Pambula river stood out last week as cool waters slowed down offshore reef and flathead returns.

Photo Caption: 12 yr old Rali Badullovich with 10 yr old Ava Tatman on the Pambula River releases a fine Australian Salmon caught during the Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition

A break of sunny weather and calm seas saw a good number of anglers venture out of our principle ports at Quarantine Bay, Merimbula and Kianinny but returns were poor. At the local reefs with the water temperature below 15 degrees it was difficult to entice a bite out of snapper or morwong or even flathead off the sands. Best flathead came from directly off Kianniny at 17 fathoms. Snapper and jackass morwong did report from the William Dawes wreck about 25km off Bithry Inlet and further out in waters below the 70 fathom reef line! Luckily gummies were on the chew inshore and some fine table fish (flake) were taken. Good results were reported from off Lennards Island and near the Pinnacle reef north of Tathra.

Australian salmon are reporting off the headlands and beaches as well as in the Pambula River. Some magnificent fish over 60cm in length were landed after dark off Gillards Beach. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard.

Pambula River and Broadwater were the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even a few dusky flathead on the chew. Try the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards. In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea remains good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Back Lake plus some occasional trevally.

Reports from the Bega River, which was opened on 15 July, are not so good with little action about Mogareeka. With the recent rains spawning estuary perch should be back on the bite but as it is the breeding season there is a closure until 31 August and all fish caught must be released.

The MBGLAC Club Room is 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 . All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!