FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 17 AUGUST 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 17 AUGUST 2020

Good time to sharpen your hooks until better weather returns.

Photo Caption: Emma Badullovich of Merimbula with a magnificent Gummy Shark of some 36Kg taken off Haycock last Thursday with a 15kg line using fresh bait.

Offshore angling is being constrained to one or two days each week as we move through patches of rain and wind associated with a series of south coast lows just like last weekend. For the intrepid there are good fish available like the wonderful gummy shark (flake) shown by Emma Badullovich in photo. Snapper and morwong are active at local reefs when the tide suits. We have reports of bag-out catches off the Haycock Reef taken around 20 fathoms about the turn of the tide ie an hour before and up to an hour after high tide during late afternoon fishing. Best bait squid and pilchards.
Reports confirm lots of humpback whales inshore as they continue their travel northwards for breeding. The DPI has trained members to undertake routine “Citizen Scientist” baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys of the Merimbula Artificial Reefs saving them long trips from Port Stephens. The underwater Go-Pro camera records sound as well as video. Our last survey detected lots of sound reminiscent of bleating cattle which were doubtless from passing whales. Water temperatures are hovering about 15 degrees and there are few slimy mackerel. Yakkas like the deeper water near the bottom.
Ocean flathead are quiet and catches best reported as occasional. We await some warmer water to get them back on the chew.
Australian salmon have become patchy best reported at the north end of Tura Beach. Salmon were also reported from off Haycock, Main and Tura Beaches. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard. Try also 50gm light blue flashed silver spinners.

Pambula River and Broadwater again remain the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even some fine black bream. Keep to the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards. For salmon trawl the lower reaches of the river best results green flashed silver spinners.

In the Merimbula front lake the start of the run-in from the sea should provide some trevally in the channel and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally. Water in the lake is stratified with good salt water below the discolored fresher water near surface. The Bega River remains murky and following heavy rains there is also quite a lot of debris. No action to report.

The MBGLAC Club Room is open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 AUGUST 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 AUGUST 2020

Coronavirus has not stopped keen anglers but the weather is certainly trying hard

Photo Caption: Emma Badullovich with her magnificent Salmon taken off Gillard’s Beach just after dark.

Following last weekend’s heavy rain and rough seas, just like the week before, returns remained poor. We can report however that last week during a break in the weather some intrepid anglers including young Joshua Jones of Tura Beach and his partner Jackson found the bluefin school lying just one kilometer off Green Cape. Hookups were plentiful using available lures mainly bibbed Rapalas. Reports confirm lots of humpback whales inshore off the Tura Beach Golf Course as they continue their travel northwards for breeding.

With no reports of snapper, morwong or gummies during the past week, Australian salmon have remained on the chew off the headlands and beaches as well as in the Pambula River. In fact salmon were the mainstay for anglers during the week. Salmon were reported from off Haycock, Main and Tura Beaches and of course Gillards. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard. If you can bear the cold the best fish are taken just after dark.

Pambula River and Broadwater again remain the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even some fine black bream. Try the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards.

In the Merimbula front lake the start of the run-in from the sea remains good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results and may also entice some large whiting seen in the area. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally.

Reports from the Bega River, which remains open suggest you need to go upstream as there is little action at Mogareeka. Up river where fallen trees make good structures there is some good estuary perch angling but these are a definite no take until the season re opens on 1st September.

Andrew Badullovich sent in a report of wonderful trout fishing at Buckenderra Village. Andrew fishes from a boat, casting towards the shore in about 2m of water using small bibbed lures like the Daiwa Tournament Spike. He and his partner Paul took some fine brown and rainbow trout.

The MBGLAC Club Room is open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 3 AUGUST 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 3 AUGUST 2020

Local anglers welcome the influx of visiting Victorian Gummy Shark with some good catches reported.

Photo Caption: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach with a nice Gummy Shark taken off Haycock Beach

Following the last heavy rain and rough seas a break of sunny weather over last weekend saw a good number of anglers venture out of our principle ports at Quarantine Bay, Merimbula and Kianinny but like the week before returns remained poor. A school of bluefin tuna was reported off Green Cape but no hookups reported. Anglers have noted humpback whales inshore as they continue their travel northwards for breeding.

It was difficult to entice a bite out of snapper or morwong at our local reefs with the water temperature below 15 degrees or even flathead off the sands. Best flathead continue to come from directly off Kianniny at 17 fathoms. Luckily gummies were on the chew inshore and some fine table fish (flake) were taken. Best baits are slimy mackerel and yellowtail. Good results were reported from off Haycock Beach, Lennards Island and near the Pinnacle reef north of Tathra. We are lucky these mainly Victorian caught fish populate our far south coast waters.

During winter while the ocean waters are cool it seems most of our popular fish have gone on strike so it is good to report Australian salmon are on the chew off the headlands and beaches as well as in the Pambula River. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard. If you can bear the cold the best fish are taken just after dark.

Pambula River and Broadwater remain the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even a couple of Jewfish reported. Try the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards. At the Merimbula Wharf there are a few lovely calamari squid about during the evenings accepting slow sinking No. 3 jigs. In the Merimbula front lake the start of the run-in from the sea remains good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally.

With lots of cheering from the locals Curalo Lagoon at Eden was opened last week and has drained well. It is wonderful to see our bird life enjoying sandy beaches previously underwater. Reports from the Bega River, which remains open indicate some good estuary perch angling in the mid upper reaches, but these are a no take until the season re opens on 1st September.

