FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 JUNE 2020

Spells of Good Weather Support Local Anglers

Photo Caption: Junior member Joshua Jones on Lucky 1, Captained by Martin Bartlett, shows his first tag and release Albacore Tuna off Eden.

The search continues for yellowfin tuna and there are reports of some captures of smaller fish. Albacore Tuna are more active and fish up to 13kg reported off Tathra at 65 fathoms, and also in deeper waters out from Eden.

With the weather holding, anglers are reporting good snapper off the usual reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Ocean flathead are not scarce but seem to be best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 22 fathoms. Water temperatures near shore remain cool in the 15 degree range and returns have definitely slowed.

On Tuesday 16 June the DPI Fisheries inspected the Merimbula Artificial Reefs using self powered submersible video equipment and report very favorable weed growth and colonisation by a variety of fish species. One in particular, the bearded cod, is not seen in any of the more northern artificial reefs. There are lots of slimy mackerel in mid water with yakas deeper down, together with small cuta.

In the estuaries the cooler waters have generally slowed activity. However in the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are very active and a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. There are Australian salmon in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake and the Bega River at Mogareeka. At both Pambula and the Bega River; Estuary Perch are biting well on soft plastics as this is their breeding time. Please note that for four months; 1 May to 31 August there is an annual zero bag limit for estuary perch and Australian bass in saltwaters. The closure provides protection for these hard hitting native sportfish, which travel from freshwater to the saltwater estuaries to breed.

Salmon Sunday the Club’s mid winter social at the beach, is scheduled for Sunday 11 July. The whole event to be held at Haycock Beach, is based on an early morning salmon fish then, observing social distancing rules, a get together in the sun for the popular BBQ. 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.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 JUNE 2020

Yellowfin Tuna have arrived – just 52 kilometers off Eden

Photo Caption: Club Member Ross McCormack with a magnificent Yellowfin Tuna taken off Eden during the Long Weekend.

Local angler Ross McCormack took out the Club’s prize in its Long Weekend Yellowfin Tuna event. Ross, captain of “Wet Patch” together with his wife Frenzy are congratulated for boating a lovely plus 50kg fish taken some 52 kilometers off Eden. No other yellowfin were reported although there were some patches of albacore in the same area.

With some lovely weather over the Long Weekend angers were a little disappointed in their returns. Water temperatures near shore were cool at 14.8 degrees, at least a degree cooler than the previous week and it seems that a lot of fish were not feeding well due to the temperature drop. Saturday’s penumbral lunar eclipse (Strawberry Moon) or just the full moon was noted as a normal poor fishing day. Don’t fish the full moon or the full dark we are told. Who knows?

Ocean flathead were certainly on the chew off Tura Headland but in the deeper waters at 22 fathoms. Snapper seemed quiet with few reports available. Some good gummy shark were taken off Haycock Beach and all else fairly quiet.

We repeat the advice to take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the 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.

Schools of slimy mackerel bait fish underlain by cuta at the artificial reefs are available but as noted above cannot always be relied to be on the chew.

Over the weekend some lovely calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula Fishing platform. Best time late afternoon and early morning. Try a No 3. slow sinking jig.

In the estuaries the cooler waters have slowed activity. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor plus a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. One positive is Australian salmon which do feed in the estuaries during the full moon. In the lower reaches of the Pambula River trolling with green coloured spinners is bringing good results. Good salmon are also in the channels at Mogareeka.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club commenced its fishing year on June 1st where anglers earn championship points based on species length photographed on DPI brag mats. 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.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 JUNE 2020

Anglers on Lookout for Elusive Yellowfin Tuna

Photo Caption: Not to be outdone from last weeks magnificent almost 1.7m fish, this week Alan Wilkins has upgraded his local Gummy (flake) tally to 1.71m. This plus 30 kilo gummy is held by Alan and Martin Bartlett, Captain of Lucky 1.

In lieu of the 40th Merimbula Open which was scheduled for the long weekend but postponed to the following year, this long weekend June 6-8 the club will run a social event in search for the elusive yellowfin tuna. Commencing 7.00am Saturday and finishing Monday 5.00pm, this event is open to members and their guests with free entry. Offshore anglers Shane Mayberry and Ole Ersvaer are to be congratulated for their fine catch of blue eye from the depths beyond the edge of the continental shelf.

With benign weather following last weeks blow there is certainly good snapper on the chew with some lovely fish being landed from off White Rock, Long Point, Hunter Reef, Horshoe Reef, Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Best time is early morning and evening with a change of tide. Try squid and pilchard baits.

Take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the 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.

There are large schools of slimy mackerel bait fish underlain by cuta at the artificial reefs. Ocean flathead are widespread but of generally mediocre size. Australian salmon are available running off our beaches and headlands, silver spinners or ganged pilchards are the way to go.

In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor plus a few dusky flathead, bream and trevally remain on the bite. Don’t forget there are some large octopuses in the deep holes at Merimbula. Dusky flathead are reported from Wallagoot Lake and at
Mogareeka in the Bega River.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club commenced its fishing year on June 1st where anglers earn championship points based on species length photographed on DPI brag mats. 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.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 MAY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 MAY 2020

Wild weather suits board riders while anglers sharpen their hooks.

