FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 20 NOVEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 20 NOVEMBER 2017

Dusky Flathead on the chew in our in our local estuaries.

Photo Caption:  7 year old Jordan Gomez of Melbourne with a 2kg Australian Salmon captured at the Merimbula Wharf.

Just before the strong NE winds interrupted offshore angling we had a report that Daniel McCauliffe on Game Chaser caught a solid 42Kg Yellowfin Tuna out from Kianniny.  Warmer currents are pushing southwards and it is anticipated that Marlin will soon be moving into our game areas.  There are already lots of small Slimy Mackerel, just follow the birds.   Closer in, good size Australian Salmon are hugging Haycock Point and Long Point, so it’s worth a slow troll to find the action.  Off the beaches Aslings, Haycock and Tura seem the best localities.

Kingfish have been sighted at the Merimbula Wharf where some stonker squid remain order of the day.  Australian Salmon are also active, mornings and evenings are the best time to hook up, metal spinners and hard body plastics both work well.  Snapper and Morwong can be targeted along our local reefs and respond to bait and soft plastics.  Good size Snapper are reported at about 20 Fathoms off North Head and Green Cape.

Flathead are biting well about the Boyds Tower Reef and some good size Tiger and Sand Flathead are reported.  Flathead are commencing to bite well at all the local spots: Haycock, Tura Beach, White Rock, Kianinny and Nelsons.

Now is the time to get your prawning gear ready for the run at the next new moon.  Some have run already and this means that prawn-like Squid Jigs are the go and both Flathead and Reef areas are firing up.  In the estuaries Tailor remain active early morning and evening.  Try trolling in the Pambula Broadwater and across the deeper holes in the cross channel using silver lures.  A beautiful 15Kg Jewfish is reported from Pambula as well as the large fish hugging the deep holes at Mogareeka.  All the estuaries are returning Bream and Trevally, keep a watch for Garfish and big Mullet.  Dusky Flathead are responding to soft plastics as well as hard body lures.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be holding its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd December.  This fishing competition is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a “brag mat” for prizes.  This event is open to all anglers.  With a new format and a prize pool of some $7,700 for more than 50 prizes the Club anticipates more than 100 competitiors.  The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back lakes and Pambula Lake.  Entry finalized at the Briefing 1st December at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park.  Entry forms from the Club, McKays Oysters and Tackle World Merimbula and Fyshwick.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 13 NOVEMBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 NOVEMBER 2017

Kingfish visit our Local Wharfs.

Photo Caption:  2 year old (3 in December) Lachlan Wilkins shows his Dusky Flathead captured using a “Gone Fishing “ hard body lure in Wonboyn Lake during the Club’s Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition.  Fish held by his father Jarryd.

Offshore game fishing awaits warmer currents though there are already lots of bait fish such as small Slimy Mackerel, just follow the birds.  For bottom droppers waters deeper than 30 Fathoms can however see lots of large Chinamen Leatherjackets.  Along with the bait fish there are some schools of really large Australian Salmon, so it is worth cruising to find the bird activity.  Off the beaches Haycock seems best locality for Salmon.

Kingfish remain elusive at our favourite spot off Mowarry Point though at 21 Fathoms there are some nice pan sized Snapper.  We have heard a very large Kingfish was hooked at the Tathra Wharf but after a protracted duel it was Kingfish one, Angler zero.  Kingfish have been sighted as well at the Merimbula Wharf where squid remain the order of the day.  Member Philip Jacobs also got a great haul of squid off the rocks at Tura Headland.  We await the annual run of Luderick to commence at the Merimbula Fishing Platform with best results from cabbage weed and artificial lures, early morning and evening.  Snapper and Morwong can be targeted along our local reefs and respond to both bait and soft plastics.

Flathead both Sand and Tiger are biting at all the local spots, Haycock, Tura Beach White Rock, Kianinny and Nelsons.  Size is a problem and we await warmer currents to bring in the annual run of larger fish.  Try 25 Fathoms at White Rock and Tura Headland and 15 fathoms adjacent to the Boyd’s Tower reef.

In the estuaries Tailor remain active early morning and evening, but are mostly choppers.  Try trolling in the Pambula Broadwater and across the deeper holes in the cross channel using silver lures.  All the estuaries are returning Bream and Trevally.  Dusky Flathead are responding to soft plastics as well as hard body lures.  Luderick are schooling about the Merimbula Bridge.  Whiting across the sands at high tide love poppers if the wind is blowing.

