FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 APRIL 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 APRIL 2020

ANGLING STILL OK IF YOU STICK TO THE RULES

Photo Caption: Paul Burns of Belmont NSW show his magnificent 87cm Dusky Flathead caught in the Merimbula Top Lake using pilchard bait.

As of March 31 NSW Government public health directions require people to stay at home unless they have a “reasonable excuse”. A reasonable excuse can be “exercise” or “fishing for food”.

In an advisory dated 2 April Marine Rescue NSW passed on its advice from NSW Maritime:

You may fish alone off the shore, with immediate family or one other person. If you do decide to go boating the same self isolation rules apply at all times including at the boat ramp and on the boat. Please note that there are those who have the coronavirus but don’t know it, some people do not show symptoms (Dean of Medicine Melbourne University) this is why we must practice strict social distancing.

If you do decide you need to go boating, stick to your local waters. Heading off on a road trip & extended voyage Is not considered to be within the spirit of the restrictions. Visit the NSW Government website (nsw.gov.au) for regular updates.

All BVSC fish cleaning facilities such as at Coronation Bay, Kianinny, the Merimbula Wharf, The Marina and The Club’s Pontoon are closed until further notice as it is not possible to properly clean and sterilise surfaces that may come into contact with the virus.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos has appealed to recreational boaters to stay on shore during the crisis, but assures the boating community that it remains ready to respond to emergencies. If you do head out, remember to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW on your marine radio or the MarineRescue App.

The bar at Merimbula remains shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft during low tide. This has arisen due to a false channel developed past Mitchies Jetty spreading the current flow over a wide area and limiting the normal channel scouring near the navigation buoy. Incidents continue to be reported.

Few reports are to hand but ocean flathead, our staple food fish, are certainly on the chew off Tura Headland. Try 15-17 fathoms. Flathead are also available in Merimbula Bay near the artificial reefs and off Haycock Beach at Quondolo at 13 fathoms.

For land based anglers good size Australian salmon are very active at Long Point, the reef off the Wharf Restaurant and Tura Headland. Try silver spinners, rapala bibbed lures and ganged hooks and pilchards. Good salmon reported also at Tura, Merimbula, Haycock, and Aslings beaches.

Good land based fishing continues at Mogareeka where one can move around to get the best shelter from prevailing winds. On offer are mullet, bream, trevally and dusky flathead, try pilchards or soft plastics.

All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge tailor, trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew. Fish from around the bridge, the Marina, the MBGLAC jetty and the Merimbula Wharf – abide by distance rules. Best time is low tide with soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead trevally and bream plus the occasional snapper. Try off the boadwalk in the top lake area.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick have gone quiet but some small kingfish are circling and may herald larger fish to come. Calamari squid are best taken before dawn and after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig.

Unable to ensure “social distancing” the MBGLAC has closed its traditional Friday evenings members and visitors get-together at the Clubhouse. The situation will be monitored. 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 30 MARCH 2020

NSW GFA and Member Clubs suspend all sport fishing

Photo Caption: 5 yr old Lachlan Wilkins with his first ever bream, taken from the shore near the bridge at Mogareeka.

We cannot condone breaking of any of the restrictions and social distancing rules handed down by the Federal & State governments and so our fishing report is for those who fish alone abiding by the exercise and distancing rules or with companions and children from the one household. In hindsight it may well be found that time spent quietly angling might have kept more than one household at peace through these trying times.
As of midnight the 26th of March 2020 The NSW Game Fishing Association has suspended all sport fishing including for records or trophies until further notice.
The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club has already ceased all meetings & club activities as well as postponing its tournaments.
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos is appealing to recreational boaters to stay on shore during the crisis, but assures the boating community that it remains ready to respond to emergencies. Please note that the bar at Merimbula remains shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft. This has arisen due to a false channel developed past Mitchies Jetty spreading the current flow over a wide area and limiting the normal channel scouring near the navigation buoy. Incidents continue to be reported.

MBGLAC citizen science monitoring of the Merimbula Artificial Reefs shows sea temps of 20 degrees at surface and 18 degrees at 30m depth. Species noted recently include small bearded cod, mado, lots of eastern blue spotted flathead, yellowtail, sweep, some juvenile snapper, banjo rays, tailor and a boar fish all showing that the reefs are supporting a growing population of local fish.

Flathead remain on the chew in Merimbula Bay, at Tura Head at 16 fathoms and at 25 fathoms off Haycock Beach.

