FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 DECEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 10 DECEMBER 2018

Strong winds off shore have brought anglers into the Estuaries which are fishing well

Photo Caption: Member Peter Lawler of Mirador with a lovely Australian Salmon taken on a silver spinner down the Pambula River.

Sunday’s assault on the Don O’Connell Trophy saw a small local contingent tackling a lumpy ocean. Good conditions with the current at about 20 degrees plus bait and bird activity but no reels turned by Merimbula members. However a very respectable 70kg yellowfin tuna was boated nearby by an Eden angler proving the quality of local fish.

With the return of the warmer currents ocean flathead have sparked up with bag limit catches (10 per person) reported from off Kianinny and Tura Beach. 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 also back on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from the Haycock area and south to Lennards. Try micro jigs. Morwong have remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics. As the moon fills gummy sharks are expected to be back on the bite, they need patience and a well placed burley bomb.

Kingfish have been prowling both our local wharfs; Tathra and Merimbula. Most hook-ups have been at Tathra with some magnificent fish landed. At Merimbula some enormous calamari squid have been landed 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. Of interest was the presence of a numbfish at the wharf. Although widespread electric rays of this sort are fairly uncommon. Australian Salmon remain patchy on both the headlands and beaches.

Not a lot of prawns have been reported so let’s see what the next new moon brings. Fish in the Merimbula Lake are on the chew! Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are all available, try Strike Pro Cyber Vibes 6.6gm. Some very large jewfish have been sighted near the channel in the Merimbula Top Lake. At the Marina there are trevally, bream and whiting. Although closed the Bega River continues to provide plentiful dusky flathead and bream and continues to fish well for whiting over the flats at Mogareeka.

With Christmas approaching the Club is running spectacular Friday evening raffles featuring a Christmas turkey and hams plus lots of other prizes. Come along 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 DECEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 3 DECEMBER 2018

Game Fish in sight as Warmer Currents bless the New Season

Photo Caption: Member Merrily Bell of Tura Beach shows her lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

Game fishers are venturing out again following the past weeks of inclement weather and have been rewarded with a run of yellowfin tuna and fish of 60 plus Kg. Over this coming weekend 8-9 December, to coincide with the first summer Southern Zone NSWGFA Weekend, the Club is running its inaugural Don O’Connell Trophy game fishing competition. It looks like being a great start to the season and all are game anglers are welcome.

Warmer currents have arrived inshore reaching 18 degrees with an increase in sand and reef activity. However anglers off Merimbula have worked hard to land sizeable flathead. The better fish seem to be further north from Bournda Island where there are also lots of bait fish. Snapper and Morwong can be targeted along our local reefs and respond to bait and soft plastics. Best results from anchoring and presenting a burley trail.

At the Merimbula Wharf large squid remain order of the day – especially just after dark. Australian salmon are also active, mornings and evenings are the best time to hook up, metal spinners and hard body plastics both work well. The first real run of luderick for the season took place on 1 December. Perhaps these fish are using our calendar to know the start of summer? At the Tathra wharf kingfish remain and some large fish have been landed.

Check the run out tides as the moon wanes for the best time to prawn after dark. Some have run already and this means that prawn-like squid jigs are the go. Tailor are active in the estuaries early morning and evening. Notwithstanding recent rains the Bega River has closed again. This means fish will come downstream to be closer to the sea and so Mogareeka is the go. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. Bream should frequent the rock wall area just up from the launching ramp. Dusky flathead and whiting are plentiful over the flats.

The Club’s XMAS party will be held this on Friday 7 December at the clubrooms in Spencer Park at 6:30pm. This party is for all members, family and friends. It is a Kris Kringle format. Contact Merrily Bell 0427 011 074.

With the Club’s Happy Hour closed this Friday, 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 26 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 26 NOVEMBER 2018

Fishing the Estuaries and the local Wharfs recommended during periods of strong winds.

Photo Caption: Luke Wuiske of Pambula Beach shows a beautiful Butterfly Gurnard off Merimbula.

At the Merimbula Wharf large squid remain order of the day and 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. A cool current from the south has washed over most of the flathead grounds and with water temperatures less than 16 degrees activity has certainly slowed down. Luckily Flathead have continued to bite well about the Boyds Tower Reef and also off the Tathra Hotel. Some good size tiger and sand flathead are reported. Near the Kiah River entrance deeper holes in Quarantine Bay are producing Jewfish.
During the full moon good gummy shark are on the chew, try the inshore edge of Horseshoe reef.

At the Tathra wharf kingfish remain and some large fish have been landed. At the Merimbula wharf calamari squid remain patchy together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk.

The annual prawning season is due to commence with the next new moon. Some have run already and this means that prawn-like squid jigs are the go. In the estuaries Tailor remain active early morning and evening. Fish recently taken are full of prawns. Dusky flathead remain active at Mogereeka. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps. Bream are a little shy, try further up the Bega River, the Merimbula back lake and Pambula. Trevally abound in the Pambula Channel though mostly just legal size.

