Large Schools of Yellowfin out from Green Cape.

Jasper Dulhunty of Millingandi shows one of the winning snappers from last week’s Snapper Classic.

Large schools of yellowfin tuna have excited anglers out from Green Cape.  The yellowfin are moving southwards within the East Australian Current and may now have left our waters but lots more are anticipated during late May and early June.  Don’t forget the Club’s Merimbula Open scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday weekend 11-13 June.  

 Winners of the Club’s annual Snapper Classic caught fish of much larger size (up to 73.8cm) than usual in our waters (see Caption) and which are more typical of the larger breed common to Victorian waters.  Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms the observations of DPI fisheries officer Matt Proctor of Eden; that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Sapphire Coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock.  The two stocks meet and mix around Eden in southern NSW. 

Mr Proctor considers local snapper to be plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north that are of similar age.  This means that our local snapper though smaller are older weight-for-age than their Victorian cousins.  It’s not too late to get amongst these beauties with good snapper on the chew all along the coast from Long Point to Green Cape.  Try 7 inch pink/blue soft plastics or pilchard and squid baits on a Paternoster rig.

Local waters have not cooled much and some large ocean flathead remain available off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.    There are Calamari, Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands and the Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf).  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Fish the Merimbula Lake channel downstream of the bridge at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics for good Australian salmon, tailor and trevally.  Add kingfish to the list in the Merimbula Top Lake.  The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics up from near the entrance.  

Try for Australian salmon and Tailor around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target dusky flathead with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Some lovely bream and trevally  are available up river from the bridge, using pumped nippers.  

The Club will be open on Friday 27 May 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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