Spells of Good Weather Support Local Anglers

Photo Caption: Junior member Joshua Jones on Lucky 1, Captained by Martin Bartlett, shows his first tag and release Albacore Tuna off Eden.

The search continues for yellowfin tuna and there are reports of some captures of smaller fish. Albacore Tuna are more active and fish up to 13kg reported off Tathra at 65 fathoms, and also in deeper waters out from Eden.

With the weather holding, anglers are reporting good snapper off the usual reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Ocean flathead are not scarce but seem to be best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 22 fathoms. Water temperatures near shore remain cool in the 15 degree range and returns have definitely slowed.

On Tuesday 16 June the DPI Fisheries inspected the Merimbula Artificial Reefs using self powered submersible video equipment and report very favorable weed growth and colonisation by a variety of fish species. One in particular, the bearded cod, is not seen in any of the more northern artificial reefs. There are lots of slimy mackerel in mid water with yakas deeper down, together with small cuta.

In the estuaries the cooler waters have generally slowed activity. However in the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are very active and a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. There are Australian salmon in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake and the Bega River at Mogareeka. At both Pambula and the Bega River; Estuary Perch are biting well on soft plastics as this is their breeding time. Please note that for four months; 1 May to 31 August there is an annual zero bag limit for estuary perch and Australian bass in saltwaters. The closure provides protection for these hard hitting native sportfish, which travel from freshwater to the saltwater estuaries to breed.

Salmon Sunday the Club’s mid winter social at the beach, is scheduled for Sunday 11 July. The whole event to be held at Haycock Beach, is based on an early morning salmon fish then, observing social distancing rules, a get together in the sun for the popular BBQ. 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!