With a new format and a prize pool of some $7,700 for more than 50 prizes the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be holding its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd December.  This fishing competition is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a “brag mat”.  This event is open to all anglers.  The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back lakes and Pambula Lake.  Entry finalized at the Briefing 1st December at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park.  Entry forms from the Club, McKays Oysters and Tackle World Merimbula and Fyshwick.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 OCTOBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 OCTOBER 2017

The 2017 Whale Season has been outstanding and is marked by the Eden Whale Festival of 3-5 November.

Photo Caption:  The whale season is soon to end and we are waved goodbye by a breaching whale off Merimbula “Photo taken by Wayne Reynolds onboard True Blue, courtesy of Merimbula Marina”

This coming weekend 3-5 November marks the 2017 Eden Whale Festival and we show a magnificent photo taken off Merimbula of a breaching whale on its way to Antarctica.   There is little doubt that there are ever increasing numbers of Whales in our local waters with estimates of between 20,000 to 30,000.  What is without doubt is the number returning to Antarctica is much larger than those that travelled north earlier in the season ready to calve.

While on the subject of Eden the Port Dredging is now well underway and the sediment plume has sparked up local Flathead which are easy to target outside the work area.  Fish in waters deeper than 6 fathoms.  Spoil is being taken to sea and dumped in waters of around 38 fathoms approximately 10km out from Twofold Bay at 150 degrees, 1 minute and 50 seconds East and 37 degrees 5 minutes South.   This disposal ground is the same area used by the Department of Defence when constructing the Naval Wharf.  Once again anglers must not interfere with works but the sediment plume has certainly brought some large Flathead onto the chew.   Elsewhere Flathead both Sand and Tiger remain quiet as local waters have recently cooled to about 15 degrees.  Try 25 Fathoms at White Rock and Tura Headland.

Snapper and Morwong can be targeted along our local reefs and respond to both bait and soft plastics.  With the moon making, the best area to target Gummy Shark is south of Haycock along the Horseshoe reef.  Good Squid have returned to the Merimbula Fishing Platform with best results from orange coloured jigs at evening.

Due to a sewerage spill there has been a mandated 21 day closure of Merimbula Lake to fishing.   Angling is not prevented however with catch and release the order of the day.   Reports to hand show the temperature of the lake is rising and Dusky Flathead are active.  Tailor are active early morning and evening together with some Bream and Trevally.  Whiting are also about and respond well to poppers over the shallows.  At Pambula Lake there are some very large Tailor down near the entrance and schools of Salmon are breaking water up-stream from the Shark Hole, little wonder with sightings of Dolphins in the same area.  Trolling in the Broadwater and across the deeper holes in the cross channel using silver lures brings results.  For beach fishing try Aslings Beach, Haycock and Tura Beach near Bournda Island for Australian Salmon.  Best bait remains whole Pilchard set on a gang hook.

The Bega River remains closed and best angling is at Mogareeka near the ocean, where fish, including some whopping Jewfish are keeping to the deeper holes.

With a new format and a prize pool of some $7,700 for more than 50 prizes the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be holding its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd December.  This fishing competition is catch and release only and is open to all anglers.  Entry forms from the Club, McKays Oysters and Tackle World Merimbula and Fyshwick.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 OCTOBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 OCTOBER 2017

Hooked for Life.

Photo Caption:  Wonboyn Trip Away – The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club Family with their rods, reels, lures and “show bags” received from the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation for “Gone Fishing Day”.

Last weekend saw the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s annual trip away to the Wonboyn Lake Resort.   Not thwarted by strong winds the angling fraternity spread out over the estuary and returned Dusky Flathead, feature of the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition”, plus Tailor, Bream, Estuary Perch, Trevally and lovely Whiting (they remain in the estuary, with catch and release the order of the day).  The fish responded to ever popular pilchard bait as well as soft plastics, blades and hard body lures.  The largest Dusky came from the Wonboyn Lake Resort’s jetty, a great local fishing locality!  The Club extends its thanks to their hosts Bill and Joy and the Club’s social secretary Merrily Bell who made the trip such as success.  All attendees from children to grandparents, some 40 overall, were presented courtesy of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation with “Gone Fishing Day” Shimano rods and reels plus line and hard body lures.  Three of the children ranging in age from 2 to 12 years, using the supplied fishing gear caught their first ever fish and are all truly now “hooked for life”.  Anglers who have joined the national recreational fishing register are helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

Ocean waters are warming and Ocean Flathead are coming back on the chew.  Try all the usual Flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results.  Snapper and Morwong continue to respond to both bait and soft plastics along our local reefs off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.

Good Squid have returned to the Merimbula Fishing Platform and best results from orange coloured jigs at evening.

