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!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

Local Anglers Welcome Good Fishing Conditions During the School Holidays.

Photo Caption: School Holidays and 12 yr old Emily Armitage of Torquay Victoria with her rarely line caught red Morwong.

With the sand spit between Fishpen and Bar Beach breached by a second outlet channel the lower Merimbula Lake channel is rapidly shallowing. Extra care is needed for exit and entry across the bar. Don’t forget your life jackets and do not take the first channel to exit the lake.

Migrating whales are now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica. They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula and Eden’s popular whale charters. Look for the scads of birds diving in and feeding on the bait scraps surrounding the whales.

There are good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. Try 1`7 fathoms. Some very large snapper and gummy shark are also reported from the southern side of Haycock Reef. Unfortunately we keep getting reports of voracious chinamen leatherjackets particularly to the north off Bournda Island and White Rock. Flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Further north try off Kianinny and Cowdroys at 18 fathoms.

Traditionally the start of the summer estuary fishing season is October and dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula in the Broadwater. In the Bega River 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.

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

On Friday 4 October 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 23 SEPTEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 23 SEPTEMBER 2019

Snapper on the chew at our Local Reefs.

Photo Caption: Chris Young of Tura Beach shows a lovely local snapper taken off Horseshoe Reef out from Haycock Beach.

Dolphins and whales continue to be seen along the 20 fathom line, now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica. They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter. Look for the scads of birds diving in and feeding on the bait scraps surrounding the whales. Even though both humpback and minke have baleen for filtering their favourite dish krill they obviously enjoy our local baitfish.

Water temperatures are continuing to rise especially from the strong north to northeasterly winds we have been experiencing. When the winds are light and when you can get out there are good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. A good starting point is the 20 fathom line out to 25 fathoms. Flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Further north try Cowdroys at 18 fathoms.

With the lack of rain water in the Bega River is exceptionally clear and fish are frequenting the deeper waters. 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. Of course there are tailor mornings and evenings for those who can spin or troll.

Dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake as the water warms and we approach October, the given start of the estuary fishing season.

The Merimbula Fishing platform has 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.

We have been asked what is happening at North Tura Beach where there are at times really large patches of white coloured water. This is a natural phenomenon related to the local geology where the sea shore out from the beach is underlain by soft sediments, clays and siltstones with white kaolinite. These are part of the Tertiary age sedimentary Long Beach formation which locally lies between The Point and Bournda Island. When the tides are low and there is sufficient wave activity the underlying soft sediments are being worn away by the sea releasing lots of kaolinite and fine clay. The result is essentially white coloured muddy water which streams out around The Point in southerly currents.

The Club will be open on Friday 27 September, start of the school holidays! 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 16 SEPTEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 16 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Ocean off Merimbula Bay is Alive with Whales and Dolphins.

Photo Caption: Local Angler Paul Brenchley of Tura Beach shows an enormous early morning calamari squid taken from the Merimbula Wharf.

Off Merimbula Bay there are lots and lots of whales both humpback and minke feeding on baitfish. Easy to find by the scads of birds diving in and feeding on the bait scraps surrounding the whales. Even though both humpback and minke have baleen for filtering their favourite dish krill they obviously enjoy our local baitfish.

It’s a good time to fish for salmon off the beaches while our strong springtime westerly winds are blowing. Salmon and good tailor are best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening. Try North Tura, Haycock and Aslings.

Water temperatures are rising (15-16 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 19 fathoms. Locally there are a fair number of bait fish around as seen by the whale activity and beneath often good snapper. Good flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 18 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. Some dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake as the water warms and we approach October, the given start of the estuary fishing season.

The Merimbula Fishing platform has 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.

John Smythe’s scheduled presentation about the Sea Urchin Problem and his outline for a possible small scale program that the Angling Club may be interested in to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf has been postponed to Friday 4 October. Not John’s doing, most Club members want to watch the AFL finals!

The Club will be open on Friday 20 September, the TV will be on! 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 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!