FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 OCTOBER 2018

Fishing improving in estuaries as waters warm.

Photo Caption: At the Wonboyn Lake Resort, Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club enjoys its donated fishing gear curtsey the DPI for last Sunday’s National “Gone Fishing Day”.

Best areas for ocean flathead are off Long Point, Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Good salmon remain on Tura Beach just south of the headland and on North Tura beach. Try also Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

Relatively large tailor abundant in the lakes and Bega River are best caught with metal spinners as they delight in destroying soft plastic lures. In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Fishing can be patchy depending on the weather somewhat but there is certainly a lot more activity now the waters are warming; plus 17 degrees is the norm. Unfortunately leatherjackets are competing with the trevally and bream in the Merimbula lake.

Last weekend Club members and guests enjoyed a fun filled couple of days based at the Wonboyn Lake Resort, running its own “Gone Fishing Day” events in conjunction with its “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition.” On behalf of “Gone Fishing Day” the DPI presented the Club a large number of top grade fishing rods, reels lines and lures for both adults and children, all ready to go. Congratulations to Alan Wilkins this year’s winner of the Mex Williams trophy. The target was dusky flathead and the trophy is based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, with catch and release the main game.

The Club will be open on 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. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 COMMENCING 8 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 OCTOBER 2018

Good fishing in both the estuaries and offshore.

Photo Caption: Jasper Dulhunty shows a lovely Estuary Perch taken and released at night.

Game anglers are excited to hear that Southern Bluefin Tuna have been sighted off Bunga headland at the second drop off (150’ 25”E). Most fish seem about 20kg plus, although some larger ones have been noted. For a long while the only Southern Bluefin we have heard of were 180-200km off shore falling to longliners. Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

Ocean flathead are responding to warmer waters (+16 degrees). Best areas are out of Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try SE of Turingal Headland, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Graham Bywaters reports good salmon on Tura Beach just south of the headland. Good salmon are also reported on North Tura beach just south of Bournda Island.

In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead but at present we are competing with swarms of voracious tailor. Relatively large tailor are abundant in the lakes and Bega River (though with the entrance closed it is also a lake) – try metal spinners. At the Bega River, good bream and estuary perch are active, try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. A 90cm dusky flathead was caught and released just at the Bega launching ramp, one early morning, showing that trophy fish are starting to come on the chew.

The Club’s annual “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers and commences 12 midday this Friday at Wonboyn lake and end 6.00pm on Saturday. Dusky Flathead is the target. All prizes are based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, so catch and release is the game. The weather forecast is good and a great weekend is anticipated for the Club’s trip away. The venue is the Wonboyn Lake Resort where there is a private launching ramp and jetty and great BBQ facilities. For all details and bookings look at Wonboyn Lake Resort’s website; bookings; Andrew on 0411 341 406, enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 14 October. You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register. Google; “Gone Fishing Day”. Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing. It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

With the Club away at Wonboyn the Clubhouse will not be open on Friday evening. 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 COMMENCING 1 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 OCTOBER 2018

October Heralds Commencement of the Far South Estuary Fishing Season.

Photo Caption: Adam Pieper from Wagga Wagga shows a lovely Nannygai caught off Lennards Island from local charter vessel Rathlin 11, captained by Craig Chambers.

With the tides favourable good snapper and morwong are again on the bite. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Out of the ordinary; Ron Achison reports hooking up and releasing a plus 200kg sunfish at 40 fathoms off Twofold Bay To the north past Haycock and Long Point flathead are on the chew, try SE of Turingal Headland, off White Rock, The Tathra Hotel, and Bithrys further north. A good starting point is the 15 fathom line out to 20 fathoms. With the full moon Gummys have been active. Best areas are on the inshore side of the Horseshoe Reef south of Haycock and beside the Pinnacles reef near Bithrys. Good salmon are sporadic but have been reported off local beaches.

October is the month when we anticipate estuary fish will become active with rising water temperatures. Relatively large tailor are abundant in Merimbula Lake – try metal spinners – there are trevally and some dusky flathead activity. At the Bega River good bream and estuary perch remain active try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

The Club’s annual trip for 2018 will feature the Wonboyn Lake Resort. This trip and its main feature the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers. All prizes will be based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat so catch and release is the game. Fishing will commence at 12 midday on Friday 12th October, the competition will end 6.0pm on Saturday. Accommodation bookings; Andrew on 0411 341 406

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 14 October. You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register. Google; “Gone Fishing Day”. Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing. It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

The Club will be open on 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. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 COMMENCING 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Large Pink Algal Bloom off Tura Headland

Photo Caption: Ron Achison of Tura Beach shows a magnificent Sand Flathead taken SE of Turingal Headland.

