Difficult Fishing Conditions with the arrival of Springtime Winds.

Photo Caption: Last Saturday Lachlan Wilkins just 4 1/2 years old, visiting from Bairnsdale, measures his first ever Salmon taken at Tura Beach on pilchards.

When the strong westerlies are blowing it’s a good time to fish for salmon off our beaches. Salmon and good tailor are 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.

Now is also the time to fish the headlands and estuaries when some sheltered areas can be found. 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.

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and when you can get out there are snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. Best depths about 17 fathoms. With the moon starting to make gummy shark should be back on the chew at the reef edges. Locally there are is a fair number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come? Good flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach. Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 17 fathoms. Further South off Baronda Headland try 15 fathoms.

Bream are spawning in the Bega River with most gathered near Thompsons. Down river near Mogareeka some good tailor respond to silver lures, best early morning and evening.

The Merimbula Fishing platform is alive with 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.

On Friday 20 September 6.30 for 7.00pm the Club will host John Smythe who will talk about the Sea Urchin Problem. John’s presentation will give a background to the problem and how it has been addressed at state level. He will outline a possible small scale program that MBGLAC may be interested in to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf, restoring the weedy habitat and increase fishing opportunities.

John is secretary of Abalone Association of NSW the peak industry body for the abalone and sea urchin fisheries in NSW. He is also a NSW Director on the Abalone Council of Australia, the body that represents the abalone fishery nationally as well as co-ordinates all abalone research through FRDC. He has been abalone diving for 45 years mostly out of Merimbula, Tathra and Eden and has been involved with research into sea urchins since the early 1990s.

All are welcome to attend and this topical presentation looks like being very interesting and timely.

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!