Large Pink Algal Bloom off Tura Headland

Photo Caption: Ron Achison of Tura Beach shows a magnificent Sand Flathead taken SE of Turingal Headland.

Philip Jacobs has sent us photographs of a widespread pink bloom in the waters around the northern side of Tura Headland. “Noctilluca scintillans”, or “sea sparkle” as it is commonly known, is responsible for the pinkish coloured slick which seems to reappear year on year along parts of the Sapphire Coast. It’s presence is a sign of warming conditions during spring as it requires a mix of light, high nutrients and warm water in order to bloom. This algae is not considered harmful although it can cause a skin itch, so it’s probably best not to swim where it is concentrated. Noctilluca is bio luminescent and at night lights up in breaking waves with a beautiful blue flash just like an aurora.
Dolphins and whales continue to be seen along the 20 fathom line, now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica. They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter.
There was not a lot of tidal movement last week and it was difficult to get good reef fish onto the bite. Best areas for snapper, morwong and nannygai were to the south off Lennards Island, North Head and Boyds Tower. To the north past Haycock and Long Point only flathead were on the chew, like the one taken by Ron Achison off Turingal Headland. A good starting point is the 20 fathom line out to 25 fathoms. Good salmon are sporadic but have been reported off local beaches; North Tura, Middle Beach and Haycock in particular.

Reports from the artificial reefs suggest there are already clusters of bait fish. Although it may take as long as 5 years for weed and sponge growth to fully stabilise on the reefs there is every expectation that by summer we should be seeing some pelagics like bonito and kingfish attracted to the towers.

Water temperatures continue to rising in the estuaries. Relatively large tailor are abundant in Merimbula Lake – try metal spinners – and already there is some dusky flathead activity. At the Bega River good bream and estuary perch remain active try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits.

Commencing the footy finals weekend the Club will be open on Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome. 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:

Keep your rods bent!