FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 OCTOBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 OCTOBER 2017

Southern Bluefin Tuna sighted inside the Continental shelf.

Photo Caption: Malcolm Gaeth shows a 11kg Gummy taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock.

Game anglers are excited to hear that Southern Bluefin Tuna have been sighted off Eden inside the Continental Shelf.  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 and only falling to longliners.  Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

The full moon has seen Gummy Sharks (Flake) active again and some wonderful fish are responding to squid and pilchards at reef edges.  There are good Snapper and Morwong off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.  These all respond to soft plastics or a paternoster rig also with squid or pilchards.   At all the usual Flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet Flathead remain tentative.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results but large fish are few and far between.  Watch out for voracious schools of Couta.

In the Merimbula Lake there is some activity in the lower reaches with schools of Anchovies and Silver Bream coming in from the ocean.  Tailor and Trevally are active in the top lake and some Blue Swimmer crabs have started moving around.   There are reports that Mud Crabs are also coming out in the upper reaches like Muddy Creek.  At Pambula schools of Salmon are reported from the Broadwater.  With the Bega River closure we can expect great angling at Mogareeka and this is a great opportunity to practice catch and release.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for this coming Sunday 15 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’s annual trip for 2017 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 brag mat so catch and release is the game.  Fishing will commence at 12 midday on Friday 20th October the weekend will end 6.0pm on Saturday.  Enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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 2 OCTOBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 2 OCTOBER 2017

Let-up in the Springtime Windy Weather a Boon for Holidaying Anglers.

Photo Caption: Erin Pickering  shows a lovely Morwong , off Haycock Point Merimbula, on charter vessel Rathlin II.

Unfortunately there were no sightings of Migaloo the white albino humpback whale off Merimbula or Eden last week.  After mating in far North Queensland Migaloo is making his way southward towards Antarctica.  Nevertheless windy conditions have seen other Whales really active and putting on a great display.

Good conditions offshore were a boon for anglers over the long weekend with catches of Morwong and Snapper all along the local reefs from Eden to Bermagui.  Best time is always early morning and evening with baits ranging from micro jigs, soft plastics, squid heads to pilchards.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give good results for both Sand and Tiger Flathead.  Larger fish are scarce and voracious schools of Couta along the coast have destroyed lots of fishing rigs.  At the presentation for the Col Russell Memorial Fishing Competition held at Tathra last Sunday, Col’s son Bill made the presentations with particular congratulations to 7 yr old junior angler Liam Cotter.  In the Seniors; Col Beveridge won the prize for Sand Flathead and Stewart McCormick for Tiger Flathead.

Kingfish are on the chew at Mowarry and your chances are greatly improved if you can find a patch of pinkish krill which will be underlain by schools of small pelagic bait fish (SPF) like slimy mackerel and then beneath will be the Kingfish.  Live baits, Squid heads and jigging all bring results.  AFMA, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, has advised that a mid water trawler has commenced operations along the south east coast targeting SPF.  The Trawler is the Sydney registered 39.9m Saints Antonio & Giuseppe operated by Muollo Fishing Pty Ltd, the company that initially applied for the right to undertake pair trawling of the same area.  Tony Muollo has told us that they will be dealing with “fresh” fish for sale in Australia and using Australian crews.  This means trips will be limited to a few days each and Tony anticipates catches of about 100 tonnes a week.  Of concern to recreational anglers is that this could be just the first of many trawlers, focusing their efforts on the known bait hotspots off the Sapphire Coast that support our iconic game fishing industry.
With the Bega River entrance at Mogareeka closed, Flathead are gathering in the Mogareeka area about the bridge looking for sea water seepage through the sands.  This really is the time to practice catch and release so stocks are not depleted.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 15 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’s annual trip for 2017 will feature the Wonboyn Lake Resort.  This trip and its main feature the Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition is open to all comers.   Starting on Friday 20th October the weekend will end on Sunday 21st, enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Migaloo the White Whale Expected off Merimbula This Week

Photo Caption: Whale calf next to True Blue: “Photo taken by Ron Webb onboard True Blue, courtesy of Merimbula Marina”

Australia’s most famous humpback whale, Migaloo the white albino, was spotted off Bondi Beach last Thursday.  After mating in far North Queensland Migaloo is making his southward journey towards Antarctica.  Travelling with a mate, he is averaging a speed of about 5km per hour.  This would bring him to our waters off Merimbula and Eden early this week.  We should expect to see him again in early to mid-July of next year.  Windy conditions have seen the Whales really active and putting on a great display.

Snapper are back on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef with ocean temperatures now at 16 – 17 degrees.  Morwong remain a great standby.  The twin paternoster rig with pilchard bait brings good results particularly when anchored and using a burley bomb.  Ocean Flathead are back on the bite north of Tathra near the pinnacle off Cowdroy Beach at 18-20 fathoms.  Try also Bournda, Tura headland and Haycock at 25 fathoms.

