FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Difficult Fishing Conditions with the arrival of Springtime Winds.

Photo Caption: Last Saturday Lachlan Wilkins just 4 1/2 years old, visiting from Bairnsdale, measures his first ever Salmon taken at Tura Beach on pilchards.

When the strong westerlies are blowing it’s a good time to fish for salmon off our beaches. Salmon and good tailor are best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening. Try triple gang hooked pilchards as bait or if you want to cast, 50gm blue coloured metal lures. Salmon and tailor are also in the Pambula River and Broadwater. Trolled silver lures are also working well.

Now is also the time to fish the headlands and estuaries when some sheltered areas can be found. We have reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi. Good Tailor are about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go.

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and when you can get out there are snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. Best depths about 17 fathoms. With the moon starting to make gummy shark should be back on the chew at the reef edges. Locally there are is a fair number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Good flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 17 fathoms. Further South off Baronda Headland try 15 fathoms.

Bream are spawning in the Bega River with most gathered near Thompsons. Down river near Mogareeka some good tailor respond to silver lures, best early morning and evening.

The Merimbula Fishing platform is alive with yellowtail and a few slimy mackerel. Burley is a must to bring the bait fish onto the bite. Calamari squid are falling to those with patience using mostly red colored jigs.

On Friday 20 September 6.30 for 7.00pm the Club will host John Smythe who will talk about the Sea Urchin Problem. John’s presentation will give a background to the problem and how it has been addressed at state level. He will outline a possible small scale program that MBGLAC may be interested in to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf, restoring the weedy habitat and increase fishing opportunities.

John is secretary of Abalone Association of NSW the peak industry body for the abalone and sea urchin fisheries in NSW. He is also a NSW Director on the Abalone Council of Australia, the body that represents the abalone fishery nationally as well as co-ordinates all abalone research through FRDC. He has been abalone diving for 45 years mostly out of Merimbula, Tathra and Eden and has been involved with research into sea urchins since the early 1990s.

All are welcome to attend and this topical presentation looks like being very interesting and timely.

You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. 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 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

A Great time for Black Drummer off the Headlands.

Photo Caption:  Alan Wilkins Member of Tura Beach shows a lovely Gummy Shark  taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock Point.

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and there are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry Point, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs.  Some fine gummy shark remain active at the reef edges.   Locally there are is a fair number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come?  Reports of very large slimy mackerel have come from Tathra Beach near Mogareeka and further north at Nelsons and Cowdroys Beaches.  Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 17 fathoms.  Further South off Baronda Headland try 15 fathoms.

Now is the time to fish the headlands and estuaries when some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds.  We have reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi.   Good Tailor are about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go.  Dusky Flathead remain quiet.  Good bTailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach.  Best time for Tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening.  Try spinning with metal lures.  Merimbula Lake has returned a few Dusky Flathead best using soft plastics.  ream and estuary perch remain active in the Bega River.  Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

Australian salmon and good tailor are available off our beaches, best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening.  Try triple gang hooked pilchards as bait or if you want to cast, 50gm blue coloured metal lures.  Salmon and tailor are also in the Pambula River and Broadwater.  Trolled silver lures are also working well.

Large schools of luderick remain in the lower channel up to the bridge at Merimbula.  Try from the Marina with stringy week or artificial lures.  Nippers and worms are also great baits for luderick.

From Father’s Day on Sunday 1 September, the zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch ceased in rivers below freshwater impoundments and these fish may be legally retained (2 per day).  For example the Bega River.

The Club’s eagerly awaited Weber Night is scheduled for this Friday Evening 6 September 6.30 for 7.00pm.  What a great way to warm up during these cold winter evenings.   For only $10 per head you can enjoy good company and succulent beef and lamb off the Weber!  Chicken too!  You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. 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 26 August 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 26 August 2019

Life Membership awarded to 30 plus year Club Member and Major Sponsor Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World.

Photo Caption: Ron Vanderdrift formally accepts his Life Membership award from Club President Lindon Thompson at the Club’s presentation last Friday evening.

