohuna Vic shows a lovely 576mm sand flathead taken near Turingal Headland at 20 fathoms.

Anglers are active all along the coast in both the 43rd Eden Amateur Fishing Competition and the Alliance Tag & Release Tournament at Bermagui. Both competitions are renowned for bringing visitors to the Sapphire Coast. There is a record entry for the Eden competition of close to 1,000 and this is attributed to the new catch & release format with entries based on DPI photographs of fish lengths. The Bermagui Tournament brings together the Bermagui, Canberra and Latrobe Valley Game Fishing Clubs. Game fishers lucky enough to find a large bait ball report multiple tag & release of striped and black marlin off Merimbula and Eden. Lovely dolphin fish (mahi mahi) have also arrived and best found about the FAD.

With marlin activity reaching a peak the Club is running a “Club Friendly” tag & release event for all of March with particular emphasis to inspire those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate.

With the well publicised boat rollover last Sunday, there is no doubt the Merimbula Bar remains a problem with sand bars shifting almost daily.
It is imperative that we advise boaters to be extra cautious with entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake. Marine Rescue Merimbula maintain their restriction only crossing the bar within 3 hours of high tide.

Ocean flathead remain on the chew, both sand and tiger all along the coast. Try Bithrys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and off Tura Headland during the run out tide. Some remarkable ocean sand flathead have been taken directly off Kianinny at about the 20 fathom mark. There is also lots of gummy activity and good catches reported from the same area. We have reports of both flathead and snapper off the pinnacles past Haycock. Try the gutters in the Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches for Australian salmon. Salmon and tailor respond to both silver lures and gang hooked pilchard baits, don’t forget best time is in the evening approaching dark and in the better defined gutters.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf have become patchy. Local cabbage weed is working best when the water is crystal clear otherwise artificial flies are doing a great job. Best time is just before sunset. Australian salmon and tailor are about in the early mornings and evenings and some large kingfish have been sighted. Some lovely calamari squid are also coming from the Wharf after dark and at Tura Headland. Try No. 3 slow sinking jigs.

With the moon waning now is the time to get your prawn nets ready for the March run.

The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River remain full of tailor and trevally, there are also dusky flathead, bream and whiting. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 12
March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 MARCH 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 MARCH 2021

Game fishing Frenzy off Merimbula with Multiple Marlin Tag & Release Reported

Caption: Alan Wilkins of Tura Beach shows a magnificent 15Kg Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) taken slow trolling live bait, out past the edge of the shelf off Merimbula.

The wait is over for our game fishers with reports of multiple tag & release of striped and black marlin off Merimbula and Eden. The East Australian Current has slowed to a moderate pace and at the edge of the Continental Shelf the water temperature is a favourable 22 degrees and the marlin are running hot. Dolphin fish have also arrived and best found about the FAD. Bait fish at the edge of the shelf have become patchy. The presence of oceanic trawlers scooping up the blue mackerel bait fish is of concern.

With marlin activity reaching a peak The Club is running a “Club Friendly” tag & release event for all of March with particular emphasis to inspire those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate.

Some remarkable ocean sand flathead have been taken directly off Kianinny at about the 20 fathom mark. With the moon full there is also lots of gummy activity and good catches reported from the same area. Ocean flathead remain on the chew, both sand and tiger all along the coast. Try Bithrys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and off Tura Headland during the run out tide. We have reports of both flathead and snapper off the pinnacles past Haycock but swarms of chinamen leatherjackets are making it hard to fish. Try Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches for Australian salmon. Salmon and tailor respond to both silver lures and gang hooked pilchard baits, don’t forget best time is in the evening approaching dark and in the better defined gutters.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf have become patchy. Local cabbage weed is working best when the water is crystal clear otherwise artificial flies are doing a great job. Salmon and tailor are about in the early mornings and evenings. Some lovely calamari squid are also coming from the Wharf after dark and at Tura Headland. Try No. 3 slow sinking jigs.

The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River remain full of tailor and trevally, there are also dusky flathead, bream and whiting. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest. Reports to hand tell of metre plus dusky flathead taken at night from the launching ramp pontoon at Mogareeka. Surely the place to fish for these wonderful gentle giants, expressly catch and release.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 5 March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 22 FEBRUARY 2021

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 22 FEBRUARY 2021

Striped and Black Marlin running hot off Merimbula.

Caption: Club Member Dale Hayton of Merimbula shows a lovely bass taken and released at Brogo dam using a small surface lure.

Offshore our game fishers have reported both striped and black marlin directly off Merimbula. The East Australian Current has slowed to a moderate pace and at the edge of the Continental Shelf the water temperature is a very favourable 22.5 degrees and the marlin are running hot. The presence of an oceanic trawler scooping up the blue mackerel bait fish is unwelcome, however congratulations to Shane Mayberry and Stuart Green in Cassie and Paul Jones and Greg McKay in Seamode who all tagged and released lovely marlin.

With marlin activity reaching a peak The Club is running a “Club Friendly” tag & release event scheduled for all of March with particular emphasis to inspire those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate.

Good size ocean flathead remain on the chew, both sand and tiger from about 17 fathoms all along the coast. Try Bithrys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and off Tura Headland during the run out tide. The White Rock reefs as well as Long Point, Haycock, North Head and Boyds Tower are all active for morwong and snapper. Pilchards are a good bait as well as slimy mackerel. Best time the start of the run-in tide. Try Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches for Australian salmon. Salmon respond to both silver lures and gang hooked pilchard baits, don’t forget best time is in the evening approaching dark and in the better defined gutters.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf have reached a crescendo with locals and visitors all enjoying bag out catches. Local cabbage weed is working best when the water is crystal clear otherwise artificial flies are doing a great job. Calamari squid are also coming from the Wharf after dark and at Tura Headland. Try No. 3 slow sinking jigs.

The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River remain full of tailor and trevally, there are also dusky flathead and bream. The run out tide for duskys and the run in for the rest. The estuaries are flush with whiting. Best results at high tide in the dark of night with live prawn baits presented across the sand flats on long leaders, during the day try fresh pumped nippers or Sugapen lures.

Anglers fishing with small surface lures have taken a number of fine Australian bass (catch & release) along the shores of Brogo dam. The trick is to be on the water at dawn.

Prawn activity in Merimbula Lake has slowed now during the full moon but as the moon wanes in March prawns are expected to run again, so be ready. Merimbula Top Lake is full of bait fish and remains a great place for dusky flathead, tailor, trevally and bream. There are also snapper, butterfly gurnard and flounder.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 26 February. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website. www.mbglac.com.au

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