FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 MAY 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 MAY 2018

Idyllic conditions last weekend for Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Tackle World Merimbula Snapper Classic.

Photo Caption:  Michel Martin of Merimbula shows his prize winning 3.3kg snapper taken off Haycock last Saturday during the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic.

Far South Coast Game Fishing is reaching a crescendo with the Canberra Yellowfin Tournament this coming weekend out of Bermagui and the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Open Tournament just a couple of weeks later on the weekend of 9-11 June.  Merimbula’s fishing area is between due East of Goalen Head to the North and due East of the Southern end of Disaster Bay to the South.  While Yellowfin Tuna is the prize fish for both tournaments other game fish also rate in the extensive prize lists.

Catches of snapper have improved off our local reefs and Michael Martin’s prize winning fish, a magnificent 55cm, calculated to weigh 3.3kg, was taken drifting with squid bait at Haycock Reef just out of Merimbula.  Michael won an $800 Tackle World Merimbula voucher for this fish.  Other active reef areas include White Rock out from Kianinny, Long Point, Horeshoe, Lennards Island, North Head and Mowarry.  Together with snapper, some very large morwong remain on the bite.   Runner up in the Snapper Classic was Pambula angler Les Dirou with a 51.5cm fish for a $500 voucher and close behind in third place was a 51cm snapper taken by Dean Greenwell taking home a $200 voucher.  A special cash prize of $400 sponsored by McKays Oysters for the largest bag of 5 snapper was won by Geoff McMahon and Gloria Sebley at 205.5cm closely followed by Aidan Aitken and Josh Klimas on 204cm.

Good ocean flathead remain on the chew at the usual spots off Bithrys, White Rock, Bournda Island and Tura Headland.   Ocean temperatures close in remain mild at 17-18 degrees.  Good fish can also be taken off Long Point at about 24 Fathoms.

Evening fishing at the northern end of Tura Beach near Tura Headland has seen some excellent Australian salmon catches with salted pilchards a useful bait.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform there remain some excellent Calamari squid to be taken on slow sinking jigs.

Shore fishing the early evening can bring rewards at the Pambula River mouth with some particularly large tailor about.  Deeper placed baits can hook up eagle rays which always give the angler a great fight before release.  In all the estuaries dusky flathead as well as trevally, tailor & bream can be found.  Soft plastics or burley and pilchards are the way to go.  Some very large estuary perch have come down the Bega River to spawn and while a great angling fish must not be kept out of season.

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 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 14 MAY 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 MAY 2018

Reasonable Conditions Forecast for this weekend’s Tackle World Merimbula Snapper Classic.

Photo Caption:  Chris Young of Tura Beach shows a lovely Sapper taken off Long Point Merimbula.

Weather permitting, Game Fishing off Merimbula has continued its great run with lots of striped marlin action as more and more anglers switch to using tuna techniques to hook up marlin.

Catches of snapper have improved off our local reefs including White Rock out from Kianinny, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point.  Together with snapper, morwong remain on the bite.  The scourge of oceanic green toads seems to have passed although chinamen, pike and couta can still be problems.

Good ocean flathead can be taken off Long Point at about 24 Fathoms and remain on the chew at the usual spots off Bithrys, White Rock, Bournda Island and Tura Headland.   Last weekend was virtually a wipe out given the strong winds and showers but improving conditions with offshore winds make reef fishing doeable!

Evening fishing at the northern end of Tura Beach near Tura Headland has seen some excellent Australian salmon catches with salted pilchards a useful bait.  Night fishing off Merimbula Beach at the Sticks opposite the Airport is also seeing good salmon and large tailor.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform there remain some excellent Calamari squid to be taken on slow sinking jigs.  The annual luderick run seems to have expired although both luderick and drummer are available from the rocks at Merimbula, Short Point and Tura Headland.  Usual baits are cabbage weed and cunjevoi.  Rock fishing anglers are advised to wear lifejackets especially during heavy seas.

Pambula Lake remains hot with great trevally and tailor.  In all the estuaries dusky flathead as well as trevally, tailor & bream can be found.  Soft plastics or burley and pilchards are the way to go.  Bega River is best for bream.

Coming events include this weekend’s annual Snapper Classic with a prize pool greater than $2,000 in cash and vouchers plus many other prizes, for the longest snappers.  Briefing will be at the Spencer Park Clubhouse on Friday 18 May with doors open at 6.30pm.  All are welcome to fish in this competition; locals, members and visitors alike!  This is a catch and release event. Entries at the briefing at the Clubhouse on Friday, doors open 6.30pm.  In early June the Club’s annual Game Fishing event; the Merimbula Open Game Fishing Tournament kicks off on the 9th.

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 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 7 MAY 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 MAY 2018

Anglers sharpening their hooks ready for the Annual Snapper Classic.

Photo Caption:  7 year old Kade Jenkins of Merimbula shows his skill landing a juvenile Australian salmon at North Tura beach.