Philip Jacobs has sent us photographs of a widespread pink bloom in the waters around the northern side of Tura Headland. “Noctilluca scintillans”, or “sea sparkle” as it is commonly known, is responsible for the pinkish coloured slick which seems to reappear year on year along parts of the Sapphire Coast. It’s presence is a sign of warming conditions during spring as it requires a mix of light, high nutrients and warm water in order to bloom. This algae is not considered harmful although it can cause a skin itch, so it’s probably best not to swim where it is concentrated. Noctilluca is bio luminescent and at night lights up in breaking waves with a beautiful blue flash just like an aurora.
Dolphins and whales continue to be seen along the 20 fathom line, now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica. They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter.
There was not a lot of tidal movement last week and it was difficult to get good reef fish onto the bite. Best areas for snapper, morwong and nannygai were to the south off Lennards Island, North Head and Boyds Tower. To the north past Haycock and Long Point only flathead were on the chew, like the one taken by Ron Achison off Turingal Headland. A good starting point is the 20 fathom line out to 25 fathoms. Good salmon are sporadic but have been reported off local beaches; North Tura, Middle Beach and Haycock in particular.

Reports from the artificial reefs suggest there are already clusters of bait fish. Although it may take as long as 5 years for weed and sponge growth to fully stabilise on the reefs there is every expectation that by summer we should be seeing some pelagics like bonito and kingfish attracted to the towers.

Water temperatures continue to rising in the estuaries. Relatively large tailor are abundant in Merimbula Lake – try metal spinners – and already there is some dusky flathead activity. At the Bega River good bream and estuary perch remain active try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

Commencing the footy finals weekend the Club will be open on 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. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 COMMENCING 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cool Currents Not Stopping Reef Action.

Photo Caption: Ashley Dehnert from Tumut shows a lovely pair of pan sized snapper caught off Haycock Reef from local charter vessel Rathlin 11, captained by Craig Chambers.

Recreational anglers are overjoyed that the placement of Merimbula’s two tower artificial reefs at the head of Merimbula Bay is underway. These structures are paid for out of recreational fishing licence fees through the Department of Industries Recreational Fishing Trust. Constructed by WA firm Subcon to the latest design, the two 96 tonne steel towers can only be described as complex so as to provide a wonderful habitat for pelagic and reef fish. They comprise four cylindrical steel tanks at each corner, steel vanes to induce current upwelling and pyramid shaped steel towers. The modules are designed to resist a 100 year storm and were assembled on the Naval Jetty at Eden, lifted into the water and towed into position. They are sunk into place in water of some 30-32m depth and approximately 100metres apart by allowing the corner tanks to flood in a similar way as positioning offshore oil platforms. As these reefs develop weed and sponge growth more and more fish will be attracted to the habitat and without doubt become a great angling and diving tourist attraction for Merimbula.
Whales are becoming more and more abundant and coming in a lot closer to shore, quite a few last week were seen along the 20 fathom line. So they are now easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter.
With improving conditions we are pleased to report good catches of snapper and morwong off our local reefs. There remain a surprising number of bait fish around mostly cowan young (like yellowtail) and often good snapper lurk beneath the bait balls. Flathead however have become quiet and we wait for the next tranche of warmer current to bring them back onto the chew.

Water temperatures are slowly rising in the estuaries and there is already some dusky flathead activity at Mogareeka. Good bream and estuary perch remain active further up the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is hosting its annual Seafood Dinner this Saturday 22 September, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The Club invites Members and Guests for a great night of fine seafood and drinks. This year we are taking the pressure off Club Members and getting in a Caterer “A Pinch of Yum” to assist in preparation and presentation. Along with the traditional platter of prawns and oysters, your taste buds will be tempted by a starter of hors d’oeuvres followed by a rich seafood chowder, then 3 other seafood courses closing with a cleansing (non seafood!) desert. Bar and raffles will help keep us entertained whilst we enjoy one another’s company at this very popular annual event. Space and catering constraints force us to limit to 70 max.

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. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 COMMENCING 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Spring Time conditions bringing a renewed interest in Estuary Angling.

Photo Caption: Glen Rollason shows a lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead at Mogareeka.

The whale season is progressing well and most days see pods of whales frolicking their way southwards for their summer in Antarctica. Large schools of Dolphins are often seen accompanying the whales.

With improving conditions we are pleased to report good catches of snapper and morwong off our local reefs. Try Horseshoe reef at 25 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are also on the chew at Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, and Haycock reefs. Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches from off Long Point to north of Tathra. Try off Tura Headland at 20-25 fathoms. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas for salmon are Aslings Beach near Eden, Main Beach at Merimbula and for some very large fish; North Tura near Bournda Island.

Water temperatures are slowly rising and we have seen mullet moving into Merimbula Lake. There is already some dusky flathead activity at Mogareeka. Good bream and estuary perch remain active further up the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Fishing platform is alive with yellowtail, jack mackerel (cowan young) and a few slimy mackerel. Burley is a must to bring the bait fish onto the bite. Calamari squid are falling to those with patience using prawn colored jigs.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Seafood Dinner in less than two weeks time on Saturday 22 September. The Club invites Members and Guests for a great night of fine seafood and drinks. This year we are taking the pressure off Club Members and getting a Caterer in to assist in preparation and presentation. Along with the traditional platter of prawns and oysters, your taste buds will be tempted by a starter of hors d’oeuvres followed by a rich seafood chowder, then 3 other seafood courses closing with a cleansing (non seafood!) desert. Bar and raffles will help keep us entertained whilst we enjoy one another’s company at this very popular annual event. Space and catering constraints force us to limit to 70 max so get in early with you booking.

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. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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!