Whale Watchers Rewarded by Spectacular Sights as the Southern Migration Gets Into Full Swing

Caption: 5 year old Lachlan Wilkins shows one of his three lovely Australian Salmon taken at North Tura Beach near Bournda Island.

Whales galore! Last Friday locals and visitors were overjoyed to watch a pod of humpback whales frolicking near the Merimbula Wharf. Fun and games for all. There is little doubt that the southward migration back to Antarctica for the summer season has commenced. When travelling south, especially with calves to protect, the whales tend to travel closer to shore than during their northern migration. Keep your eyes open.

Maritime services recently re positioned the channel markers near Mitchies to show the new channel position due to the vast amount of sand movement in the entrance area that resulted from breaching of the main bar and formation of a second “false channel”. Navigation advice is for all boaters entering the Merimbula Lake to keep to the left of the green marker buoy opposite Mitchies Jetty. Some have ignored this marker and ended up stuck on the shallow sands.

Good snapper are again reported from the Boyds Tower reef and Mowarry at 15 fathoms. Beast place for flathead is in the shelving waters off Mowarry at about 20 fathoms. We await the warming water in October for ocean flathead to really come back on the bite along our coast. Off Haycock a few gummy shark have been taken on fresh baits.

Some lovely trevally have been taken along the lower Merimbula Channel and congratulations are in order for Alan Wilkins for showing us all how to reel them in using soft plastics. Try red “worms”. Australian salmon are spawning in the lower part of the channel and some lovely fish have been taken on soft plastics and small plastic lures while trolling.

Salmon are also spawning in the Pambula River and this remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week together with tailor and trevally. We have reports of some nice flounder from the same area. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Soft plastic are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards.

The Bega River is returning some dusky flathead from above Thompsons and at Mogareeka. Also about are lots of “bull” mullet, these can be taken using a floating line and bread burley, using bread and prawn bait, occasionally with small red soft plastics. There are a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp. Some nice estuary perch have been taken further up river. Note the Bass and Estuary perch season commenced on 1 September.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. All bookings & enquires to Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998. MBGLAC 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!