What motivates gamefish anglers to spend endless hours at sea, on or over the continental shelf, hunting for an elusive game fish, day after day? The Club is running an “Introduction to Game Fishing” next Wednesday evening 5 December. The evening will be pitched for new comers, an introduction that the whole family can benefit from. Come along to the clubrooms in Spencer Park at 6:30pm for a free sausage, all under 16 year olds will receive a raffle ticket and go into a draw for fishing tackle, with compliments from Tackle World Merimbula. RSVP to Peter Haar on 0417 021 066 SMS. The Club’s XMAS party will be held on Friday 7 December at the same location.

This Friday come along 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 19 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 19 NOVEMBER 2018

Strong winds keeps Anglers Inshore

Photo Caption: Club Member Les Dirou shows a large Port Jackson Shark taken off the Horseshoe reef as by product to his Gummy Shark fishing.

Just before the strong NE winds interrupted offshore angling we had reports of good yellowfin tuna out from Kianinny. These were seen off Bermagui last week. Without doubt 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.

With slimy mackerel bait some excellent flathead have been taken at Nullica off Boydtown and trevally near the headland at Aslings beach. Good flathead remain available at Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are available off Long Point and Haycock out of Merimbula and White Rock from Kianinny. From Eden try at about 20 fathoms at Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs.

At the Tathra wharf “Rat” kingfish are providing lots of excitement for anglers, be careful as the legal size for Kingfish is 65cm. At the Merimbula wharf calamari squid remain patchy together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk.

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.The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, try slow trolling in the channel at Merimbula. There are plentiful trevally and dusky flathead. A good starting point for dusky flathead is at Mogereeka. Some fine whiting have also been recorded from the sand flats nearby. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps. Bream are a little shy, try further up the Bega River and the channel at Blackmans. Pambula also sports lots of mullet which are best attached with bread burley and will take prawn bait.

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 12 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 12 NOVEMBER 2018

Tackle World Tri Estuary Challenge Outstanding Success

Photo Caption: Matt Collins and his son Harry receive the Major prize for the longest catch and release Bream from Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World and Club President Lindon Thompson.

Exciting times for our game fishing fraternity with the arrival of beautiful yellowfin tuna off Bermagui. The fish are in excellent condition with the largest taken last weekend a great 76Kg. Together with the seasons whale migration down to Antarctica for the summer season, now is a great time for offshore anglers.

Good flathead remain available at Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are available off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs.

At the Merimbula wharf the annual luderick run has started and good fish have already been landed using artificial weed flies. Calamari squid remain patchy at the wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, try slow trolling in the channels. There are plentiful trevally and dusky flathead. Bream are a little shy and some fine whiting have also been recorded from the sand flats. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps. For the observant a pair of dolphins are patrolling the Merimbula back lake. Good salmon are reported at Pambula in the channel between the “Shark Hole” and Broadwater. Pambula also sports lots of mullet which are best attached with bread burley and will take prawn bait.

The Clubs annual Tackle World Tri Estuary Challenge last weekend was a great success with abundant estuary fish “caught and released“ from all three major local estuaries; the Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake. Seniors recorded all species: bream, dusky flathead, whiting, trevally, tailor, luderick and salmon but no jewfish. A standout dusky flathead of 84.6cm was taken by David Hay, a 43.9cm whiting by Ian Neilson and a 49.5cm tailor by Harley Jenkins. Standout junior with four species; bream, dusky flathead, whiting and luderick was Oscar Weingarth. Congratulations to Sam Dixon for a 41cm Trevally and Kade Jenkins for his 43cm tailor.

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 5 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 5 NOVEMBER 2018

Warmer Weather Sets the Scene for Great Estuary Fishing

Photo Caption: 8yr old Kade Jenkins of Berrambool shows his exciting 42cm class winning Tailor caught during last weekend’s Wolumla – Merimbula Lake round, of the Wolumla Amateur Fishing Club’s “Three Weekend” Tournament.

Whales galore! Merimbula and Tura Beach residents have been enthralled with local whale sightings off Tura Headland, Short Point and Long Point. Tail whacking, inverted jumping and flipper slaps are the order of the day and coincide with last weekend’s Eden Whale Festival.

Ocean flathead are available along from Tura Headland past Bournda Island to SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are available between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs. Congratulations to club member Dean Greenwell for an outstanding 19.81kg gummy shark taken at Bitangabee south of Mowarry.

Calamari squid are patchy at the Merimbula Wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk. At the wharf the annual luderick run has started and though shy to bite a few have already been landed on artificial weed flies.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait burley certainly helps. Good salmon are reported at Pambula in the vicinity of the “shark hole”.

This coming weekend the Club is running its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge which has a prize pool of some $7,000 for more than 40 prizes. This event is open to all anglers, with free entry for children. The Challenge is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a DPI “brag mat”. The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back Lakes and Pambula Lake. Entry finalized at the Briefing on Friday 9th November at the Clubhouse.

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!