Tailor together with some Bream, Trevally and Dusky Flathead are active in the Merimbula Lake and Luderick are begining to school.  At Pambula Lake some very large Tailor are about.  Trolling in the Broadwater and across the deeper holes in the cross channel using silver lures brings the best results.  Schools of Australian Salmon are also active in the Broadwater and down river to the entrance.   Fishing the beaches can bring good results for Salmon try Aslings Beach, Haycock and Tura Beach near Bournda Island.  Best bait remains whole Pilchard set on a gang hook.  Remember to also use a popper which often picks up the larger fish.

At Mogareeka with the Bega River closed angling is excellent as fish congregate close to ocean to where there is some salt water soakage.  The fish are also keeping to the deeper holes whenever they can.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 16 October 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 October 2017

Snapper Come Alive along our Local Reefs.

Photo Caption: Linda Miller shows her lovely Snapper taken of Long Point while fishing from local Charter Rathlin II.

Snapper and Morwong are responding to both bait and soft plastics along our local reefs off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.   As shown, beautiful pan sized fish of 1-2Kg are on the chew.  How do these compare to a magnificent 7.6Kg Snapper taken in Port Phillip Bay? (recorded by club member Peter Haar).  What is the difference between the Sapphire Coast and elsewhere?  Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirm the observations of DPI fisheries officer Matt Proctor of Eden; that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock.

The two stocks meet and mix around Eden.  Mr Proctor considers local snapper to be plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north that are of similar age.  Our local snapper are older weight-for-age.  This could mean that just like the long-lived orange roughy, they are could be the best table fish.

Matt’s preferred fishing technique is to anchor and burley in waters of 30-40m adjacent to reef structures, in the zone he terms the “Snapper Highway”.  Matt’s advice is to fish dawn and dusk with evening fishing his preference.  Because of the depth he fishes, tides are not important.  Only during high tide should one try closer in.

Ocean Flathead remain tentative.  Try all the usual Flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results but large fish are few and far between.  Watch out for voracious schools of Couta.

Tailor together with some Bream, Trevally and Dusky Flathead are active in the Merimbula Lake.  At Pambula, summer fish, like Trevally and Red Bream have made an appearance.  Schools of Australian Salmon remain in the Broadwater.  Fishing the beaches can bring good results and club member Graham Bywaters reports really great 3kg plus Australian Salmon near Bournda Island.

At Mogareeka with the Bega River closed excellent angling is anticipated.  Club member and kayak angler Herb Betar has reported a beautiful catch and release 84cm Dusky Flathead.  Herb notes that the Duskies are lying in deeper water than usual.  A 94cm Jewfish was also reported from the Mogareeka area.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” on Sunday 15 October passed successfully with anglers enjoying beautiful weather conditions and utilising DPI supplied fishing tackle distributed by the club.  Anglers who have joined the national recreational fishing register are helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

The Club’s annual trip for 2017 is on this coming weekend at the Wonboyn Lake Resort.  This trip and its main feature the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers.   All prizes will be based on photographed length on a brag mat so catch and release is the game.  Fishing is scheduled to commence at 12 midday on Friday and will end 6.0pm on Saturday.  Enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.  Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  John McKay 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 9 OCTOBER 2017

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 OCTOBER 2017

Southern Bluefin Tuna sighted inside the Continental shelf.

Photo Caption: Malcolm Gaeth shows a 11kg Gummy taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock.

Game anglers are excited to hear that Southern Bluefin Tuna have been sighted off Eden inside the Continental Shelf.  Most fish seem about 20kg plus although some larger ones have been noted.  For a long while the only Southern Bluefin we have heard of were 180-200km off shore and only falling to longliners.  Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

The full moon has seen Gummy Sharks (Flake) active again and some wonderful fish are responding to squid and pilchards at reef edges.  There are good Snapper and Morwong off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.  These all respond to soft plastics or a paternoster rig also with squid or pilchards.   At all the usual Flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet Flathead remain tentative.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results but large fish are few and far between.  Watch out for voracious schools of Couta.

In the Merimbula Lake there is some activity in the lower reaches with schools of Anchovies and Silver Bream coming in from the ocean.  Tailor and Trevally are active in the top lake and some Blue Swimmer crabs have started moving around.   There are reports that Mud Crabs are also coming out in the upper reaches like Muddy Creek.  At Pambula schools of Salmon are reported from the Broadwater.  With the Bega River closure we can expect great angling at Mogareeka and this is a great opportunity to practice catch and release.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for this coming Sunday 15 October.  You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register.  Google; “Gone Fishing Day”.   Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing.  It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

The Club’s annual trip for 2017 will feature the Wonboyn Lake Resort.  This trip and its main feature the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers.   All prizes will be based on photographed length on a brag mat so catch and release is the game.  Fishing will commence at 12 midday on Friday 20th October the weekend will end 6.0pm on Saturday.  Enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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!