FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 OCTOBER 2018

October Heralds Commencement of the Far South Estuary Fishing Season.

Photo Caption: Adam Pieper from Wagga Wagga shows a lovely Nannygai caught off Lennards Island from local charter vessel Rathlin 11, captained by Craig Chambers.

With the tides favourable good snapper and morwong are again on the bite. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Out of the ordinary; Ron Achison reports hooking up and releasing a plus 200kg sunfish at 40 fathoms off Twofold Bay To the north past Haycock and Long Point flathead are on the chew, try SE of Turingal Headland, off White Rock, The Tathra Hotel, and Bithrys further north. A good starting point is the 15 fathom line out to 20 fathoms. With the full moon Gummys have been active. Best areas are on the inshore side of the Horseshoe Reef south of Haycock and beside the Pinnacles reef near Bithrys. Good salmon are sporadic but have been reported off local beaches.

October is the month when we anticipate estuary fish will become active with rising water temperatures. Relatively large tailor are abundant in Merimbula Lake – try metal spinners – there are trevally and some dusky flathead activity. At the Bega River good bream and estuary perch remain active try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

The Club’s annual trip for 2018 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 DPI brag mat so catch and release is the game. Fishing will commence at 12 midday on Friday 12th October, the competition will end 6.0pm on Saturday. Accommodation bookings; Andrew on 0411 341 406

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 14 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 will be open on Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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 COMMENCING 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Large Pink Algal Bloom off Tura Headland

Photo Caption: Ron Achison of Tura Beach shows a magnificent Sand Flathead taken SE of Turingal Headland.

Philip Jacobs has sent us photographs of a widespread pink bloom in the waters around the northern side of Tura Headland. “Noctilluca scintillans”, or “sea sparkle” as it is commonly known, is responsible for the pinkish coloured slick which seems to reappear year on year along parts of the Sapphire Coast. It’s presence is a sign of warming conditions during spring as it requires a mix of light, high nutrients and warm water in order to bloom. This algae is not considered harmful although it can cause a skin itch, so it’s probably best not to swim where it is concentrated. Noctilluca is bio luminescent and at night lights up in breaking waves with a beautiful blue flash just like an aurora.
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.
There was not a lot of tidal movement last week and it was difficult to get good reef fish onto the bite. Best areas for snapper, morwong and nannygai were to the south off Lennards Island, North Head and Boyds Tower. To the north past Haycock and Long Point only flathead were on the chew, like the one taken by Ron Achison off Turingal Headland. A good starting point is the 20 fathom line out to 25 fathoms. Good salmon are sporadic but have been reported off local beaches; North Tura, Middle Beach and Haycock in particular.

Reports from the artificial reefs suggest there are already clusters of bait fish. Although it may take as long as 5 years for weed and sponge growth to fully stabilise on the reefs there is every expectation that by summer we should be seeing some pelagics like bonito and kingfish attracted to the towers.

Water temperatures continue to rising in the estuaries. Relatively large tailor are abundant in Merimbula Lake – try metal spinners – and already there is some dusky flathead activity. At the Bega River good bream and estuary perch remain active try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

Commencing the footy finals weekend the Club will be open on Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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 COMMENCING 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cool Currents Not Stopping Reef Action.

Photo Caption: Ashley Dehnert from Tumut shows a lovely pair of pan sized snapper caught off Haycock Reef from local charter vessel Rathlin 11, captained by Craig Chambers.

Recreational anglers are overjoyed that the placement of Merimbula’s two tower artificial reefs at the head of Merimbula Bay is underway. These structures are paid for out of recreational fishing licence fees through the Department of Industries Recreational Fishing Trust. Constructed by WA firm Subcon to the latest design, the two 96 tonne steel towers can only be described as complex so as to provide a wonderful habitat for pelagic and reef fish. They comprise four cylindrical steel tanks at each corner, steel vanes to induce current upwelling and pyramid shaped steel towers. The modules are designed to resist a 100 year storm and were assembled on the Naval Jetty at Eden, lifted into the water and towed into position. They are sunk into place in water of some 30-32m depth and approximately 100metres apart by allowing the corner tanks to flood in a similar way as positioning offshore oil platforms. As these reefs develop weed and sponge growth more and more fish will be attracted to the habitat and without doubt become a great angling and diving tourist attraction for Merimbula.
Whales are becoming more and more abundant and coming in a lot closer to shore, quite a few last week were seen along the 20 fathom line. So they are now easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter.
With improving conditions we are pleased to report good catches of snapper and morwong off our local reefs. There remain a surprising number of bait fish around mostly cowan young (like yellowtail) and often good snapper lurk beneath the bait balls. Flathead however have become quiet and we wait for the next tranche of warmer current to bring them back onto the chew.

Water temperatures are slowly rising in the estuaries and there is already some dusky flathead activity at Mogareeka. Good bream and estuary perch remain active further up the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is hosting its annual Seafood Dinner this Saturday 22 September, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The Club invites Members and Guests for a great night of fine seafood and drinks. This year we are taking the pressure off Club Members and getting in a Caterer “A Pinch of Yum” to assist in preparation and presentation. Along with the traditional platter of prawns and oysters, your taste buds will be tempted by a starter of hors d’oeuvres followed by a rich seafood chowder, then 3 other seafood courses closing with a cleansing (non seafood!) desert. Bar and raffles will help keep us entertained whilst we enjoy one another’s company at this very popular annual event. Space and catering constraints force us to limit to 70 max.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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 COMMENCING 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Spring Time conditions bringing a renewed interest in Estuary Angling.

