Local Angling Restricted Mainly to the Estuaries.

Photo Caption: Maggie van der Toorren, Club Member of Tura Beach with a lovely Tailor from Merimbula Lake.

Offshore angling remains constrained as we go through patches of rain and wind associated with an Antarctic low pressure system that has brushed the SE of our Continent. Snow in the highlands even makes trout fishing very difficult!
Reports confirm lots of humpback whales inshore as they continue their travel northwards for their breeding season in warmer waters. We expect to see them back in October and November.

We have been advised that Maritime Merimbula have removed the light from the port channel marker near Mitchies Jetty. “Its probably not much use as a channel marker as its surrounded by a football field of dry sand!” quote by 81 year old Bill Deveril who owns Mitchies Jetty and has done so for more than half his life. Bill sees the massive movement of sands and erosion of Merimbula Beach as a natural event and says the area should eventually return to how it was. However Bill has one important codicil; “There is no doubt that in due course the lake will be closed by nature just like the Back Lake and Wallagoot.” Asked when this would happen Bill says “perhaps within the next 30 years, who knows.” We repeat our warning for great care exiting and entering the lake and also that Marine Rescue Merimbula will not cross the Bar more than 3 hours off high tide and two hours after.

An unusual member of the shark family the Australian swellshark or draughtboard shark has turned up in our waters and has replaced port jackson sharks as by-catch for our intrepid gummy anglers. The Australian swellshark or draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) is endemic to southern Australia. With visual similarities to a wobbegong this bottom-dwelling species can be found on the continental shelf down to a depth of about 70 fathoms. It is brownish to greyish in colour with a broad dark saddle behind the eyes, and a dense array of irregular very dark spots, blotches and saddles. One main difference with the wobbegong is the lack of whiskers (called barbels) around their nose. They are definitely a catch and release species.
Offshore, ocean flathead are quiet and catches best reported as occasional. We await some warmer water to get them back on the chew.
Pambula River and Broadwater again remain the stand out fishing spots during the past week with Australian salmon on the chew near the shark hole plus trevally and tailor. The salmon will take silver lures, Rapala type hard body lures and fish baits. You can also troll the lower reaches of the river with best results from green flashed silver spinners.

In the Merimbula front lake the start of the run-in from the sea should provide some trevally in the channel and bream over the shallows. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake mixed with some really nice fish, see photo. There are also occasional bream, trevally and dusky flathead.

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. 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 Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998.

Keep your rods bent!