FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 6 JANUARY 2020

Angling on Hold during Unprecedented Fire Emergency

With layers of heavy dark red to black smoke often limiting visibility to just metres, angling was the last thing in mind during the past week of horrendous bushfires along the Sapphire Coast and at Mallacoota.  The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club extends its sincere condolences to all those directly impacted by the fires.  Luckily the Clubhouse at Spencer Park was unaffected and a suitable site for those in need.  

As previously announced the annual Gala Fishing Competition and Monster Fresh Fish Auction scheduled for Sunday 5 January was postponed and thankfully so.  The Charity Monster Fish Auction, this year the 84th , is a once a year only opportunity for locals and visitors to bid for just caught fresh fish with all proceeds donated to charity.  It is only made possible because of the outstanding support of local business sponsors.  With local business now suffering from both the fire events and the departure of virtually all New Year holiday tourists, the Club will endeavour to honour its mandate to support its sponsors and its chosen charity Merimbula Marine Rescue. 

The annual Kayak raffle normally drawn together with the fish auction was undertaken on Monday morning and the Club congratulates David Oliver of Tura Beach, Suezanne Bourke of Tura Beach and Michael Grimwood of  Eden who all won wonderful Australis Kayaks sourced from Merimbula Mowers and Marine.

As conditions improve and some venture out to fish Mogareeka is a great starting point for dusky flathead, easily accessible by shore based anglers.  Lovely trevallyare on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Morwong remain plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. Snapper are patchy at our local reefs try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Sand flathead have become more common to the south past Turingal Point. You need a good drift to find the right spot then go back again and again.  Try 17 fathoms where, although patchy,there are some lovely fish.  Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid are available morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  

The Club will be open this Friday 10 January.  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 ENDING 30 DECEMBER 2019

 Estuary fishing more than spectacular while outside, flathead are hard to find.

Photo Caption:  Is this Godzilla?  13 yrs old junior angler Tyler Breust from Bega showing his magnificent catch and release Dusky Flathead at Mogareeka taken from the shore using a poddy mullet bait.

Inshore the waters are warming with the lakes now above 22 degrees and dusky flathead really on the chew.  Duskys react to most lures particularly red colouredsoft plastic as well as bait including nippers and poddy mullet.  Mogareeka is a great starting point.  Lovely trevally are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits.

Lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) are about which is a great inducement for the pelagics to feed in our waters.  The artificial reefs in Merimbula Bay a great place to start.   Morwong remain plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. Snapper are patchy at our local reefs try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.  The entrance to Merimbula has become very shallow and larger vessels cannot go out past the bar unless the tide is quite high.  Similarly they can’t pass under the bridge unless the tide is low!  Care is the order of the day.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid are available morning and evening.  Best results from prawnlike slow sinking jigs.  With the holiday season now in full swing it is timely to remind angers that a fishing licence is needed to fish from the wharf and in fact to fish anywhere in NSW.  

Sand flathead are going through a quiet patch and north of Kianinny are very difficult to entice onto the bite.  Cut offs due to shoals of cuta certainly do not help.  Flathead become more common further to the south past Turingal Point. You need a good drift to find the right spot then go back again and again.  Try 17 fathoms where, although patchy, there are some lovely fish.  Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

The Gala Day Monster Charity Fresh Fish Auction, truly a Heritage event for Merimbula is scheduled for this coming Sunday 5 January at Spencer Park.  The Charity Fish Auction is a once a year only opportunity for locals and visitors to bid for just caught fresh fish.  The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club donates all proceeds of the auction to Charity.  This year’s charity is Merimbula Marine Rescue; keeping us safe this summer.  To provide the fresh fish for the auction the Club runs a two day competition, open to all anglers; members and visitors, commencing daylight Saturday 4 January and finishing at 12.30pm on Sunday.  Fish are weighed in bag lots (according to DPI bag limits) with 28 prizes for heaviest bags of ocean flathead and heaviest bags of other (mixed) fish each day.  To entice everybody to join in the competition and provide fish for the charity auction there is no entry fee or registration required apart from attendance at the briefing at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park on Friday 3 January, open from 6.30pm.  All fish donated through the Clubs weigh room are eligible for one of the wonderful 28 prizes provided by sponsorship from local businesses and supporters.  Event details through www.mbglac.com.au  Assisted by Merimbula Marine Rescue who support the Rural Fire Brigade, there will be a great lunchtime BBQ, children face painting and refreshments so visitors can enjoy an in-park picnic.  Shortly after midday there will be light musical entertainment by local band Chill Set featuring blues, jazz, soft rock and funk influences.   Drawing of the annual Kayak raffle will follow the Monster Fresh Fish Auction which commencesapproximately 2.30pm.