Weather permitting, Game Fishing off Merimbula has continued its great run with reports of 60-70 tag and release marlin over the past season. Kingfish remain patchy although local divers report fish up to 20kg off Short Point and Tura Headland.

With a prize pool greater than $2,000 in cash and vouchers plus many other prizes, for the longest snapper, the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s annual Snapper Classic will be run in just over a week’s time, yes the weekend of 19 and 20 May.  Not 26 -27 as previously advertised.  The Committee decided to bring forward the competition so as not to conflict with Canberra’s Yellowfin tournament scheduled for the 26-27 at Bermagui.  It also brings the snapper competition a week forward into, hopefully, our remaining wonderful autumn weather.  The briefing will be at the Spencer Park Clubhouse on Friday 18 May with doors open at 6.30pm.  All are welcome to fish in this competition; locals, members and visitors alike!  This is a catch and release event. Entries at the briefing, at Tackle World Merimbula or over the web www.mbglac.com.au.

Hosted this year by the Pambula Fishing Club the Tri Club “Grudge Match” (Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Clubs) was resoundingly won by the Pambula Club on 60 points followed by Merimbula and Eden Clubs on 46 and 45 points respectively.  Congratulations to Pambula for a really great event and social.

Of note is that Pambula’s winning snapper was under 2kg. – nothing like the monsters of South Australia and Victoria.  Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast.  The two stocks meet and mix around Eden in southern NSW.  Sapphire Coast snapper are plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north, but are of equivalent age.  This means that our local snapper are older weight-for-age and just like long lived orange ruffy, possibly the better table fish.

Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point continue.  Returns are not helped by an influx of pike and couta plus the annoying chinamen leatherjackets.

More northerly, ocean flathead remain on the chew at the usual spots off Bithrys, Bournda Island and Tura Headland, however returns can be low due to the chinamen jackets.  Try at 15 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and 21 fathoms of Bithry’s.

It’s a good time for beach fishing when the SW winds set in.  For salmon try the gutters near Bournda Island also the Headland, Short Point, Haycock and Aslings beachs.  Good returns can come using three-ganged hooks presenting a whole pilchard.  After dark remember to use a wire trace as there are some large tailor on the prowl.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform there have been some great days for calamari squid.  There is also plenty of bait fish mainly yellowtail and slimy mackerel and the occasional Kingfish.

Good fish remain on the chew in our estuaries including luderick in Pambula Lake on nippers.  Water temperatures remain mild.  There are fine dusky flathead as well as trevally, bream and even snapper.

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 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 30 APRIL 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 APRIL 2018

Rock fishing anglers have landed some magnificent Australian Salmon off Tura Headland.

Photo Caption:  12 year old Charlie Wheeler of Merimbula with a Luderick taken from the Merimbula Back Lake during the school holidays.

Game fishing off Merimbula has continued its good run with striped marlin tagged and released, generally along the first drop-off at 70 fathoms.  There are reports of large kingfish from Mowarry, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Haycock and Long Point although not in large numbers.

Following on from Anzac Day this season’s first burst of cooler weather saw a brief slowdown in local angling, but an influx of snapper has kept anglers happy.  Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry continue, particularly those areas sheltered from the SW winds.  It is certainly good to see the arrival of more snapper as the Club’s Tackle World Snapper Classic approaches for the weekend of 26-27 May.

Ocean Flathead remain on the chew at the usual spots off Bithrys, White Rock, Bournda Island and Tura Headland however returns are low due to the strong winds and cut-offs due to patches of oceanic green toads (Smooth golden puffer fish) and Chinamen Leatherjackets.  Try at 15 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and 21 fathoms of Bithry’s.

It’s a good time for beach fishing when the SW winds set in.  For salmon try the gutters near Bournda Island also the Headland, Short Point, Haycock and Aslings beachs.  Good returns can come using three-ganged hooks presenting a whole pilchard.  After dark remember to use a wire trace as there are some large tailor on the prowl.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform there have been some great days for calamari squid.  There is also plenty of bait fish mainly yellowtail and slimy mackerel and the occasional Kingfish.

Good fish remain on the chew in our estuaries and water temperatures remain mild.  There are fine dusky flathead as well as bream and even snapper.

Flounder remain on the chew in Merimbula Lake together with trevally and bream.  There is a large amount of anchovie bait fish in the lake and this keeps tailor busy providing angler’s excellent sport.  All you need is a silver spinner.  Large blue swimmer crabs remain abundant.  At Pambula there are good bream and trevally along the drop off near the shark hole some.  Try Pambula Broadwater for dusky flathead and the entrance for salmon. The Bega River continues to give good bream up river and dusky flathead and whiting at Mogereeka.