A break in the strong winds has seen keen anglers out at our local reefs; Long Point and Haycock rewarded with lovely catches of good size snapper and morwong, best results dawn and dusk. Gummys from 13Kg to 15Kg are reported to have been taken from both Horseshoe Reef and Long Point Reef areas. As well good flathead are reporting from off Tura Beach Headland. With this year’s whale season now underway we have reports of a pod of southern minke whales cavorting off Long Point. Minke whales are not as plentiful as humpback whales, and given that these are the most widely hunted species in our oceans such sightings are most notable.

Chinamen leatherjackets are making it difficult on our flathead grounds particularly to the north past white rock. Move south and try Tura Headland.

Australian salmon and good tailor are available off our beaches, best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening. Try triple gang hooked pilchards as bait or if you want to cast, 50gm blue coloured metal lures. Salmon and tailor are also in the Pambula River and Broadwater. Trolled silver lures are working well.

Large schools of luderick remain in the lower channel up to the bridge at Merimbula. Try from the Marina with stringy week or artificial lures. Nippers and worms are also great baits for luderick.

From Father’s Day on Sunday 1 September, the zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch ceases in rivers below freshwater impoundments and these fish may be legally retained (2 per day). For example the Bega River. Within fresh water impoundments such as Brogo Dam the zero bag limit does not apply. The Department of Fisheries has released a large number of trout from its hatchery into Lake Eucumbene at Buckenderra, Braemar and Old Adaminaby. Some reported as big as 5kg! Hopefully these will maintain the wonderful fishery at Eucumbene.

Last Friday evening the Club welcomed Ron Vanderdrift for the Clubs award of Life Membership. Together with over 30 years Club Membership Ron has been a wonderful sponsor for the club and his generosity is sincerely regarded. For the award, the Club was fortunate that all its local Life Members; Robert Wood, John McKay and Shane Mayberry were able to be present in support. For the angling community Ron tells us that his Tackle World store which was completely destroyed by fire is looking forward to re-opening in the new year.

On Friday 30 August the Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome. Yes just a couple of days before Spring! You can enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. 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

A great way to warm up during these cold winter evenings is to come to the Club’s Webber night Friday 6.30 for 7.00pm. For only $10 per head you can enjoy good company and succulent beef and lamb off the Webber!

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 19 August 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 19 August 2019

Best to fish the Estuaries during periods of strong winds.

Photo Caption: Visiting angler Phillip Neven a farmer from Tabbut in Victoria shows his first ever Gummy Shark (flake) taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock Beach during the full moon.

Strong winds offshore and cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) have limited game fishing activity. The good news is that this year’s southerly whale migration is now in full swing with numerous pods of whales easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points. Most are the ubiquitous Humpback but there are also some Southern Right whales about.

There are some good size ocean flathead fish at 20 fathoms to the south east of Turingal Headland but chinamen leatherjackets are making it difficult. Apart from flathead a few medium size snapper and morwong are reported off Long Point also to the south about Green Cape and Bitangabee but very slow at the Haycock and Horseshoe Reefs. Best results dawn and dusk.

Australian salmon and good tailor are available off Aslings, Haycock, Main and Tura beaches, best times early morning and evening. Try triple gang hooked pilchards as bait or if you want to cast, 50gm blue coloured metal spinners. Salmon will also be in the Pambula River and Broadwater. Try trolling with a green spinner.

Gummy shark (flake) and port jackson sharks remain active. Best locations for gummy are along the reef edges; south of the Bithry’s, White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe reef areas a few days each side of the full moon. Anchor and use a burley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders). Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.

Large schools of luderick are populating the lower channel up to the bridge at Merimbula. Try from the Marina with stringy week or artificial lures. Nippers and worms are also great baits for luderick. Good bream and trevally are congregating at Mogareeka near the mouth of Bega River (closed) and some beautiful estuary perch further up river.