An extra special message of good cheer and joy for all over the New Year.  TheClub will be open this Friday 3 January and this will include the Gala Day fishing competition briefing.  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 ENDING 23 DECEMBER 2019

Week of surprises; Whale off Tathra and Kingfish in Merimbula Lake.

Photo Caption: Member Ron Novotny with a lovely 72cm Kingfish taken with a soft plastic on 10lb line in Merimbula Lake.

The sight of a large and barnacle covered humpback whale off Tathra last week was more than a surprise as the whale came very close to our craft. Did he mistake our black coloured hull for a much needed partner?

Inshore the waters are warming with the lakes now up to 22 degrees and dusky flathead are really on the chew. Duskys react to most lures particularly red coloured soft plastic as well as bait including nippers and pilchards. Lovely trevally are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole. Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Congratulations to Ron Novotny of Tura Beach for his outstanding catch of a large Kingfish on 6kg line in the Merimbula Back lake taken on soft plastic while angling for duskys.

Lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) are about which is a great inducement for the pelagics to feed in our waters. The artificial reefs in Merimbula Bay a great place to start. Morwong remain plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. During the full moon gummy shark have been active and some good catches reported. Best to anchor beside the reefs with a deep burley pot. Try slimy mackerel heads that give the gummys time to get to the bait before it is taken by the smaller reef fish. Snapper are patchy at our local reefs try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.

At Merimbula calamari squid are available morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Bag out catches of good size luderick are possible from the early morning and late afternoon runs. Try artificial weed lures.

Good sand flathead are becoming more common. You need a good drift to find the right spot then go back again and again. Try north of Tathra near Bithry Inlet and Gillards. Try 17 fathoms south of Turingal headland where although patchy there are some lovely fish. Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

Dusky flathead remain active at Mogareeka with lovely bream at the Bridge and upstream beside the rock wall. Try soft plastics, metal vibes and of course live nippers. Practice catch and release with these fine fish.

The Club’s 84th historic Gala and Monster Charity Fresh Fish auction at Spencer Park on 5 January is drawing closer. Assisted by Merimbula Marine Rescue who support the Rural Fire Brigade there will be a great lunchtime BBQ and refreshments so visitors can enjoy an in-park picnic. Shortly after midday there will be light musical entertainment by local band Chill Set featuring blues, jazz, soft rock and funk influences. Drawing of the annual Kayak raffle will follow the Monster Fresh Fish Auction which commences approximately 2.30pm.

An extra special message of good cheer and joy for all over Christmas and New Year. The Club will be open this Friday 27 December after Boxing Day. 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 ENDING 9 DECEMBER 2019

Albacore and small Bluefin Tuna reported from the Continental Shelf off Merimbula

Photo Caption: Helen Pearsall of Tura Beach shows a lovely catch and release Bream at Mogareeka.

Local boats found good albacore and some “rat” bluefin on the shelf last Sunday. Marlin are now anticipated as the waters warm. Swarms of bait fish (slimy mackerel) remain draped along our shores. Anglers report plentiful squid of Tura Headland as well as kingfish, no doubt attracted to the squid and bait fish. Morwong are plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. Snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs and when weather permits good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.

Kingfish are reported at Mowarry and continue to prowl the Tathra wharf. At Merimbula calamari squid are available morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Luderick are running early morning and late afternoon. Double hook-ups are possible on artificial weed lures.

Good sand flathead are reported from north of Tathra near Gillards. Off Tathra itself chinamen leatherjackets are prolific especially in the deeper waters. Try 17 fathoms south of Turingal headland where although patchy there are some lovely fish. Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

Get prepared for the next prawn run close to Christmas. Best in the Merimbula channel down to Fishpen. Look for the run out tide and when there is no moon. School kingfish remain in the Merimbula Lake chasing good size garfish, lots of fun to catch but must be released when under size (65cm). Dusky flathead remain active at Mogareeka with lovely bream at the Bridge and upstream beside the rock wall. Try soft plastics, metal vibes and of course live nippers. Practice catch and release with these fine fish. Good dusky flathead and trevally are about in the Pambula channel, look for the deeper holes. When using bait, anchor and burley for best results.

