FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 11 NOVEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 11 NOVEMBER 2019

Strong Winds Offshore Keep Anglers in the Estuaries.

Photo Caption: Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World and Club President Peter Haar together with a group of excited juniors, all winners in last week’s Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Tri -Estuary Challenge.

Angling is a family sport available to both boys and girls including their parents and grandparents. The Club is dedicated to supporting its juniors and welcomes new members to learn the joys of angling while taking up the Club’s overriding philosophy of catch and release angling and it is more than pleasing to see an ever increasing number of juniors enjoying the sport.

Good ocean flathead are available at Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are about off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs. Try the northern end of Tura Beach, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden for Australian salmon. Best results from gang hooked pilchards.

At the Merimbula wharf the annual luderick run is looking promising. Both cabbage weed and artificial weed will give good results. Calamari squid remain patchy at the wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops. Best results from jigging at dusk.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, try slow trolling in the channels and the main lakes, look for bird activity. There are plentiful trevally and dusky flathead are coming onto the chew as temperatures rise. Some excellent bream are reported from the Broadwater at Pambula try near the oyster leases. Good whiting have also been recorded from the sand flats. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps. Pambula also sports lots of mullet which are best attached with bread burley and will take prawn bait.

At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead and well upstream for Kayak anglers. Try the cliff wall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch. There are lots of whiting in the lower reaches, try over the sand shallows. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers, pilchards and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The Club will be open this Friday 15 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. 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 ENDING 4 NOVEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 4 NOVEMBER 2019

Estuary Anglers rewarded with great returns from Bega River at Mogareeka, Merimbula Lake and Pambula’s Broadwater and River.

Photo Caption:  Ian Neilson of Merimbula takes out the major prize for his catch & release bream presented by Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World Merimbula and Club President Peter Haar.

The Club’s annual Tri-Estuary Challenge, which is totally catch & release based on DPI brag mat photos, ran successfully last weekend with great fishing conditions overall notwithstanding forecasts for inclement weather.  17 juniors made up the 72 entrants overall a near record rollup.  This is an outstanding result for the Club seeking to foster today’s youth into the joys of angling.  Congratulations to 6yr old Logan Walker of Eden who won the junior category for bream, dusky flathead and salmon. Other junior winners include Rali Badullovich with the longest trevally, Ava Tatman the longest tailor, Jackson Antill the longest luderick and Tiffany Bragg for the longest whiting.  Ian Neilson took out the major prize for seniors; aWatersnake Electric Motor sponsored by Jarvis Walker and Tackle World Merimbula, with a magnificent bream of 427mm.  Ian also gained first prize for whiting with a lovely fish of 385mm.  The dusky flathead prize went to AlanWilkins of Tura Beach with a dusky of 722mm.  The trevally and salmon prizes went to long term member Robert Wood.  Finally congratulations to David Hay for his winning luderick.

Ocean flathead have really come onto the chew try off Tura Headland, the Tura Golf course and Long Point from 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms.  Snapper and morwong are on the chew off our local reefs; often at 17 fathoms, try Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape.  Best baits are slimy mackerel.   Try Pambula entrance, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden for Australian salmon.  The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times.  Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

In the estuaries; bream, dusky flathead, trevally and tailor are back on the bite.  At Merimbula trevally, bream, tailor plus an occasional flounder congregate in the lower channel at low tide and good dusky flathead, bream, trevally and tailor are to be found around the oyster leases along the edges of the main lake.   Large bream are typical of Pambula Broadwater plus there are duskys are in the channel between Broadwater and the river at Pambula together with tailor and occasional salmon.  Lovely whiting are also showing up at Pambula. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead and the cliff wall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch.  Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers, pilchards and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The Club will be open this Friday 8 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  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 ENDING 28 OCTOBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 28 OCTOBER 2019

Catering for all anglers and fish lovers the first weekend in November brings Merimbula’s  Tri Estuary Fishing Competition together with the Eden Whale Festival.