For land based anglers good size Australian salmon are very active at Long Point and Tura Headland. Try ganged hooks and pilchards. Try Tura, Merimbula, Haycock, and Aslings beaches.

There is good land based fishing at Mogareeka where one can move around to get the best shelter from prevailing winds. On offer are mullet, bream, trevally and doubtless the one metre dusky flathead are still about, try pilchards or soft plastics.

All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew. Fish from around the bridge, the Marina, the MBGLAC jetty and the Merimbula Wharf – abide by distance rules. Best time is low tide with soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream. Try off the boadwalk in the top lake area.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick remain patchy but some good catches are reported using artificial weed flies. Some lovely Australian salmon have been taken using bibbed Rapala lures. Calamari squid are best taken before dawn and after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig.

Unable to ensure “social distancing” the MBGLAC has closed its traditional Friday evenings members and visitors get-together at the Clubhouse. The situation will be monitored. 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 23 MARCH 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 MARCH 2020

MBGLAC Member Merrily Bell takes out a major $4,000 prize in the National Pirtek Fishing Challenge.

Photo Caption: Merrily Bell of Tura Beach shows her lovely King George whiting caught and released in Merimbula Lake during the Pirtek Fishing Challenge on 15 March.

Congratulations to Merrily Bell member for taking out a major $4,000 cash prize for her mystery length King George whiting in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge. The Pirtek Challenge is an annual Australia wide event open to all and where individual anglers compete by posting onto the Pirtek website a photograph of their fish measured on a brag mat. This is a non contact sporting event where “social distancing” is ensured. In the spirit of “keep Australia running” MBGLAC are looking at this model, using its own Website, to continue its sporting events through the year, especially its Snapper Classic of 23-24 May and its Merimbula Open game fishing Tournament of 6-8 June. This is of course subject to any further isolation requirements imposed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Congratulations to 14 year old Blake Woolley catching his first dolphin fish at the FAD. Blake was on his first game fishing trip out of Eden with his father Craig.

The bar at Merimbula remains shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft. This has arisen due to a false channel developed past Mitchies Jetty spreading the current flow over a wide area and limiting the normal channel scouring near the navigation buoy. Incidents are being reported. Make sure you are wearing your life jacket.

Ocean flathead are on the chew right in front of Kianinny also further south off Turingal Head, Tura Headland, Tura Beach and Quondolo, try drifting at 15-20 fathoms. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem. Some good snapper and a few gummy shark are about south off Haycock Point. Further south a cold current at 17.6 degrees has slowed activity. Good size Australian salmon are very active at Long Point and Tura headland. Try silver spinners when trolling. Off the beaches use ganged hooks and pilchards. Try Tura, Merimbula, Haycock, and Aslings beaches.

At Fishpen good whiting are about and respond to worm baits and local prawns on a falling tide. Try after dark. All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew. Best time is low tide with soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally. Large tailor are rampant at Wallagoot Lake, trolling with silver lures can bring great results.

Large dusky flathead are available at Mogareeka try pilchard as well as soft plastics. Bream, tailor, mullet, Australian salmon and trevally are also available and react to soft plastics and pilchards.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid are best taken before dawn and after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig. Luderick remain patchy but some good catches are reported using artificial weed flies. Some lovely Australian salmon have been taken using bibbed Rapala lures.

Unable to ensure “social distancing” the MBGLAC has closed its traditional Friday evenings members and visitors get-together at the Clubhouse. The situation will be monitored. In lieu of our regular Friday night fishing report congratulations to Jim Clarke for his catch and release of a magnificent 465mm bass from Brogo Dam.

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 16 MARCH 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 MARCH 2020

Club’s Billfish Anglers Enjoy Recent Success

Photo Caption: Maggie van der Toorren of Tura Beach shows a lovely Australian Salmon taken off Haycock Beach during last week’s Eden Amateur Fishing Competition.

There are now good marlin off Eden but tantalizingly difficult to locate due to strong currents associated with the EAC.  The currents and lack of consistency also applies to deep dropping at the shelf where blue eye and ling gather.   Questions asked about the apparent lack of dolphin fish at the FAD may relate to the unusual number of natural FADs; trees and logs washed out to sea from recent east coast floods, so that dolphin fish have become very widespread.

Congratulations to Club Members; Heather Sutterby for her 2.63kg snapper and  2.00kg morwong, Chris Young’s  1.17kg luderick and Lachlan Wilkins, representing the under 6’s with his 1.88kg Australian salmon,  all prize winners in the Eden Competition.