Kingfish are reported from Mowarry, you just have to be there at the right time.  Salmon and Tailor remain at Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings Beach near Eden, best time just after dark.  Ideal bait is a full size pilchard on gang hooks.  Often the larger Salmon take a popper mounted above the bait.

With so little rain over winter the Bega River entrance at Mogareeka has closed.
Dusky Flathead are expected to congregate at Mogareeka near the bridge and towards the ocean seeking salty water.  This really is the time to practice catch and release so stocks are not depleted.  In Merimbula and Pambula Lakes Bream and Trevally together with Dusky Flathead are available, fish the edges of oyster leases or channels.  Soft plastics like the red worm and live nippers bring good results.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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 18 SEPTEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 18 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Arrival of Pink Jellyfish Herald Summers Warmer Ocean Currents.

Photo Caption: Billy O’Donoghue shows  a beautiful male Sixspine Leatherjacket.  taken off Long Point Reef Merimbula on charter vessel Rathlin II.

Whales are enjoying their annual migration to Antarctica and windy conditions have seen them really active and putting on a great display.   Mothers and calves often come closer inshore and have been sighted at Tura Beach and off Merimbula.

Morwong and a few Snapper remain on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef.  Pink jellyfish have arrived and some are moving up the Merimbula channel.  These herald warmer summer currents with ocean temperatures now up to 16 degrees.  Ocean Flathead are now biting well north of Tathra near the pinnacle off Cowdroy Beach at 18-20 fathoms.  Try also off Tathra and Tura Beach at 18 fathoms and Haycock at 25 fathoms.  The twin hook paternoster rig behind a heavy sinker stirs up the bottom and is great for Flathead.

Good numbers of Salmon and Tailor have reported from Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings Beach near Eden, best time just after dark.  Ideal bait is a full size pilchard on gang hooks.  Often the larger Salmon take a popper mounted above the bait.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform Squid continue to be taken early mornings and mid to late afternoon.  Naturally best results are when the winds are quiet.   In Merimbula and Pambula Lakes Bream and Trevally together with Dusky Flathead are available, fish the edges of oyster leases or channels.  Soft plastics like the red worm and live nippers bring good results.  Tailor are relatively abundant early morning and late afternoon.

September heralds the start of the Estuary Perch season.  These are a wonderful fighting fish, generally strictly catch and release and with a bag limit of two only.  EP’s are a common by-catch while night fishing for Jewfish and respond well to peeled prawns.  Don’t use shop bought prawns – remember the white spot virus!  During daylight EP’s respond to soft plastics and the best localities are near structures such as rocky points and sunken timber.  The place to be is well up the Bega River.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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 11 SEPTEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Snapper on the Chew off Long Point

Photo Caption: Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club Inc; John McKay President awards Merrily Bell her Ladies Championship trophy and fishing prizes, 2016-17.

Whales are abundant enjoying their southerly migration and possibly feeding on the reported large schools of bait fish off Bournda and Tura Beach.  Windy conditions have seen the whales really active and putting on a great display.   for our local watching and our Whale Charters.

During a break in last week’s winds local charter boat Reel Affair reported Snapper and Morwong on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef.  Lots of the Snapper were over 2kg and for this area these are truly magnificent fish.  Ocean temperatures are rising slowly with an average of 15 degrees and Ocean Flathead are beginning to make an appearance; try off Tathra and Tura Beach at 18 fathoms and Haycock at 25 fathoms.  Schools of Kingfish are again reported from the Long Point area.   Good numbers of Salmon have reported from Aslings Beach near Eden, best time just after dark when Tailor can also be taken.  Ideal bait is a full size pilchard on gang hooks.  Often the larger Salmon take a popper mounted above the bait.

In Merimbula and Pambula Lakes Bream and Trevally together with Dusky Flathead are now coming on the bite, remember to fish the edges of structures or channels.  Soft plastics like the red worm bring good results.  Bream remain active well up-stream in the Bega River.  Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.  Tailor are relatively abundant early morning and late afternoon.

Garfish remain in the 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.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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 WEEK COMMENCING 4 SEPTEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT WEEK COMMENCING 4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strong Winds Push Anglers into the Estuaries

Photo Caption: Kris Larsen shows a Yellow Eye Mullet taken on soft plastic in the Bega River.

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.

Snapper and Morwong have been on the bite all along the coast but few reports have come in since the winds strengthened.  Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported all along the coast from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra.  Last week a large school of Kingfish was reported off Long Point.  Perhaps it is now time for the Merimbula Fishing Platform to fire-up like last year?  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 Mogareka area. Bream remain active well up-stream in 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 Sponsors Evening this Saturday 9 September 6.30pm for 7.00.  All of MBGLAC’s Sponsors and members have been invited to the Club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roasts followed by lovely sweets.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 John McKay on 0427 639 585.  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!