Photo Caption: Merrily Bell shows a lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead at Pambula caught in the channel on soft plastics.

The Club’ annual Tri-Estuary fishing Competition is scheduled for the weekend 2-3 November. Details on the Club’s website. Final entries at the briefing on Friday 1 November 6.30 for 7.00pm, at the Clubhouse Spencer Park. The competition is open to all comers and the Club expects a large entry as there are many visitors from Victoria due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Melbourne. The Competition targets eight species; Bream, Dusky Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Salmon, Luderick, Tailor & Jewfish in three estuaries; Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake and is totally catch & release based on DPI brag mat photos. As the opener to the seasons estuary fishing the Tri Estuary has become a very popular event.

Needless to say spectacular whale activity continues off the coast. Further out Yellowfin Tuna are reported along the edge of the Continental shelf.

Ocean flathead have really come onto the chew but northwards it is a battle between the flathead and gear loss due to chinamen leatherjackets. Try more to the south off Tura Headland, the Tura Golf course and Long Point from 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are on the chew off our local reefs; often at 17 fathoms, try Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape. Best baits are slimy mackerel. A problem with the reef fishing now is schools of voracious couta which are prolific. Try Pambula entrance, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden for Australian salmon. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

In the estuaries, tailor, dusky flathead, trevally and bream are back on the bite. At Merimbula trevally, bream and tailor congregate in the lower channel at low tide and good dusky flathead and bream are always around the oyster leases along the edges of the main lake. Duskys are in the channel between Broadwater and the river at Pambula together with tailor and occasional salmon. Good trevally are also on the chew at the Pambula Shark Hole. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead and the cliff wall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The Club will be open this Friday 1 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquires to Chris Young 0417 114 275. 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 ENDING 21 OCTOBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 21 OCTOBER 2019

 Fishing improving in the Estuaries as the waters warm.

Photo Caption: 9 year old Kade Jenkins of Berrambool shows a lovely Bream caught and released during the Club’s Annual Trip Away at Wonboyn.

The East Australian Current has brought a nice finger of warmer water down along the continental shelf and local anglers report the presence of yellowfin tuna with a 30kg capture. Needless to say spectacular whale activity continues off the coast. The sight of humpback whales breaking the surface and slapping their fins on the water is a truly great spectacle.

Best areas for ocean flathead are off Long Point, Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try off White Rock and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs; often between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape. Best baits are slimy mackerel and couta which are prolific. Good salmon remain on Tura Beach just south of the headland. Try also Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

As the lake waters warm, dusky flathead, trevally and bream are coming onto the chew in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula at the Shark Hole and Broadwater. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers and peeled prawns offer the best results

The Club’ annual Tri-Estuary fishing competition is scheduled for the weekend of 2-3 November, just two weeks away. The Competition targets eight species; Bream, Dusky Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Salmon, Luderick, Tailor & Jewfish in three estuary’s; Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake. All catch and release based on DPI brag mat photos. Details on the Club’s website. Final entries at the briefing on Friday 1 November.

The Club will be open this Friday 25 October when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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 ENDING 14 OCTOBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 14 OCTOBER 2019

Mid October Heralds the Start of the Summer Estuary Fishing Season.

Photo Caption: Members and their Guests celebrate the Club’s annual trip away to Wonboyn Lake Resort in conjunction with National Gone Fishing Day.

Spectacular whale activity continues off the Sapphire Coast. The sight of humpback whales breaking the surface and slapping their fins on the water is a true spectacle and this year it seems better than ever.

With the moon full good gummy shark are being taken off our reef edges at Cowdroys north of Kianinny and Just south of Haycock. Good snapper remain at Haycock Point and North Head at about 20 fathoms. Best bait fresh slimy mackerel. There are also good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point and Lennards Island. Flathead anglers continue to battle with chinamen leatherjacks north from Bournda Island and White Rock. Best catches off Tura Headland at 20 fathoms. Further north try off Kianinny and Cowdroys at 18 fathoms.