Photo Caption: Alan Wilkins show his magnificent 1.7m long gummy shark taken off the inside of the Horseshoe Reef south of Haycock Point

From June 1st NSW citizens will be able take recreational trips across NSW, as long as they maintain social distancing and good hygiene. Travelers from interstate will be able to visit NSW but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said lifting the holiday travel restriction will give everyone a much needed break and help get small businesses and the tourism industry moving again. “I must stress to everyone that, while we want people to enjoy a well-earned holiday, we must do this responsibly and continue to abide by physical distancing measures, as the last thing we want is further outbreaks that will force us to reintroduce restrictions.”

Wild weather due to a low pressure system in the Tasman Sea has curtailed offshore anglers over the past few days but as conditions improve we look forward to getting back out to our favorite marks. Snapper and morwong should be firing along reef areas from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards, North Head, Boyds Tower, Mowarry and along the reef edges between Saltwater Beach and Green Cape. Best time is early morning and evening with the change of tide.

Take care over the Merimbula Bar, remember Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

Good size ocean flathead were reported off Tura Headland at 17 fathoms and off Short Point at 10 fathoms. After the blow let’s see where they turn up. Australian salmon are available running off our beaches and headlands, wait until the seas aren’t so rough. Silver spinners or ganged pilchards are the way to go.

In the Merimbula Top Lake activity is continuing to slow as the temperature drops. Tailor are ever-present as well as bream, some dusky flathead and trevally.
At Mogareeka in the Bega River soft plastic and metal vibe lures give best results for bream, trevally and dusky flathead as there is less encouragement for swarms of small bream which continually strip any bait presented.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club will commence its fishing year on June 1st where anglers earn championship points based on species length photographed on DPI brag mats. 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.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 18 MAY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 18 MAY 2020

Good conditions and a slowing down of the East Australian Current have favoured deep drop angling off the Continental Shelf

Photo Caption: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach shows a lovely Sand Flathead taken off Baronda Headland north of Tathra.

With good offshore conditions and a slowdown in the East Australian Current game anglers patrolling local waters on the lookout for elusive yellowfin tuna have at least been successful with deep dropping off the edge of the Continental Shelf. Reports of good catches of lovely blue eye, ling and ocean perch are to hand. Congratulations to Chris Dargan and Stewart Jeffrey.

Social distancing must still be adhered to under NSW laws. This includes angling from jetties and boats. NSW does not allow local and regional travel – no tourism and visitation for the time being. Only locals should be out fishing for exercise and food. Of course when the restrictions are relaxed Merimbula and indeed the whole Sapphire Coast where there are blue skies, clean air, clean water and lovely beaches will undoubtedly attract visitors in abundance.

Snapper continue to perform at local reefs such as White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards , North Head and Boyds Tower. Best time is early morning and evening with the change of tide. Ocean flathead have reappeared at popular spots off Cowdroys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland, try 15-20 fathoms. Good size Australian salmon are running off our beaches and headlands. Try North Tura, Headland, Haycock and Aslings. Silver spinners or ganged pilchards are the way to go. Large kingfish have been speared off Long Point.

Activity is continuing to slow in our estuaries as the temperature drops. Try the change of tide near Mogareeka in the Bega River. Soft plastic and metal vibe lures give best results as there is less encouragement for swarms of small bream which continually strip any bait presented.

In the Merimbula channel fish for trevally and tailor from around the bridge, the Marina, and the MBGLAC jetty. Best time is low tide with soft plastics or pilchard baits. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are ever-present as well as bream, some dusky flathead and trevally.

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.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 11 MAY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 11 MAY 2020

Better Weather ahead. Game Fishers searching for Yellowfin Tuna

Photo Caption: Heather Sutterby of Tura Beach shows a plus 2kg Snapper taken south of Haycock Point.

Strong winds have made offshore angling difficult however there are reports of yellowfin tuna off Bermagui and Batemans Bay. With improving weather forecast local game anglers will be searching for yellowfin in our waters off Kianinny, Merimbula and Eden.

With the new corona virus rules to be implemented from Friday, NSW will still not be allowing local and regional travel – no tourism and visitation for the time being. Only locals should be out fishing for exercise and food.

We have repeatedly warned about the bar at Merimbula. Take particular care when the swell is up and tides low. Council is sandbagging along parts of Merimbula beach to prevent erosion. If the false channel was blocked, natural tidal flow would undoubtedly scour out the bar and return it to normal.

Excellent snapper are reported from local reefs such as White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horshoe, Lennards , North Head and Boyds Tower. Good size gummy shark are about south of Haycock. Try a single bait, weighted to the bottom. Ocean flathead have reappeared at popular spots off Kianinny, Turingal Head, Bournda Island, Tura Headland, Short Point and Haycock. Try 15-20 fathoms. Off our beaches good size Australian salmon are running and bag out catches (5 fish) the order of the day. Try a wire leader as good size tailor are also on the chew.

Activity is slowing in our estuaries as the temperature drops. Try the change of tide near Mogareeka in the Bega River which remains open. There are here are bream, trevally and dusky flathead, best results from soft plastics.

In the Merimbula channel fish for trevally and tailor from around the bridge, the Marina, and the MBGLAC jetty – abide by distance rules. Best time is low tide with soft plastics or pilchard baits. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are ever-present as well as bream, some dusky flathead and trevally.

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.

Keep your rods bent!