FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 DECEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 DECEMBER 2020

Local fish are on the chew thanks to a great December prawn run

 

Caption:  Member Giddy Brandauer holds a lovely catch and release dusky flathead at Merimbula Lake.

 

Outside angling has really arced up through the December prawn run.  Good Morwong all down the coast from White Rock out of Kianinny to Boyds Tower off Eden.  Snapper are also on the chew.  Apart from soft plastics and micro jigs, pilchards remain the key bait to use.   Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed out from Cowdrys Beach at 14 fathoms together with some good size flathead.  Once again pilchards are the go plus fresh slimy mackerel.  Near Merimbula try Haycock Beach from the inside of the Horseshoe Reef.

Merimbula Bar remains a problem with sand bars shifting almost daily. With the Christmas visitor influx beginning it is imperative that we advise boaters to be extra cautious with entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake.

With the waters warming we are getting some good whiting, try Fishpen and the Bega River flats using pumped nippers.  The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for bream, dusky flathead, flounder as well as tailor and trevally.  For dusky flathead the DPI rules that they must be over 36cm to be legal and only one fish over 70cm may be kept.  We recommend dusky flathead are truly a catch and release only species.  Quantities are limited as our estuaries are not large and the big duskys, we all try to land, are the breeders.  So kiss and release is the name of the game.

There are good tailor and Australian salmon in the Bega River, try silver spinners trolled in the main channel between the launching ramp and Thompsons.  Similarly in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Best time is the start of the run in tide. Good estuary perch are in the Bega River down to Thompsons.  With river temps up to 21 degrees dusky flathead and bream are well on the chew and some good size fish (catch and release) reported using soft plastics and glide lures.

The Club remains poised to run a Covid safe Gala 2021.  This features the Gala fishing competition on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January.  With free entry this competition is open to all; visitors and members alike and boasts a pool of 24 great prizes for anglers who donate their fish for the Monster Charity Auction in Spencer Park on the Sunday afternoon.  With the town already fully booked for summer visitors the fishing competition and the Charity Fresh Fish auction look like being standouts for Merimbula in the New Year.  All details on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au.

The Club extends its best wishes to one and all for a very Happy Christmas and New Year. The MBGLAC Club room will not be open on Friday evening 25 December Christmas Day.  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.

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 DECEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 DECEMBER 2020

Morwong aplenty as Prawn Run wraps up.

 

Caption:  Frank Daquino visitor from Melbourne with a huge 65cm Morwong taken from the Merimbula Fishing Platform

 

Offshore  there are large patches of baitfish at the edge of the Continental Shelf and marlin activity is expected.  Conditions continue to favour deep drop angling with the East Australian Current flowing a little more slowly than usual.

Morwong have arced up all along the coast during the December pawn run with little doubt this is one of their favourite foods!  No doubt gathered to scoff tasty snacks as they are flushed out to sea, we have some great morwong catches from the Merimbula Fishing Platform near the Merimbula Lake entrance.  Congratulations to Frank Dalquino.  There are also good morwong at the Pinnacle north of Kianniny, at Haycock and at Eden near North Head and Middle Head.

As weather permits snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs, good catches report from all along the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.  Try pilchards, soft plastics and soft vibe lures.  Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed off Haycock Beach from the inside of the Horseshoe Reef.

With the Christmas visitor influx beginning it is imperative that we advise boaters to be extra cautious with entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake.  There is a shallow bar now directly in front of the starboard green marker buoy at the entrance and due to the shallow waters over the bar Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform the seasons run of Luderick has commenced and good catches using artificial lures reported.  With the waters warming we are getting some good whiting, try Fishpen and the Bega River flats using pumped nippers.  The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally.  Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well glide baits and unweighted pilchards.  For dusky flathead the DPI rules that they must be over 36cm to be legal and only one fish over 70cm may be kept.  We recommend dusky flathead are truly a catch and release only species.  Quantities are limited as our estuaries are not large and the big duskys, we all try to land, are the breeders.  So kiss and release is the name of the game.

The Bega River remains open and has cleared nicely.  There are good tailor and Australian salmon.  Try silver spinners trolled in the main channel between the lunching ramp and Thompsons.  Similarly in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Best time is the start of the run in tide. Good estuary perch are in the Bega River down to Thompsons.  With river temps up to 21 degrees dusky flathead and bream are well on the chew and some good size fish (catch and release) reported using soft plastics.

The December prawn run has just about finished and we can report some lovely prawns from both Merimbula Lake and Bega River.  Get your lights and nets ready for the next run in early January.  Best time is during the dark of the moon and a run out tide.