As the lake waters warm, dusky flathead, trevally and bream are coming onto the chew in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula at the Shark Hole and Broadwater. In the Bega River keen anglers are targeting estuary perch up river, look for overhanging branches and timber, try metal vibes. The Bega River remains closed so try the rockwall up from the launching ramp for bream and near the bridge for dusky flathead. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers and peeled prawns offer the best results

Last Friday and Saturday the Club celebrated its annual trip away at Wonboyn Lake Resort and a wonderful time was had by all with a carry over to this weekends National Gone Fishing Day of 20 October. An initiative of Australia’s Recreational Fishing community which marks the commencement of the summer fishing season. Congratulations to Kristen Matteo of Tura Beach who won the 2019 Mex Williams Trophy for the largest catch and release dusky flathead. Sincere thanks to the club’s hosts Peter and Paula of Wonboyn Lake Resort for such an outstanding weekend.

Just three weeks now until the Clubs annual Tri-Estuary fishing competition scheduled for the weekend of 2-3 November. After the football finals after the Bathurst Supercars, now is the time to seriously consider the summer estuary fishing season. The Competition targets eight species; Bream, Dusky Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Salmon, Luderick, Tailor, & Jewfish in three estuary’s; Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake. All catch and release based on DPI brag mat photos. Details on the Club’s website. Final entries at the briefing on Friday 1 November.

The Club will be open this Friday 18 October when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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 ENDING 7 OCTOBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 7 OCTOBER 2019

Whales Galore, Breaching and Tail and Fin Slapping to Communicate when Strong Winds make the Seas Noisy.

Photo Caption: School Holidays and 8 yr old Hayden Boyle of Wangaratta Victoria, shows his first ever catch and release snapper in Merimbula Lake.

Does Merimbula need a sandbag groin to protect the sand spit between Fishpen and Bar Beach? The spit has been breached by a second channel flowing to the SW and because the tidal flow spread over two channels the entrance is becoming very shallow. Extra care is needed for exit and entry across the bar. Don’t forget your life jackets.

With the recent periods of strong winds and choppy seas there has been some spectacular whale activity off the Sapphire Coast. The sight of humpback whales breaking the surface and slapping their fins on the water is a true spectacle – but the animals don’t do it just for show. David Attenborough tells us that when the seas are rough and noisy all the splashing is about messaging other whales, and the big splashes are for long-distance calls.

Some really excellent snapper have been taken off Haycock Point and North Head at about 20 fathoms. Best bait fresh slimy mackerel. There are also good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point and Lennards Island. North from Bournda Island and White Rock flathead are patchy and anglers continue to battle with chinamen leatherjacks. Best flathead are coming from off the Tura Headland at 20 fathoms. Further north try off Kianinny and Cowdroys at 18 fathoms.

Dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula in the Broadwater. The Bega River remains closed so try the rockwall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch and near the bridge for dusky flathead. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

Squid remain a staple at the Merimbula Wharf. The challenge for the keen angler are schools of Kingfish which occasionally frequent the area.

This is the first notice for MBGLAC’s Tri Estuary fishing competition scheduled for the weekend of 2-3 November. After the football finals and the Bathurst car racing this is the time to seriously commence the summer estuary fishing season. Details on the Club’s website.

Last Friday the Club hosted John Smythe secretary of Abalone Association of NSW who presented to an audience of some 40 Members and visitors the growing sea urchin problem. Sea urchins are devouring the weedy habitat off our reefs leaving barrens unable to support fish and abalone stocks. He outlined a possible small scale research program to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf, restoring the habitat and increase fishing opportunities.

This Friday 11 October is one of the few that the Club will be closed due to the annual Club Trip away to Wonboyn Lake. It will re-open on Friday October 18 when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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!