FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 AUGUST 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 AUGUST 2018

Fishing up North brings Great Results During Winter!

Photo Caption: Well known local lad Bill Bell formerly of Tura Beach prepares a magnificent metre plus Murray Cod for release at Copeton Dam impoundment in northern NSW.

Winter is the time to go north and this is the time Murray Cod are well and truly on the chew at Copeton Dam near Inverell. If you can’t go north then there is no shortage of schools of dolphins and frolicking whales passing by. About the only benefit from our strong springtime winds is the spectacular display from the southerly whale migration. When the sea is choppy the whales really arc-up and put on a great display. Numerous pods can be easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points and our whale watching charters.

Cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) continue to limit game fishing activity. There are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs. South currents are carrying a lot of green-brown slime – filamentous brown alga Hincksia sordid which is a nuisance sticking to fishing lines and generally unpleasant. It is possible a cool current nutrient laden upwelling is contributing to the growth of the slime. Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and may herald better fishing to come? Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra. Try 20-25 fathoms. Good Tailor are reported off the beach near Bournda Island, evening on the rising tide is best. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach.

Now is the time to fish the estuaries where some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds. We anticipate the lake waters will gradually warm from now on through Spring, bringing estuary fish back onto the bite. A great run of garfish is reported from Pambula River near the Sharkhole. Bread crumb burley is needed and using a shallow float line with a small piece of prawn or whitebait brings good results. Mullet can be sourced in the same way. Good Tailor are already about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go. Dusky Flathead have been quiet apart from the Mogareeka area. Bream and Estuary Perch remain active in the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Sponsors Evening on Saturday 8 September 6.30pm for 7.00. All of MBGLAC’s Sponsors have been invited to the Club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roast chicken.

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 20 AUGUST 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 20 AUGUST 2018

Best to Fish the Estuaries During Periods of Strong Winds.

Photo Caption: Jasper Dulhunty of Millingandi with a lovely catch and release bream in Merimbula Lake.

Strong winds offshore and cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) have limited game fishing activity. This year’s southerly whale migration is however now in full swing with numerous pods of whales easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points. With estimates of up to 30,000 whales moving northwards, earlier on, it is anybody’s guess how many there are now on their track to Antarctica after their annual calving. Most are the ubiquitous Humpback but there are also some Southern Right whales about.

Ocean flathead have become difficult to find apart from one report of good size fish at 20 fathoms to the south east of Turingal Headland. There are medium size snapper and morwong off Long Point also to the south about Green Cape and Bitangabee but very slow at the Haycock and Horseshoe Reefs. Best results dawn and dusk. Anglers are having good success using micro –jigs. With the moon making and the water cool gummy shark will remain active. Best locations are along the reef edges; south of the Bithry’s, White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe reef areas. Anchor and use a burley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders). Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.

Salmon remain patchy. Salmon and tailor are best at evening time from Tura Beach near Bournda Island and the entrances of Pambula Lake and Womboyn. Some lovely bream and estuary perch have fallen to lures in the Bega River.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform excellent Calamari squid continue to respond to slow sinking jigs, try just before and after dark and dawn.

Good Trevally and Bream are about at Pambula and the Bega River and in the lower reaches of the Merimbula Lake. Soft plastics and nippers are the way to go. Dusky Flathead have been quiet apart from the Mogareeka area. We anticipate the lake waters will gradually warm from now on through Spring bringing estuary fish back onto the bite.

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 13 AUGUST 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 AUGUST 2018

Game Fishing Restricted by Strong Offshore Winds.

Photo Caption: Martin Bartlett with juniors; James Matteo and Blake Woolley enjoy a morning on the Tura Headland flathead.

Strong winds offshore and cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) have limited game fishing activity although whale sightings continue.

Good flathead remain a staple at the 20 fathom mark between Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Elsewhere ocean flathead remain patchy. There are snapper off White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe Reefs. With strong currents from the north, anchoring and heavy sinkers is the norm. Use a burley bomb to bring the fish to the boat. Some exceptional size Morwong have been reported off Eden as well. With the strong current both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.

Gummy shark (flake) and port jackson sharks remain active. Best locations are along the reef edges; south of the Bithry’s, White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe reef areas. Anchor and use a burley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders). Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.

Salmon remain patchy. Salmon and tailor are best at evening time from Tura Beach near Bournda Island and the entrances of Pambula Lake and Womboyn. With both estuary and ocean water temperatures low fish activity has slowed. At Pambula and Merimbula some large tailor remain active evenings and it is a good time for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Some lovely estuary perch have fallen to lures in the Bega River.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform excellent Calamari squid respond to slow sinking jigs, try just after dark and dawn.

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 6 AUGUST 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 AUGUST 2018

The Sapphire Coast Winter Whale Season has commenced with numerous sightings off Long Point

Photo Caption: 2yr old Merimbula lass Ella Bourke sizes up a local Tailor taken in the Pambula River

The Sapphire Coast Winter Whale season has commenced with whales sighted off Long Point last Sunday evening. We are informed that some 30,000 whales transit our coast each season and with a growth rate of at least 5% per annum we can all anticipate the opportunity to see them frolicking in our near-shore waters.

Morwong and Snapper remain about the reefs with some exceptional size Morwong again reported from the Haycock Reef. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Flathead are patchy but remain our staple with catches reported all along the coast from the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra. Unfortunately clouds of chinamen leatherjackets are still around and dynamite on tackle.

