Lots of Activity in the Estuaries Heralds Springs Arrival

Caption: 10 yr old Ava Tatman of Merimbula shows her lovely catch and release Australian Salmon in the beautiful Pambula River.

Whales remain active as they continue their travel northwards for their breeding season in much warmer waters. It is estimated some 30,000 whales have passed by and with a 6%-10% breeding rate we should see about 32,000 return in October and November.

Because the newly developed sand bar near Mitchies has engulfed the original port (red) marker and almost reached the starboard (green) marker buoy Maritime services have re positioned the channel markers to show the new channel. Boaters leaving and entering the Merimbula Lake need to know that the previous green marker buoy has been replaced by a red one and the green buoy moved across towards Spencer Park. This dramatic change in the Merimbula channel reflects the vast amount of sand movement in the entrance area which has resulted from the main sand bar, from Mitchies towards Bar Beach, being breached and a second “false channel” developed. We warn that some boaters have mistakenly tried to exit the lake using the false channel only to become stuck in shallow waters. When leaving the lake travel northwards in the channel until near the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon before turning towards the entrance.

Offshore a few snapper and morwong have reported from our local reefs; Haycock and Hunter in particular, with best bait pilchards and squid. Good snapper are reported from Boyds Tower and Mowarry. In the shelving waters off Mowarry some good ocean flathead have been taken otherwise they remain elusive but as waters warm should be back on the chew by October. Off Haycock a few gummy shark have been taken on fresh baits.

Anglers fishing our headlands and beaches have taken salmon and tailor and congratulations to Jim Clarke of Pambula for his great Australian salmon angling off Haycock Beach. A few calamari have been taken from the Merimbula Fishing platform using No.3 slow sinking jigs.

Pambula River remains the stand out fishing spot during the past week with ubiquitous salmon, tailor and trevally. Try the channel between the Shark Hole and Broadwater. Best bait pilchards with good trevally and bream on the chew.

There are some nice Australian salmon in the Merimbula front lake channel near the entrance. Trolling with silver spinners is giving good results which include nice tailor. There are tailor and trevally in the channel. Luderick have become active at the bridge responding to stringy weed. There are lots of “chopper” tailor in the Merimbula Top Lake plus some occasional bream and trevally. The Bega River at Mogareeka has finally returned some lovely dusky flathead. In the main reach above the launching ramp tailor react to trolled silver spinners. There are also a few bream beside the rockwall up from the ramp. Lake Curalo at Eden is now quite shallow and has closed again.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains 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 Alan Wilkins 0412 149 998.

Keep Your Rods Bent.