Tempestuous Spring Weather Keeps Anglers in the Estuaries.

Caption: Long term Member Jeff Knox of Merimbula with a lovely Australian Salmon taken in Pambula Lake.

Strong winds have accentuated whale sightings all along the coast. It’s well understood that whales become more active with great thumping fin and tail splashes so that they can communicate between pods when sea conditions are “noisy”. With suitable vessels whale watchers are having a tremendous time during the windy weather and choppy seas. From shore visit the headlands for some spectacular views.

Snapper are certainly returning to the bite with some good fish taken on micro jigs off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Try double hooks with light green flashers in about 15 fathoms. Morwong are fairly quiet but some good fish have been taken in the deeper parts of Haycock reef. Flathead are beginning to stir and some good fish have been taken in deeper waters off Short Point, try 20 fathoms. As before flathead are also available in the shelving waters off Mowarry at about 20 fathoms. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are shoaling on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef. Reports to hand of large catches of gummies are frankly disquieting. Members strive to maintain stocks with prudent catch and release angling.

Australian salmon are spawning in the lower part of the Merimbula and Pambula channels and while difficult to get onto the bite some have been taken on soft plastics and small plastic lures while trolling. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake. Here it is difficult to troll because of the floating weed but drifting near a bust up and casting silver spinners can bring a great response. Congratulations to Jeff Knox for his salmon in Pambula Lake plus tailor, trevally and some good dusky flathead. Probably the first sign of duskies coming back on the bite as waters in the estuaries start to warm.

The Pambula River remains the stand out fishing spot during the windy weather with salmon, tailor and trevally on the chew. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards. Dusky flathead are becoming active.

Although fairly quiet for most fish at the Merimbula Fishing platform there are some fine calamari squid about at daybreak and evening. Try size 3 slow sinking jigs. The Bega River is returning some dusky flathead from above Thompsons and at Mogareeka. There are a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp.

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Keep your rods bent!