After being postponed in 2020 due to the bushfire emergency, the Club is excited to run a Covid safe Gala 2021.  This features the Gala fishing competition on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January.  With free entry this competition is open to all; visitors and members alike and boasts a pool of 24 great prizes for anglers who donate their fish for the Monster Charity Auction in Spencer Park on the Sunday afternoon.  With the town already fully booked for summer visitors the fishing competition and the Charity Fresh Fish auction look like being standouts for Merimbula in the New Year.  All details on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au.

The MBGLAC Club room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm.  attendance is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors.  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.

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 DECEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 DECEMBER 2020

Wild Early Summer Weather Keeps Most Anglers in the Estuaries.

 

 Caption:  Member Stephen Nimmo shows a magnificent calamari squid taken one evening from the Merimbula Fishing Platform

 

Interpid offshore anglers report that conditions continue to favour deep drop angling with the East Australian Current flowing a little more slowly than usual at the edge of the Continental Shelf.  Blue eye remain the target but alas some large sharks have also entered the scene.

Keep watch for bird activity to identify swarms of bait fish (slimy mackerel) draped along our shores.  With the possibility of Australian salmon and kingfish near surface and flathead, morwong and snapper down below, these bait swarms can provide exciting pelagic and bottom bouncer angling.  Snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs and as weather permits, good catches report from all down the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.  Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed off Kianinny.  Congratulations to member Malcolm Robinson taking a brace of fine ocean flathead and two gummy sharks off the Tura Golf Course.  There are good morwong at North Head and Middle Head near the lighthouse and this is a good area to start a drift for flathead.

Some really large calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs. The annual luderick run is tentative but encouraging results are reported.  Some large drummer have been taken using cunjevoi bait.

We are advised by members that entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake is becoming even more difficult with a shallow bar now directly in front of the starboard green marker buoy at the entrance and we advise boaters to be extra cautious.  At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for Australian salmon, bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally.  Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well as unweighted pilchards.  Simple silver spinners trolled give good results especially in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Best time is the start of the run in tide. With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting, try Fishpen using nippers.

The Bega River remains open and is clearing nicely.  Good estuary perch are reported down to Thompsons with even a few about the launching ramp.  With river temps up to 21 degrees dusky flathead and bream are well on the chew and some good size fish (catch and release) reported using soft plastics.  Mogareeka is the place for those metre long duskys.  Work the shallow edges with glide baits, soft plastics or poddy mullet.  Keen anglers fishing near the river entrance with stringy weed and floats also hooked up with some lovely luderick.

With the weather warming, now is the time to invest in a bright light and a hand held prawn net.  We are encouraged by reports of good size prawns from early catches in the Merimbula Lake between the Bridge and Fishpen. Best time is during the dark of the moon and with a run out tide.

MBGLAC will be holding its 2020 Xmas function on Friday evening 11 December, commencing 6.30pm.  All members and guests please book through Club President Peter Haar 0417 021 066.   Attendance at the Club is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors.   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 .

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 NOVEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 NOVEMBER 2020

Local Estuaries Firing as Weather Warms

 

Caption:  Visitor Judith Grills with a flounder caught in Merimbula Lake 

 

The waters are warming offshore and there are lots of slimy mackerel at the edge of the Continental Shelf, they are just the right size for a billfish feast and we await news of the first marlin activity.  The East Australian Current (EAC) is flowing only slowly and this is a good time for deep drop angling with blue eye the target.

Off Kianinny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland ocean flathead are well on the bite.  Best results from about 20 fathoms.  Some good snapper are available off Long Point, the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at North Head and Boyds Tower out of Eden.  There are morwong at Middle Head near the lighthouse and this is a good area to start a drift for flathead.  Snapper and gummy shark are feeding well on salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.  Some really large calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs.

We again advise that the Merimbula entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious.  At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for Australian salmon, bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally.  Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well as unweighted pilchards.  Simple silver spinners trolled give good results especially in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Mogareeka is the place for good dusky flathead, work the shallow edges with soft plastics.  Sand bars up the Bega River are restricting access apart from Kayaks.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew.  Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest.  Congratulations to member Jim Clarke spinning off the beach at Haycock who landed an enormous 632mm tailor.   Luderick schooling in the channel above the bridge are moving  out past the Merimbula fishing platform to feed along the headlands.   With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

Last Sunday the Club hosted IceWater Marine Training to undertake the General Boat Licence course for members and friends.  Sixteen members participated including 6 juniors who all achieved a pass in the desk top tests and are now ready to undertake their practical (log book) trips and then obtain their full licence.  Another course can be scheduled early next year for members and friends, contact the club if you want to express interest.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm.  As from December 1st attendance is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors.  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 .

Keep your rods bent!

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 NOVEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 NOVEMBER 2020

Annual Tri Estuary Fishing Competition applauded as a great success.

 

 Caption:  David Hay receives his first prize for Bream from Vice President Alan Wilkins. 

