Snapper on the chew at our Local Reefs.

Photo Caption: Chris Young of Tura Beach shows a lovely local snapper taken off Horseshoe Reef out from Haycock Beach.

Dolphins and whales continue to be seen along the 20 fathom line, now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica. They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula’s popular whale charter. Look for the scads of birds diving in and feeding on the bait scraps surrounding the whales. Even though both humpback and minke have baleen for filtering their favourite dish krill they obviously enjoy our local baitfish.

Water temperatures are continuing to rise especially from the strong north to northeasterly winds we have been experiencing. When the winds are light and when you can get out there are good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. A good starting point is the 20 fathom line out to 25 fathoms. Flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Further north try Cowdroys at 18 fathoms.

With the lack of rain water in the Bega River is exceptionally clear and fish are frequenting the deeper waters. Try the rockwall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch and near the bridge for dusky flathead. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits. Of course there are tailor mornings and evenings for those who can spin or troll.

Dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake as the water warms and we approach October, the given start of the estuary fishing season.

The Merimbula Fishing platform has yellowtail and a few slimy mackerel. Burley is a must to bring the bait fish onto the bite. Calamari squid are falling to those with patience using mostly red colored jigs.

We have been asked what is happening at North Tura Beach where there are at times really large patches of white coloured water. This is a natural phenomenon related to the local geology where the sea shore out from the beach is underlain by soft sediments, clays and siltstones with white kaolinite. These are part of the Tertiary age sedimentary Long Beach formation which locally lies between The Point and Bournda Island. When the tides are low and there is sufficient wave activity the underlying soft sediments are being worn away by the sea releasing lots of kaolinite and fine clay. The result is essentially white coloured muddy water which streams out around The Point in southerly currents.

The Club will be open on Friday 27 September, start of the school holidays! You can 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:

Keep your rods bent!