On Friday 23 August the Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit and partake in a free family sausage sizzle. You can enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. 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

A great way to warm up during these cold winter evenings is to come to the Club’s Webber night Friday 6 September 6.30 for 7.00pm. For only $10 per head you can enjoy succulent beef and lamb off the Webber!

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 12 August 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 12 August 2019

The Sapphire Coast Whale Season is Under Way

Photo Caption:  Member Harley Jenkins of Berrambool holds his first ever caught Albacore (Longfin Tuna), one of a number boated last Tuesday off Merimbula.

Numerous sightings of humpback whales cavorting off Tura Headland point to the begging of this year’s Sapphire Coast whale season.  The southerly whale migration will extend through to November so there is plenty of time to get your own sightings.  With estimates of up to 30,000 whales having moved north, earlier on, it is anybody’s guess how many there are now on their track back to Antarctica after their annual calving.

While near shore temperatures are now down to 13-14 degrees, out at the edge of the Continental Shelf the waters remain at 17-19 degrees under the influence of the East Australian Current.  It was there, directly off Merimbula, that Reel Gem captained by Glenn Pollock came across a large school of albacore tuna.  Together with whale sightings and lots of tuna landed, a magnificent day was had by all.

The recent cold spell has further quitened our “bread and butter” reef fish however good ocean flathead remain on the chew off Tura Beach and Tura headland.  Try blue coloured soft plastics for the big ones!   Out of Kianniny anglers are finding the going tough with large schools of chinamen leatherjackets.  Best advice is to move further south.

Australian salmon and good tailor are gathered about our headlands, best times early morning and evening.  They will also be moving in and out of the inlets for a few days either side of the full moon.  Try trolling the lower reaches of the Pambula River and Broadwater.

Gummy shark (flake) and port jackson sharks remain active.  Best locations for gummy are along the reef edges; south of the Bithry’s, White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe reef areas a few days each side of the full moon.   Anchor and use a burley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders).  Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.

Good bream and trevally are congregating at Mogareeka near the mouth of Bega River (closed) and some beautiful estuary perch further up river.

The Club’s presentation Night at the Lakeview Hotel last Saturday was a great success and none more so than the awards to Club Champions; Overall Club Champion and Men’s Champion Robert Wood, Women’s Champion Merrily Bell, Junior Champion 13 yr old Bailey Riches and Small Fry Champion 6 yr old Logan Walker.  Congratulations to all.

On Friday 16 August the Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit.  You can enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. 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 5 August 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 5 August 2019

Good Ocean Flathead come on the bite while Dolphins abound off Tura Headland.

Photo Caption: In the good hands of his grandfather Ken McCoombe, 6 year old Oscar Dixon from Torquay Victoria shows his first ever Tevally taken at Mogareeka.

While near shore temperatures are now down to 14 degrees and a lot of our “bread and butter” fish are have gone quiet the opposite has taken place off Tura Beach and Tura headland with good size ocean flathead now on the chew. Try blue coloured soft plastics for the big ones! Anglers report acres of Dolphins cavorting in the same area apparently feeding on large schools of whitebait.

The northerly migration of Australian salmon has come to a halt with the drop in temperature and from now to late October we will have sizeable schools clustered about local headlands and beaches. They will also be moving in and out of the inlets for a few days either side of the full moon. Try trolling the lower reaches of the Pambula River and Broadwater with green coloured metal spinners.

Local reef fish will adjust to the low temperatures and are expected to return to the bite about the local reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs. Best results from anchoring and using a bottom berly bomb.

The beginning of the run-in from the sea remains good for yellowfin bream and trevally particularly over the shallows in the Merimbula Lake. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. In the closed Bega River good bream and trevally are congregating at Mogareeka and some beautiful estuary perch further up river. Try fishing timber structures with vibes.

On Friday 9 August the Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit. You can 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

The Clubs next event is its Presentation Night this Saturday 10 August at the Lakeview Hotel, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Following its change to length measurement not weight (the Kiss and Release principle) a whole new series of Club records will be presented. The following Monday from 7.00pm, 12 August, the Club will be holding its AGM at its Clubhouse in Spencer Park. All welcome.

Keep your rods bent!