Possibly due to the full moon or the north trending current inshore, fishing out of Kianinny last week saw some anglers reduced to fishing for red rock cod (poor man’s lobster) as nothing else appeared to be on the chew apart from some ocean flathead right in front of Kianinny.  Good morwong and snapper are expected to be back on the chew by now, try micro jigs.  Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 12-15 fathoms.  Best results at dawn and dusk, from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  Best snapper appear to be further south past Lennards Island and at North Head.

Australian salmon remain active at Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock and Aslings beaches as well as the headlands and Merimbula Wharf.  Ocean flathead are also available off Tura Headland and Quondolo, try drifting at 12-15 fathoms.

Trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder, whiting and bream remain on the chew along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge tailor.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally.  Large dusky flathead are available at Mogareeka try pilchard or slimy mackerel as well as soft plastics.

At the Merimbula Wharf there are lots of calamari squid before dawn and just after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig.  Luderick can be patchy but some good catches together with drummer are reported in the mornings and evenings using cabbage weed and artificial lures.  Lots of activity from spinning silver lures for Australian salmon and a few tailor.  Salmon remain on the chew around our local headlands.

On Friday 20 March the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 9 MARCH 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 MARCH 2020

Eden Amateur Fishing Competition in Progress

Photo Caption: Joe Battaglia of Melbourne shows a magnificent drummer taken last Sunday morning from the Merimbula Wharf.

Recent game fishing activity out from Bermagui includes tag and release of both striped and blue marlin from a single boat, congratulations to captain Peter Haar.  

Marlin are moving ever further south together with the warmer currents associated with the EAC and Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club has commenced its March Marlin Challenge.

With the Eden Amateur Fishing Club’s annual competition now well underway good catches of local fish abound testifying to the excellent fishing grounds about our coast.  Of note from the first weekend is a huge 29.9kg gummy shark, a 2.5kg drummer and a 3.92kg snapper, all great catches.

Good snapper and morwong remain on the chew.  Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 17 fathoms.  Best results at dawn and dusk, from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  There is no shortage of slimy mackerel so bait is not an issue.  Trevally and gummy shark are also likely targets.  Australian salmon remain active at Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock and Aslings beaches as well as the headlands and Merimbula Wharf.  Ocean flathead are also on the chew generally best off Tura Headland and Quondolo, try drifting at 12-15 fathoms.

All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge tailor, trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder, whiting and bream remain on the chew.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick can be patchy but some good catches together with drummer are reported in the mornings and evenings using cabbage weed and artificial lures.  Lots of activity from spinning silver lures for Australian salmon and a few tailor.  Anybody wanting lots of tailor activity try a silver spinner above the Merimbula bridge.

On Friday 13 March the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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 2 MARCH 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 2 MARCH 2020

Flathead have returned and anglers bagging out at local grounds

Photo Caption: Matt Proctor DPI Eden assists 6yr old Rachel Croxford of Candelowith her first ever snapper at the DPI’s family fishing day last Saturday at Spencer Park.

In support of those youngsters from fire devastated areas about Merimbula in particular, the NSW DPI organized family fishing day at Spencer Park last Saturday was a great success with some 50 youngsters plus parents enjoying fun activities and learning the basics of fishing.  All organized by the DPI’s Education Officer, Southern Recreational and Aboriginal Fisheries Unit; Stephen Thurstanwho was assisted by fishcare volunteers for as far afield as Port Kembla as well as Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club members.   All fish caught were returned alive to the lake and what a great day was had by all.  Fish caught from the Club’s jetty included a 48cm Dusky Flathead, a beautiful blue lip bream, largeand small mullet, trevally, leatherjackets, lots of baby snapper, tailor and some yet to be named!

Marlin are on the bite off Bermagui as warmer currents associated with the EAC push southwards.  Local gamefishers await their arrival off Merimbula and Eden.  Deep dropping off the edge of the shelf has brought good returns of ling and blue eye.

Flathead are back on the menu with anglers bagging out at our local grounds off Tura Headland and Middle Beach as well as off Quondolo.  Try 15 to 17 fathoms for your drift.  Good snapper and morwong are also on the chew, especially closer to the headlands. Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 17 fathoms.  Best results from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  Trevally and gummy shark are also likely targets.  Australian salmon are active at Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock Beach as well as the headlands and Merimbula Wharf.  

At Fishpen good whiting are about and respond to worm baits and local prawns on a falling tide.  All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid remain active with anglers bagging out in the mornings and evenings. Best results from dark coloured, prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Good squid also from Tura Headland. Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures.

On Friday 6 March the Club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 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!