Local anglers welcome the influx of visiting Victorian Gummy Shark with some good catches reported.

Photo Caption: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach with a nice Gummy Shark taken off Haycock Beach

Following the last heavy rain and rough seas a break of sunny weather over last weekend saw a good number of anglers venture out of our principle ports at Quarantine Bay, Merimbula and Kianinny but like the week before returns remained poor. A school of bluefin tuna was reported off Green Cape but no hookups reported. Anglers have noted humpback whales inshore as they continue their travel northwards for breeding.

It was difficult to entice a bite out of snapper or morwong at our local reefs with the water temperature below 15 degrees or even flathead off the sands. Best flathead continue to come from directly off Kianniny at 17 fathoms. Luckily gummies were on the chew inshore and some fine table fish (flake) were taken. Best baits are slimy mackerel and yellowtail. Good results were reported from off Haycock Beach, Lennards Island and near the Pinnacle reef north of Tathra. We are lucky these mainly Victorian caught fish populate our far south coast waters.

During winter while the ocean waters are cool it seems most of our popular fish have gone on strike so it is good to report Australian salmon are on the chew off the headlands and beaches as well as in the Pambula River. At the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard. If you can bear the cold the best fish are taken just after dark.

Pambula River and Broadwater remain the stand out fishing spots during the past week with ubiquitous tailor, salmon, trevally and even a couple of Jewfish reported. Try the northern side of the Broadwater directly opposite the boat yards. At the Merimbula Wharf there are a few lovely calamari squid about during the evenings accepting slow sinking No. 3 jigs. In the Merimbula front lake the start of 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 bream and trevally.

With lots of cheering from the locals Curalo Lagoon at Eden was opened last week and has drained well. It is wonderful to see our bird life enjoying sandy beaches previously underwater. Reports from the Bega River, which remains open indicate some good estuary perch angling in the mid upper reaches, but these are a no take until the season re opens on 1st September.

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 www.mbglac.com.au . All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!