Local anglers to abide by Social Distancing Rules

Photo Caption: Scott Robinson netting an Australian salmon at the Merimbula Wharf, hooked by his colleague Paul Burns.

To see the closure of beaches up and down the NSW coast because people are not abiding by social distancing rules provides a timely warning for anglers along the Sapphire Coast. You must abide by the rules. Don’t crowd the jetties or launching ramps or they will be closed by Council. Under current Federal and NSW Government public health directions people are required to stay at home unless they have a “reasonable excuse”. A reasonable excuse can be “exercise” or “fishing for food”. 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 ramps and on the boat.

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.

Remember to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW on your marine radio or the MarineRescue App.

The bar at Merimbula remains very shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft during low tide. Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to heading out over the bar to 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after. 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. We have been advised Crown Lands intends to undertake a hydrographic survey.

Reports to hand see good ocean flathead off Kianinny and 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.

Australian salmon are saving the day for land based anglers with good catches from our headlands, beaches and jetties. They are reported thick off Tura Headland. Try Tura Beach at Dolphin Cove, Middle Beach, Haycock Beach as well as Aslings Beach at Eden. Try silver spinners, and ganged hooks and pilchards and Rapala bibbed lures off the jetties.

Good land based fishing continues at Mogareeka where one can move around to get the best shelter from prevailing winds. On offer are bream, trevally and dusky flathead. Swarms of small bream make bait fishing difficult try soft plastics. Garfish have reported off the Kianinny jetty, you need to burley.

In 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.

At the Merimbula Wharf small kingfish seen last week are now accompanied by some whoppers. Calamari squid are best taken before dawn and after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig.

MBGLAC 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!