FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 1 AUGUST 2022

Winter angling showing some good returns

“Old Man and the Sea” John McKay of McKays Oysters Shows a lovely local snapper.

With improving though cooler weather game fishing anglers have ventured out and report bluefin tuna off Merimbula.   With the Club’s August Bluefin Event now under way we look to some fruitful angling. During the whole month of August, the Club is running a friendly Bluefin Event. 

Sponsored by JB Lures, the objective is to encourage the broadest participation of members and visitors to target our Bluefin fishery.  There will be open sharing of experiences with the objective of maximizing success by all. 

A recent drone photograph taken near Bar Beach showed the sea black with Australian salmon, apart from a near perfect circle of clear water, where a large shark was swimming.  Yes salmon are abundant and enter our estuaries at the beginning of the rising tide. 

They are feeding on whitebait which are prolific having bred in the upper lakes over the summer.  The best way to connect with the salmon is by using small whitebait like soft plastics.  Remember salmon also frequent Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches.  Try a paternoster rig with a gang hooked pilchard on one leader and a popper on the other.  

Good snapper, morwong and gummy shark are reporting from our local reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe and further south past Boyds Tower.  Try 15 to 20 fathoms, best results from anchoring and using a burley bomb. 

Drummer and luderick plus salmon, tailor and squid are available from the headlands, take care – a lifejacket is recommended.  Best bait for drummer is cabbage weed and use silver spinners for salmon and tailor.  Use No. 3 light coloured jigs for squid.    

There are good tailor in the upper Merimbula Lake and in the Bega River at Mogareeka.  The lower reaches below the bridges hold salmon, tailor and trevally.  Dusky flathead remain quite.  

At the Merimbula Wharf the sea urchin cull project is ongoing with the research component, recording the number of urchins over a measured area progressing well along prepared traverse lines. This is being undertaken by divers from Atlas of Life.  They report the water was super clear with visibility of 10 -15 metres and the temperature 13 degrees.   The next step is the actual cull to be undertaken by Abalone Association divers.  

 The Club will be open on Friday 5 August from 6.00pm.  This is the when prizes in the Club’s Species of the Month Competition for July – salmon – will be declared.  For August the Species of the Month is Morwong.   Visitors are very welcome. Come one and all and enjoy the Clubs ambience, friendship and lovely views.  

There is also the fishing report together with very competitive bar prices.  Club stalwart Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 JULY 2022

Clubs Salmon Sunday a great success.

Members and their Guests Enjoy Salmon Sunday.

Poor weather conditions during the past week kept most gamefish boats at their moorings.  However with improving conditions over the weekend some bluefin tuna were taken off Merimbula and this portends well for the Club’s August Bluefin Event.  

During the whole month of August, the Club is running a friendly Bluefin Event.  Sponsored by JB Lures, the objective is to encourage the broadest participation of members and visitors to target our bluefin fishery.  There will be open sharing of experiences with the objective of maximizing success by all. 

The Club’s Salmon Sunday, an annual event based from the Haycock Beach picnic area, can only be described as an outstanding success with its BBQ lunch held in gorgeous winter sunshine.  The sky was cloudless and it was practically windless.  Congratulations to new members Matthew Walmsley and Leanne Hoath who fished early and won first and second prize with the catch and release of a pair of fine Australian Salmon. 

Few other salmon were caught as the tide was low and this shows that the best results for salmon come towards the top of the tide. Remember salmon frequent Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches.  Try a paternoster rig with a gang hooked pilchard on one leader and a popper on the other.  

The rough conditions curtailed headland fishing last week though now the weather has improved there are tailor, salmon, drummer, luderick and squid available for those who can scale the headlands.  Silver spinners for the tailor and salmon, cabbage weed for drummer and luderick and No. 3 light coloured jigs for the squid.   There are good snapper and morwong about our local reefs; Haycock, Horseshoe and further south past Boyds Tower reef. 

Try 15 to 20 fathoms, best results from anchoring and using a burley bomb.  Anglers fishing near Bitangabee came across a large slimey mackerel bait ball and hooked into some lovely snapper using 200gm micro jigs.  Quite astoundingly some of the snapper came up under the bait ball to within a few metres of surface.

During the early part of the run in tide there are Australian salmon plus tailor and trevally downstream of the Merimbula Bridge.  Same for the Pambula River with best results for salmon and tailor by trolling and casting small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  

In the Bega River at Mogareeka there are lots of tailor and we have reports of big bream and trevally near the launching ramp.  

 The Club will be open on Friday 29 July from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome and the Club applauds the large number of visitors availing themselves of the Clubs ambience, welcome, friendship and lovely views.  

Come one and all and enjoy the fishing report together with very competitive bar prices.  Club stalwart Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 18 JULY 2022

Boys and Girls both, rewarded for fishing the Winter School Holiday Comp.

Winners of the Winter School Holidays Junior Fishing Competition gather at the prizes table.

Keep your eye out for whales now.  When travelling north the whales tend to be well offshore and we miss out on most sightings but the trip southwards to Antarctica sees lots of calves being escorted by their mothers and they tend to  frequent the bays and inlets to rest as they move ever southwards.    

Offshore our game fishing fraternity are sad that the yellowfin tuna have now passed by but were thrilled to find shoals of albacore, some weighing up to 14kg.  We are now on the lookout for the first of the bluefin tuna to arrive. 

Last Saturday at Spencer Park Junior and small fry anglers, both boys and girls, who fished in the Winter School Holiday Competition, were awarded a total of 10 major prizes all curtsey of local business sponsorship.  Some 20 other prizes were also distributed including the lucky draw for all those that had entered fish in the competition.  The competition ran for the three weeks of the overlapped winter NSW and VIC school holidays and can only be described as an outstanding success. Planning for next year’s event is already underway.  