 

The ever popular Tri Estuary Challenge was held last weekend.  Anglers enjoyed good conditions and catch rates were really excellent, run as a catch and release event the effect on our local fish population was minimal.  The exciting last minute announcement of Kane McKill’s $400 cash for the longest mulloway (jewfish) really stepped up the competition but alas none were taken.  The all important first prize for the longest bream was taken out by David Hay with a magnificent 428mm fish from the Merimbula Lake.   Val Harvey fished Merimbula Lake on Saturday then went to Pambula on the Sunday to achieve first place for dusky flathead at 870mm.   Fishing solely from the Clubs Spencer Park jetty brought Jake Young the prize for the longest Trevally at 443mm.  Trolling in the Merimbula Top Lake brought Urs Buhlman the win for tailor with a massive 549mm catch.   For other the other species longest fish category, congratulations to Martin Bartlett picking up a 572mm Australian salmon trolling near the Merimbula Bridge.  Celebrating our junior anglers we have 6yr old Elise Walker of Greigs Flat taking first prize with a lovely 369mm bream, clearly one of our new wave of angling experts.  Sophie Grech caught a very credible 602mm  dusky flathead, congratulations to Sophie.  Congratulations also to Tiffany Bragg for her 369mm trevally.   7 yr old Logan Walker cleaned up in two categories, firstly a 445mm tailor and then a very large 534mm Australian salmon.   Extra special congratulations to Logan.

We again advise that the Merimbula entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious.  At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

Offshore the waters are warming there is lots of baitfish and we await the first reports of Marlin activity.  Ocean flathead are now really well on the bite off Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland.  Best results from about 18-20 fathoms.  Some good snapper are available off Long Point, the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at North Head and Boyds Tower out of Eden.   Snapper and gummy shark are feeding well on salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.  Some really large calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs.

The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for Australian salmon, bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally.  Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics.  Simple silver spinners trolled give good results especially in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Mogareeka is the place for good dusky flathead, work the shallow edges with soft plastics.  Sand bars up the Bega River are restricting access apart from Kayaks.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew.  Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest.  Congratulations to James Fennessary, new member, competing in his first fishing competition for his second prize dusky flathead of 761mm, taken from the Merimbula Top Lake.   Luderick are schooling in the channel above the bridge preparing for their summer sojourn out past the Merimbula fishing platform to feed along the headlands.   With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm.  Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules.  All bookings & 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 .

Keep your rods bent!

 

 

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 NOVEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 NOVEMBER 2020

Good Weather Beckons for the Annual Tri Estuary Fishing Competition this weekend 21-22 November 2020
Caption: Junior angler Emily O’Brien 8yrs of Wellington NSW shows a lovely catch and release bream at Thompsons, Bega River.

The ever popular Tri Estuary Challenge is on this coming weekend 21 & 22 November. An exciting last minute announcement is the Kane McKill $400 cash for the longest Jewfish! The Tri Estuary is open to all comers and they may fish in all or any of our three main estuaries; Bega, Merimbula and Pambula for a total of more than 30 prizes. There are four fish species eligible for prizes bream, dusky flathead, trevally and tailor. Plus prizes for the longest other fish – apart from jewfish! Naturally MBGLAC supports catch and release angling with prizes based on DPI brag mat photographs of fish length. Due to Covid-19 restrictions briefing and entries will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday evening 20 November commencing 4.00pm till 7.00pm. Entries and briefing will be done in batches of 20 to fit the club’s social distancing set-up. So we ask for all to come early and to be patient. Commensurate with Covid-19 disruption entry fees have been halved this year to $25 per person with juniors free entry when accompanied by an adult.

Offshore there are literally acres of bait fish at the edge of the Continental Shelf plus waters have warmed above 19 degrees. So gamefish anglers are now on the lookout for marlin with yellowfin tuna much further out to sea.

For offshore boaters we again advise that the Merimbula entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

Ocean flathead are active off Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18-20 fathoms. Some good snapper have reported from Long Point, the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at North Head out of Eden. Snapper and gummy shark are feeding well on salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.

The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are both productive for Australian salmon and trevally. Simple silver spinners trolled give good results. Kingfish are reported together with the salmon in the Merimbula Channel and hook-ups reported from the club’s jetty in Spencer Park. Good calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs. Slimy mackerel and tailor are also being taken.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew. Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest. Congratulations to John Ashcroft for his 43 cm tailor from the Merimbula Top Lake. Luderick have gathered at the Merimbula Bridge and respond to stringy weed at the start of the runout.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in all three estuaries, Bega, Merimbula and Pambula. Available are good salmon, trevally, dusky flathead and bream. With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening for entries and briefing for the Tri Estuary. Normal operation next Friday 27 November. 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 .

Keep your rods bent!