Hosted this year by the Pambula Fishing Club the Tri Club “Grudge Match” (Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Clubs) is being held this coming weekend, commencing 4.00pm on Friday 4 May and finishing 12.00pm on Sunday 6 May.  Pambula will host a BBQ at their clubhouse, landing road, Broadwater commencing 1.00pm Sunday followed by the points tally & presentation. This is a popular event and can be a good warm up for the annual Merimbula Snapper Classic to be held later on 26-27 May.  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 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 23 APRIL 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 APRIL 2018

Rock fishing anglers have landed some magnificent Australian Salmon off Tura Headland.

Photo Caption:  Mirador local Tim McConnachie shows a lovely Morwong taken off Eden.

A number striped marlin were reported tagged and released off Eden and the first of the seasons broadbill was hooked out from Merimbula.  As well, deep droppers at the shelf are getting good returns of hapuka, blue eye, ling and ocean perch.  Good schools of baitfish are mainly inshore and difficult to find at the shelf.

Snapper are reporting along our local reefs all the way south past Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and to Green Cape where fish up to the 3kg mark have been taken.  This portends well for Merimbula’s Annual Snapper Classic later in May.  Morwong are more common off the northern reefs including Long Point, White Rock and the Pinnacle north of Kianinny.   Chinamen leatherjackets are becoming more of a problem and anglers are advised to fish early morning before they school up.  Dropping a rig for flathead that simply does not reach the bottom is no fun for anyone.  Compounding the problem is the influx of green oceanic toads that chew off lines just as easily as the chinamen.  Large schools of sweep don’t help.

Australian salmon and tailor are schooling off the headlands and also the beaches from near Bournda Island, Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock and Aslings beaches.   Best time is evening on a rising tide.  Try salted pilchards or 30-50gm silver spinners.  Schools of bonito off the headlands as well can quickly break the monotony.

Medium size bronze whaler sharks (to 3m) have been hooked at both the Tathra Wharf and the Merimbula Fishing platform, so it looks like the time of year when sharks are plentiful inshore.  From the wharfs calamari squid seem best just before full dark but this may change as the moon fills.

Flounder have come on the chew in Merimbula Lake together with trevally and bream.  Anchovie bait fish in the lake has kept large schools of tailor busy providing anglers excellent sport.  All you need is a silver spinner.  Large blue swimmer crabs are abundant, make sure you use legal crab traps and not nets.  At Pambula  there are good bream and trevally and along the drop off near the shark hole some beautiful six spined leatherjackets.  Try Pambula Broadwater for dusky flathead and the entrance for salmon. The Bega River continues to give good bream up river and dusky flathead and whiting at Mogereeka.

Local anglers are preparing for the Tri Club “Grudge Match” (Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Clubs) scheduled for 4-6 May and hosted by Pambula.  This is a popular event and can be a good warm up for the annual Merimbula Snapper Classic to be held later on 26-27 May.  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 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!

HING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 APRIL 2018

HING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 APRIL 2018

Photo Caption:  Part time local Joe Battaglia shows a magnificent Calamari Squid taken on a pink 3gm jig off the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

Holiday Anglers Blessed with Settled Weather for Ocean Fishing

The southern game fish run continues and weather permitting game fishers are maintaining good tag and release action for striped marlin off the shelf.  Good Mahi Mahi (Dolphin fish) remain at the FAD and some great catches are reported.

Numbers of morwong and snapper are reported off the more northern reefs including Long Point and Haycock.  They are also on the chew further to the south at Lennards Island, North Head and Mowarry.  Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem.

Kingfish remain patchy at Mowarry as well as off Tura Headland and Long Point.  Bonito have arrived off Long Point and in past Yellow Rock.  Bonito are easily taken casting with small silver lures and by trolling.  Ocean Flathead remain on the chew further north at White Rock and NE off Baronda Head at 13-15 fathoms.

Good salmon and tailor are shoaling off the beaches from near Bournda Island.  Try also Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock and Aslings beaches.   Best time is evening on a rising tide.  Try salted pilchards or 30-50gm silver spinners.

Calamari squid continue to grace the local wharfs at Tathra and Merimbula.  The new lights at the Merimbula Fishing Platform wharf are a great calamari attractor. Luderick are still around and respond to artificial lures.  After dark some good catches of slimy mackerel have been reported.  Use small hooks and squid bait.

There are lots of anchovie bait fish in the Merimbula Lake with tailor providing anglers excellent sport.  All you need is a silver spinner.  Trevally remain plentiful at Merimbula both the top lake and downstream past the bridge, try soft plastics.    The estuaries continue to fish well with lovely blue lipped bream, tailor, mullet, trevally and lots of breeding snapper all on the chew.  Try Pambula Broadwater for dusky flathead and the entrance for Salmon.

Local anglers are preparing for the Tri Club “Grudge Match” (Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Clubs) scheduled for 4-6 May and hosted by Pambula.  This is a popular event and can be a good warm up for the annual Merimbula Snapper Classic to be held later on 26-27 May.  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 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!