A few days of benign weather have seen our rock hoppers out fishing and taking some lovely drummer and luderick from Tura and Haycock Headlands.     

There are good snapper and morwong about our local reefs; Haycock, Horseshoe and further south to Boyds Tower reef.  Try 15 to 20 fathoms, best results from anchoring and using a burley bomb.

The Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf) continues to provide for Australian salmon and tailor in the evenings try 50gm silver spinners.  Squid are also available try prawn coloured No.3 slow sinking jigs. 

There are Australian salmon plus tailor and trevally downstream of the Merimbula Bridge, best during the early part of the run in tide.  Same for the Pambula River with best results for salmon and tailor by trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.   In the Bega River there are lots of tailor and we have reports of bream and trevally near the launching ramp.  

 

Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings. Sunday 24 July is the Clubs Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach. Who will get the largest salmon on Sunday morning?  To be followed by a BBQ amid the trees, all enjoying the mid-winter sunshine.

 The Club will be open on Friday 22 July from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 4 JULY 2022

Yellowfin Tuna Schools excite game fishing anglers.

15 yr old Jack Pollock Member of Greigs Flat awarded the annual 2021-22 NSW GFA Southern Zone Yellowfin Tuna trophy by Steve Lamond President and Sanchia Glaskin Secretary.

Tales of game fishing activity abound with schools of yellowfin tuna offshore.  Generally well out, at depths of over 1,500 fathoms, tuna have been weighed in up to 75kg in size.  Congratulations to the lucky anglers.  Closer in, at 250 fathoms, deep dropping has brought up some lovely blue eye trevalla considered one of the finest table fish caught in southern waters. 

The Winter School Holidays Junior Fishing Competition is going gang busters and we now have close to 90 entries.  The Fishing Workshop last Monday at the Clubhouse was also very well attended and an absolute success.

The next Workshop is scheduled for Monday 11 July 10.0am.  Bookings for the workshop by email to “juniorfishing2022@gmail.com”.  The competition runs to the end of the NSW school holidays on the 15 July and entry forms are still available from both Tackle World Merimbula and Complete Angler.  Each entry which includes a bag of goodies plus a DPI brag mat is $5 per person and $10 per family.  All details in the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.

Good news; the Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf) has been repaired and is now open.  Luckily this coincides with the start of NSW school holidays and the wharf can be used by all winter holiday junior anglers.  Best for Australian salmon and tailor in the evenings.  Squid are also available try prawn coloured No.3 slow sinking jigs. 

There have been good results from the headlands during the past week with calmer seas and SW winds.  Australian Salmon, tailor and bonito have attacked cast soft plastics.  There are also luderick, drummer and calamari.  Best bait for drummer and luderick is cabbage weed and catches are reported from Tura Headland and Haycock Point.  Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

There remain swarms of good Australian salmon plus tailor, trevally and bream downstream of the Merimbula Bridge.  Best during the early part of the run in tide.  Same for the Pambula River with best results for salmon and tailor  by trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  From the Bega River we have reports of trevalley, bream and dusky flathead, try about the Mogareeka Bridge.

July 1 saw the end of the monthly species competition for drummer.  Congratulations to Les Dirou of Pambula who won with the largest fish taken at Haycock Point on cabbage weed and also the lucky draw rod reel combo.  Second place went to Corey Walker of Grieg’s Flat.  Next month July the target species is Australian salmon.

The Club will be open on Friday 8 July from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27 JUNE 2022

Good Conditions Fire up Local Anglers.

The Tuna Lady of Tura Beach Heather Sutterby, shows a 30kg Yellowfin Tuna taken last weekend.

Fishing some 50km well out off Kianinny local game fishers were rewarded with a magnificent boil up of yellowfin tuna.  In idyllic conditions 5 local boats were so very fortunate to see shoals of big tuna feeding on a bait ball with acrobatic activity and lots of jumping.  Congratulations to Heather Sutterby for landing her 30kg yellowfin hooked using a Pro Squidgy.

With the commencement of the Victorian school holidays the Winter School Holidays Junior Fishing Competition is now underway and will run for three weeks until the end of the NSW school holidays.  In support of junior angling the Club is overjoyed with the large take up and already there are more than 60 entrants.  Entry forms are available from both Tackle World Merimbula and Complete Angler.  Each entry which includes a bag of goodies plus a DPI brag mat is $5 per person and $10 per family.  All details in the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.

With the large numbers registered we ask now for those intending to attend the “How to Catch” workshops to be held from 10am till noon on both Mondays the 4th and  11th July at the MBGLAC Clubrooms, Spencer Park,  to book through email; “juniorfishing2022@gmail.com”.

Sponsored by DPI Fisheries divers from Atlas of Life commenced the Merimbula Wharf sea urchin project, last Sunday with a pre cull urchin count along prepared traverse lines. The next step is the actual cull to be undertaken by Abalone Association divers when the weather is suitable.  

There have been good results from the headlands during the past week with calmer seas and SW winds.  Australian Salmon, bonito and even snapper have attacked cast soft plastics.  There are also tailor, drummer and calamari.  Best bait for drummer is cabbage weed and catches are reported from Tura Headland and Haycock Point. 

Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  Downstream of the Merimbula bridge there remain swarms of good Australian salmon plus tailor, trevally and bream.  Best during the early part of the run in tide.  Same for the Pambula River with best results trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  From the Bega River we have reports of trevalley, bream and dusky flathead.

The Club will be open on Friday 1 July from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.

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