Gummy Shark (Flake) and Port Jackson sharks have been active during the full moon. Best locations are along the reef edges; Horseshoe, Haycock, Long Point and White Rock. Anchor and use a burley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders). Gummy’s like slimy mackerel and pilchards but go ape over hermit crabs and small crabs. Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.

Salmon remain patchy, we have reports of salmon and tailor at evening time from Tura Beach near Bournda island and the entrances of Pambula Lake and Womboyn. With both estuary and ocean water temperatures low (12-13 degrees) fish activity has slowed. At Pambula and Merimbula some large tailor remain active evenings and it is a good time for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results.

The Club’ presentation night is scheduled for this Saturday 11 August, 6.30pm for 7.00pm at the Lakeview Hotel Merimbula and looks to be an outstanding success at a great venue. The Club’s AGM is scheduled for Monday evening 13 August, commencing 7.00pm.

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 30 JULY 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 JULY 2018

A Mid-Winter Spell of Good Weather has Benefited Near-Shore Anglers

Photo Caption: Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club Members and Supporters gather for Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach.

Members and Supporters all enjoyed a lovely BBQ picnic in the sunshine at the sheltered Haycock Beach Picnic ground. For most the fishing was marred by sand crabs taking baits as quick as a flash and it was the anglers using surf spinners that won the day. Congratulations to Ian Glanville whose salmon catch won a sponsored prize to the Wharf Restaurant at Merimbula.

Reports that the Merimbula Fish Cleaning Pontoon is missing are true. The pontoon is in the hands of Broadwater Engineering undergoing its tri annual refit and will be replaced in August. August is also the month we anticipate Merimbula’s offshore artificial reef will arrive, so as well as whale watching the reef’s arrival is also on the agenda.

With the past spell of good weather there are lots of reports of good flathead from off Kianinny, Bournda Island, Tura Beach Headland and Long Point. As before the magic depth is at 20 fathoms. Pilchards and salmon strips are two great baits. Chinamen leatherjackts remain a problem in the more northern areas.

Snapper catches are reported off Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island as well as North Head and Boyd’s Tower near Eden. The best returns come from anchoring and burleying about the deeper edges at about 20 fathoms. Morwong have come back on the bite about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyds Tower off Eden. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. With the moon full good Gummy Shark are active along the reef edges near Haycock.

As well as Haycock Beach, Main and North Tura Beaches are firing for salmon as well as Tura and Short Point Headlands. Baits can range from pilchards, yellowtail to squid. Best time is early morning or at dusk.

In the lakes best results are from the entrance areas and the Merimbula front lake where the run-in from the sea remains a little warmer. Try for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform calamari squid remain patchy though those that are landed are of good size. After dark is the best time using light coloured jigs. Large garfish are also common after dark attracted by the safety lights at each end of the wharf.

The Bega River remains closed and there are some beautiful blue lipped bream cruising after dark near the launching ramp and the rock wall area at Mogareeka. Without a tidal run un-weighted pilchards or prawns are the way to go.

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 23 JULY 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 JULY 2018

Beach Fishing for Salmon Heats up during the Cold Weather.

Photo Caption: How to spin of the beach for Australian salmon.  Eight year old Kade Jenkins takes it all in from Jim Clarke at the club presentation.

As a prelude to the club’s Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach this coming weekend Jim Clarke member and UAE lecturer presented his techniques for Australian salmon from the beach.  Jim recommends using metal and weighted plastic lures up to 60gm with 10kg braid and nylon trace.  Jim uses a light carbon fiber spinning rod and with a following wind can cast out as far as 70m.  With a good turn-out at the club last Friday evening Jim’s words of wisdom were very well received.

Good flathead are on the chew and can be found at 20 fathoms off Tura Headland, Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point, pilchards and salmon strips are two great baits.

There have been some outstanding snapper catches off Long Point about the deeper edges at about 20 fathoms.  Morwong have come back on the bite about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyds Tower off Eden.  Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.  With the moon full good Gummy Shark are active along the reef edges near Haycock.  Best to be anchored and using a bottom berly bomb to attract the sharks.

Jim Clarke tells us that Haycock Beach is firing for Salmon and this portends well for the   Australian salmon remain patchy off the beaches.  This Sunday 29 July Club’s “Salmon Sunday” scheduled for Sunday Morning 29 July at Haycock.  There are prizes to be won and a social BBQ follow-up for lunch.   Try Tura and Main Beaches as well as Tura and Short Point Headlands.  Unfortunately sand crabs are often attracted to gang hooked pilchards and best results can come from using surf poppers at the same time.  Spinning can also bring good rewards.  Best time is early morning or at dusk.   The Pambula River Mouth now is a good time to troll and spin for salmon.

In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea remains is good for trevally and bream over the shallows.  Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results.  However in the Merimbula Back lake there remain lots of chopper tailor plus some great bream and occasional trevally.

Reports from the Bega River, which remains closed, include some beautiful blue lipped bream after dark from the launching ramp at Mogareeka.  Without a tidal run un-weighted pilchards or prawns are the way to go.  Only use bait shop purchased prawns as there is the possibility of spreading white spot virus from green prawns sold for human consumption.  Bream are also about the “wall’ area just upstream.   At Pambula; bream and tailor remain on the bite.

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!