The Club will be holding its Kris Kringle Christmas Party this Friday 13 December, Members and their Guests all welcome. In the lead up to its Gala Monster Fresh Fish Auction on 5 January the Club is now offering tickets in its annual Kayak raffle, drawn the same day. Look for the display at Woolworths Tura Beach. This year’s entertainment before the auction will include a local Jazz Trio Chill Set featuring blues, jazz, soft rock and funk influences. 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 DECEMBER 2019

Bait Fish Galore along the Coast Portends a Great Fishing Season.

Photo Caption: Steve Weave, just returned from his summer in Britain, holding a lovely catch and release Snapper off Gillards.

Keep watch for bird activity to identify swarms of bait fish (slimy mackerel) draped along our shores. With the possibility of Australian salmon and kingfish near surface and flathead, morwong and snapper down below, these bait swarms can provide exciting pelagic and bottom bouncer angling. Snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs and when weather permits good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed off Kianinny. Morwong have remained on the bite and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics.

Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock. The two stocks meet and mix around Eden in southern NSW. Local snapper are reasonably plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north that are of similar age. This means that our local snapper are older weight-for-age and just like long lived orange ruffy, likely to be the best table fish. Kingfish are reported at Mowarry and continue to prowl the Tathra and Merimbula wharf. At Merimbula calamari squid are available just after dark. With prawns running last week, try a look-alike jig. Luderick are back on the bite and double hook-ups possible on artificial weed lures, best time dawn and just on dark.

Sand flathead are back on the chew, remarkably so, as they are stuffed with small bait fish. All portends well for a great summer season. Some good size sand flathead are reported from north of Tathra near Cowdroys. Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

With the next prawn run close to Christmas we are encouraged by reports of good size prawns from early catches in the Merimbula Lake between the Bridge and Fishpen. In the estuaries tailor remain active early morning and evening. School kingfish have been noted in the Merimbula Lake chasing good size garfish. Dusky flathead remain active at Mogareeka. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, anchor and burley for best results. Bream are a little shy, try further up the Bega River and the Merimbula back lake where nippers are the preferred bait. Trevally abound in the Pambula Channel though mostly just legal size.

The Club will be open this Friday 6 December when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 ENDING 25 NOVEMBER 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 25 NOVEMBER 2019

Best Returns are coming from the Estuaries and Wharfs during these periods of Strong Winds.

Photo Caption: Juniors Sinead McKay and Eli-Sky Vitouchova exhibit popular goodies in preparation for the Club’s Christmas party on 13 December.

With a lucky break in the weather last weekend we have Heather Sutterby reporting fine albacore tuna fishing from Seamode at the continental shelf off Merimbula.

There are lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) but also local swarms of chinamen leatherjackets so unfortunately it is not all plain sailing. Snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, the Pinnacle, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Try micro jigs. Morwong have remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics.

Kingfish are reported at Mowarry and continue to prowl the Tathra wharf. At Merimbula calamari squid are available just after dark but it takes patience and effort to achieve good results. With prawns running try a look-alike jig. Luderick are back on the bite and double hook-ups possible on artificial weed lures, best time dawn and just on dark.

A cool current from the south has washed over most of the flathead grounds and with water temperatures about 16 degrees activity has certainly slowed down. Luckily flathead have continued to bite well beside the Boyds Tower Reef and also north of Tathra near Cowdroys. Some good size sand flathead are reported. Near the Kiah River entrance deeper holes in Quarantine Bay are producing Jewfish.

The annual prawning season is underway, try the Fishpen area at Merimbula during the dark with the run out tide. In the estuaries tailor remain active early morning and evening. Dusky flathead remain active at Mogereeka. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, anchor and burley for best results. Bream are a little shy, try further up the Bega River and the Merimbula back lake where nippers are the preferred bait. Trevally abound in the Pambula Channel though mostly just legal size.

The Club will be open this Friday 29 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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!