Wild Early Summer Weather Keeps Most Anglers in the Estuaries.
Caption: Member Stephen Nimmo shows a magnificent calamari squid taken one evening from the Merimbula Fishing Platform
Interpid offshore anglers report that conditions continue to favour deep drop angling with the East Australian Current flowing a little more slowly than usual at the edge of the Continental Shelf. Blue eye remain the target but alas some large sharks have also entered the scene.
Keep watch for bird activity to identify swarms of bait fish (slimy mackerel) draped along our shores. With the possibility of Australian salmon and kingfish near surface and flathead, morwong and snapper down below, these bait swarms can provide exciting pelagic and bottom bouncer angling. Snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs and as weather permits, good catches report from all down the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed off Kianinny. Congratulations to member Malcolm Robinson taking a brace of fine ocean flathead and two gummy sharks off the Tura Golf Course. There are good morwong at North Head and Middle Head near the lighthouse and this is a good area to start a drift for flathead.
Some really large calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs. The annual luderick run is tentative but encouraging results are reported. Some large drummer have been taken using cunjevoi bait.
We are advised by members that entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake is becoming even more difficult with a shallow bar now directly in front of the starboard green marker buoy at the entrance and we advise boaters to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.
The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for Australian salmon, bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally. Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well as unweighted pilchards. Simple silver spinners trolled give good results especially in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance. Best time is the start of the run in tide. With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting, try Fishpen using nippers.
The Bega River remains open and is clearing nicely. Good estuary perch are reported down to Thompsons with even a few about the launching ramp. With river temps up to 21 degrees dusky flathead and bream are well on the chew and some good size fish (catch and release) reported using soft plastics. Mogareeka is the place for those metre long duskys. Work the shallow edges with glide baits, soft plastics or poddy mullet. Keen anglers fishing near the river entrance with stringy weed and floats also hooked up with some lovely luderick.
With the weather warming, now is the time to invest in a bright light and a hand held prawn net. We are encouraged by reports of good size prawns from early catches in the Merimbula Lake between the Bridge and Fishpen. Best time is during the dark of the moon and with a run out tide.
MBGLAC will be holding its 2020 Xmas function on Friday evening 11 December, commencing 6.30pm. All members and guests please book through Club President Peter Haar 0417 021 066. Attendance at the Club is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au .
Keep your rods bent!