Report 15/2/18

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Report 15/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:48 am

The cool change couldn’t come quick enough after today's hot temperatures, but this coming week's outlook looks like windy afternoons, so early morning starts are definitely the go.

Offshore the bottom fishing has been excellent this past week with the flathead well and truly on the chew. Good bags of sand and a few tiger flathead have made most anglers happy with the odd gummy shark thrown in also. The fish have been shallower with water depths of 25-35 meters being best. Using fresh striped tuna or salted pilchards are the preferred baits and don’t be surprised to see the odd smaller snapper up to 2 kilo coming from the same ground. We had a fella come in who caught 3 nice snapper over the sand whilst targeting flatties so the saying fish are where you find them certainly rings true in this instance.

Further offshore the marlin bite continues though it does seem the better fishing is further south off Mallacoota. A crew had figures of 16-16-9 which is ridiculous marlin fishing with multiple hook-ups the norm. The boys were wide 45kms out with water temps around 21 degrees. The beaks are mostly stripes from 80-110 kilo so solid fish for this part of the coast. Trolling a mixture of skirts and skip baits has worked but if you find a bait-ball the action really hots up. Switch baiting with livies is the go to method here with actually catching the live bait almost as hard as the marlin with the bait being very patchy. There’s some cracking good water north of us pushing South hard so l wouldn’t be surprised to see the next 5 days or so really fire up.

In the estuaries the top lake continues to produce with flathead, tailor, bream and whiting all succumbing to several different methods. Casting a range of soft plastics and soft vibes along the ribbon weed edges in 3-5 meters has seen plenty of fish caught. There’s some big fish to with a handful of 80cm plus fish captured this past week. If bait fishing l’d be concentrating my efforts in the lower sections of the channel near the main bridge. Good sized trevally and flathead have been making plenty of kids smile which is great to see. This next 3-4 days will be great for prawning with the New moon tonight, there’s ample to be caught with Wallagoot certainly the place to prawn.

The ocean rocks and Merimbula wharf are firing with salmon and tailor in excellent numbers. Young Tyler from the shop caught in excess of 30 fish on Wednesday morning with the best salmon at 66cm. All fish were caught on lures and mostly surface so a lot of fun to be had that’s for sure. This increase in pelagic action may be due to some cooler water in close but for those getting amongst them it’s happy days.

Both rock platforms at Short Point and Tura Head have seen the same action with some quality drummer coming from the southern ledge at Tura Head. Fresh cabbage has been the gun bait with a little burley used also. The beaches have been OK not as good as last week for whiting with the cooler water but that will change when it warms up again. There have been more yellowfin bream this week with Merimbula main the pick to fish.

Tight lines till next week.

Happy Fishing

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
Tackle World Merimbula
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