The MBGLAC Club Room is open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 JULY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 JULY 2020

Pambula river stood out last week as cool waters slowed down offshore reef and flathead returns.

Photo Caption: 12 yr old Rali Badullovich with 10 yr old Ava Tatman on the Pambula River releases a fine Australian Salmon caught during the Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition

A break of sunny weather and calm seas saw a good number of anglers venture out of our principle ports at Quarantine Bay, Merimbula and Kianinny but returns were poor. At the local reefs with the water temperature below 15 degrees it was difficult to entice a bite out of snapper or morwong or even flathead off the sands. Best flathead came from directly off Kianniny at 17 fathoms. Snapper and jackass morwong did report from the William Dawes wreck about 25km off Bithry Inlet and further out in waters below the 70 fathom reef line! Luckily gummies were on the chew inshore and some fine table fish (flake) were taken. Good results were reported from off Lennards Island and near the Pinnacle reef north of Tathra.

Australian salmon are reporting off the headlands and beaches as well as in the Pambula River. Some magnificent fish over 60cm in length were landed after dark off Gillards Beach. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard.

Pambula River and Broadwater were the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even a few dusky flathead on the chew. Try the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards. In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea remains good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake plus some occasional trevally.

Reports from the Bega River, which was opened on 15 July, are not so good with little action about Mogareeka. With the recent rains spawning estuary perch should be back on the bite but as it is the breeding season there is a closure until 31 August and all fish caught must be released.

The MBGLAC Club Room is open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 JULY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 JULY 2020

School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition finishes on Saturday

Photo Caption: 8 yr old Kai Schroder of Merimbula shows his 41cm Ocean Flathead on the official DPI brag mat as entered in the Winter School Holiday MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula fishing competition.

Juniors and littlies have enjoyed the Merimbula School Holiday fishing competition organised by the Club and Tackle World Merimbula. None more so than when they returned their record slips to Tackle World and won their selection of a delicious icy pole for every completed slip! To date fish from every category; flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and Australian salmon have been returned and the competition remains ongoing until 3.0pm on Saturday 18 July. All winners will be contacted by MBGLAC within the following week to make arrangements for their $40 Tackle World voucher prizes.

Congratulations to Geoff McMahon President of Eden Game Fishing Club who landed a magnificent 62Kg yellowfin tuna last week a mere 54km due east of Long Point off Merimbula. Geoff used a 2m diver bibbed hard body lure. Lots of good sized albacore are reported from the same area about an easting of 150 degrees 30 minutes. Temperatures along the Continental shelf are reported in the 18-19 degree range but in closer have dropped to between 13 and 15 degrees. This has certainly quieted down local angling, however good snapper and morwong have really been on the chew during the rising barometer, particularly off Lennards, Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best results have come from using micro jigs at about 15 fathoms. Bait fish are everywhere and in good numbers, try first the artificial reefs off Merimbula. Good ocean flathead seem hard to locate particularly in the north out of Kianinny. There is no shortage of undersize fish so try the deeper waters off Tura Headland (22 fathoms) where there are a few really good size tiger flathead.

Take care crossing the Merimbula Bar. Make sure you are wearing your life jacket. Because the Bar remains shallow Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

There are good trevally in the Merimbula channel and tailor in the top lake as well as the Bega River and Pambula lake. Estuary perch are really on the chew in the Bega River and at Pambula as it is the breeding season but there is a spawning closure until 31 August and all fish caught must be released. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock. Off the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard rigged in paternoster style.

Congratulations to Morgan Wood who won the Clubs Salmon Sunday fishing competition at Haycock Beach with a lovely 55cm Australian Salmon. Fishing conditions early on last Sunday were benign before the rains came and Morgan ‘s result was a true testimony to the old adage: “the early bird catches the worm”.

The MBGLAC Club Room has been re-opened for Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 JULY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 JULY 2020

School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition in Full Swing

Photo Caption: 10 yr old Angus Ryan shows his 50cm Australian Salmon taken in Pambula Lake and entered in the MBGLAC – Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holidays Junior Fishing Competition.

With visitors flocking in during the school holidays we repeat advice to take care with appropriate social distancing while fishing especially with the excitement around town from competitors in the MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition.

Weather permitting game fishing anglers are reporting both yellowfin and bluefin tuna together with albacore and striped tuna all well offshore. Try the second drop off. Closer in about our local reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower there remain good snapper and morwong, with the big snapper preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

We advise that the Merimbula Lake channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows where there was once the main channel. Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous and due to the shallow conditions Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

With the Clubs “Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition” now underway we can report some excellent results so far with good tailor in the Bega River near Mogareeka as well as in the Merimbula Top Lake. Generally best results are achieved with soft plastics as swarms of smaller fish will attack baits, making it hard for the larger fish to have time to bite. There are some large trevally as well as luderick in the lower Merimbula channel and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock.
The MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition is open to all children, with free entry. With a prize pool of $400 Juniors (under 16yrs) and Small Fry (under 11 yrs) are all eligible for prizes from a suite of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. Entry is free, just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackle World Merimbula) together with some record sheets. Full details from Tackle World or the Clubs Website www.mbglac.com.au and you are in it to win it! The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

With July already here the Club’s Salmon Sunday is scheduled for this coming Sunday 12 July. A great early morning fish then a lovely social BBQ. We are also pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

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