A Great time for Black Drummer off the Headlands.
Photo Caption: Alan Wilkins Member of Tura Beach shows a lovely Gummy Shark taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock Point.
Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and there are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry Point, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs. Some fine gummy shark remain active at the reef edges. Locally there are is a fair number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Reports of very large slimy mackerel have come from Tathra Beach near Mogareeka and further north at Nelsons and Cowdroys Beaches. Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 17 fathoms. Further South off Baronda Headland try 15 fathoms.
Now is the time to fish the headlands and estuaries when some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds. We have reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi. Good Tailor are about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go. Dusky Flathead remain quiet. Good bTailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach. Best time for Tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening. Try spinning with metal lures. Merimbula Lake has returned a few Dusky Flathead best using soft plastics. ream and estuary perch remain active in the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.
Australian salmon and good tailor are available off our beaches, best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening. Try triple gang hooked pilchards as bait or if you want to cast, 50gm blue coloured metal lures. Salmon and tailor are also in the Pambula River and Broadwater. Trolled silver lures are also working well.
Large schools of luderick remain in the lower channel up to the bridge at Merimbula. Try from the Marina with stringy week or artificial lures. Nippers and worms are also great baits for luderick.
From Father’s Day on Sunday 1 September, the zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch ceased in rivers below freshwater impoundments and these fish may be legally retained (2 per day). For example the Bega River.
The Club’s eagerly awaited Weber Night is scheduled for this Friday Evening 6 September 6.30 for 7.00pm. What a great way to warm up during these cold winter evenings. For only $10 per head you can enjoy good company and succulent beef and lamb off the Weber! Chicken too! You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au
Keep your rods bent!