Photo Caption: Glen Rollason shows a lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead at Mogareeka.

The whale season is progressing well and most days see pods of whales frolicking their way southwards for their summer in Antarctica. Large schools of Dolphins are often seen accompanying the whales.

With improving conditions we are pleased to report good catches of snapper and morwong off our local reefs. Try Horseshoe reef at 25 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are also on the chew at Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, and Haycock reefs. Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches from off Long Point to north of Tathra. Try off Tura Headland at 20-25 fathoms. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas for salmon are Aslings Beach near Eden, Main Beach at Merimbula and for some very large fish; North Tura near Bournda Island.

Water temperatures are slowly rising and we have seen mullet moving into Merimbula Lake. There is already some dusky flathead activity at Mogareeka. Good bream and estuary perch remain active further up the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Fishing platform is alive with yellowtail, jack mackerel (cowan young) 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 prawn colored jigs.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Seafood Dinner in less than two weeks time on Saturday 22 September. The Club invites Members and Guests for a great night of fine seafood and drinks. This year we are taking the pressure off Club Members and getting a Caterer in to assist in preparation and presentation. Along with the traditional platter of prawns and oysters, your taste buds will be tempted by a starter of hors d’oeuvres followed by a rich seafood chowder, then 3 other seafood courses closing with a cleansing (non seafood!) desert. Bar and raffles will help keep us entertained whilst we enjoy one another’s company at this very popular annual event. Space and catering constraints force us to limit to 70 max so get in early with you booking.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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 COMMENCING 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Winter is the time for Black Drummer off the Headlands.

Photo Caption: Local angler Shane Thornbury shows a lovely Black Drummer taken off the rocks near Merimbula.

Strong winds have restricted offshore game fishing so the place to be is Pambula Lake where a large striped marlin was photographed during the week. Perhaps it too was sick of the strong offshore winds! At the same time Locals and Tourists were thrilled with the sighting of a whale calf and mother in Dolphin Cove together with frolicking dolphins.

Merimbula to lose 6-8 scarce parking spots. At its last meeting on 29 August Council’s Bega Valley Local Traffic Committee had its recommendations for parking restrictions at the lower level Merimbula Wharf car park unanimously approved by Councillors. These restrictions will see the loss of parking in an area that is crowded during the tourist season to say the least. Opened in 1983 this wharf, designated a fishing platform, may well be the first of NSW’s now common wheelchair accessible fishing platforms. The Fisheries Management Act 1994 aims ‘to promote quality recreational fishing opportunities’ and the state is committed to ensure that the rights and needs of people with a disability are met in the design or retrofitting of fishing platforms. At Merimbula one of the areas approved for no-parking is the 9m concrete apron to the wharf. Given that this is the only access to the fishing platform it is inexplicable that none at council had the wit to designate the area for disabled parking.

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and there are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs. Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra. Try SE of Turingal Point at 20-25 fathoms. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach.

Now is the time to fish the headlands and estuaries where 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 bream and estuary perch remain active in the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Sponsors Evening this Saturday 8 September 6.30pm for 7.00. All of MBGLAC’s Sponsors have been invited to the Club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roast chicken.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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 COMMENCING 27 AUGUST 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 AUGUST 2018

Fishing up North brings Great Results During Winter!

Photo Caption: Well known local lad Bill Bell formerly of Tura Beach prepares a magnificent metre plus Murray Cod for release at Copeton Dam impoundment in northern NSW.

Winter is the time to go north and this is the time Murray Cod are well and truly on the chew at Copeton Dam near Inverell. If you can’t go north then there is no shortage of schools of dolphins and frolicking whales passing by. About the only benefit from our strong springtime winds is the spectacular display from the southerly whale migration. When the sea is choppy the whales really arc-up and put on a great display. Numerous pods can be easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points and our whale watching charters.

Cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) continue to limit game fishing activity. There are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs. South currents are carrying a lot of green-brown slime – filamentous brown alga Hincksia sordid which is a nuisance sticking to fishing lines and generally unpleasant. It is possible a cool current nutrient laden upwelling is contributing to the growth of the slime. Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and may herald better fishing to come? Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra. Try 20-25 fathoms. Good Tailor are reported off the beach near Bournda Island, evening on the rising tide is best. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach.

Now is the time to fish the estuaries where some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds. We anticipate the lake waters will gradually warm from now on through Spring, bringing estuary fish back onto the bite. A great run of garfish is reported from Pambula River near the Sharkhole. Bread crumb burley is needed and using a shallow float line with a small piece of prawn or whitebait brings good results. Mullet can be sourced in the same way. Good Tailor are already about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go. Dusky Flathead have been quiet apart from the Mogareeka area. Bream and Estuary Perch remain active in the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Sponsors Evening on Saturday 8 September 6.30pm for 7.00. All of MBGLAC’s Sponsors have been invited to the Club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roast chicken.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. 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 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!