Report 27/4/18

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Report 27/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:21 pm

It’s amazing what happens offshore when you have a good weather window that allows anglers to get out there and explore what the ocean has to offer. This past week has been nothing short of exceptional on the weather front and in turn the fish have decided to play the game.

Anglers fishing the various reefs around Merimbula are pretty happy with themselves with snapper, morwong, pigfish and the odd kingfish all chewing at times. Most reefs are holding fish with the northern reefs best with Turingal and Whitecliffs being the stand-outs. Further south both Horseshoe reef in 22-24 fathoms and East of Lennard’s Island in 25 fathoms have both fired especially for snapper and some decent sized gummy sharks to 13 kilo to. Some crews are getting their bags of snapper with a few different techniques working. Bait anglers using fresh squid on lighter gelspun tackle have caught plenty as have anglers using micro jigs on the same sort of tackle. Using smaller jigs for snapper may seem far fetched to some but trust me it works and works well when there presented right. You can still expect a few reds and plenty of morwong on paternoster rigs drifting along but the bigger fish definitely seem better on the artificials. This makes sense with the bigger reds coming in closer to shore after the cuttlefish and l expect this action to last for a few weeks yet.

Further south the kingfish have slowed up somewhat but there’s still the odd hoodlum being caught. It’s certainly not as good as a few weeks ago, but if you put the time in you should be rewarded. The kings that have been caught are moving around a lot with some days the 35 meter line the go and others there close in near the rocks. The key is to move around and be patient have a mixture of methods ready, mainly live bait and jigs and hope they bite. They are there but can be stubborn buggers at times. Again Mowarry is the go to place though l have heard of a few bust offs off the main Jetty platform in Merimbula Bay so it and Long Point is certainly worth a look also.

Those after a feed of flatties won’t have to many issues, concentrate in 40-50 meters of water straight off Short point, it’s been good lately though the leatherjackets have been a nuisance with the slightly colder water.

Offshore there’s still the odd beakie about, the bait has become scarcer than recent weeks though if the time is put in your still in for a chance. What has improved is the yellowfin tuna, l know of several 40 kilo fish captured plus a couple jumbos that were lost so it may be time to lay a cube/burley trail at the shelf and see what happens. If the Tuna don’t show up you’re in with a chance at a mako shark or two as there’s been several caught this past week.

The ocean rocks and beaches have been excellent depending on where you’re fishing. The northern beaches are definitely the go with one customer getting 26 salmon on shiners in two outings with the majority of fish around 1.5-2 kilo, not monsters but still a stack of fun. He said the morning was certainly better, getting there before sunrise was the key with most of the fish coming in an hour or so period. There’s been a few tailor about to with North Tura and Bournda beaches definitely the hot spots at present. They both have solid deep gutters, not heaps of them but enough to hold some quality fish. Off the stones Tura Head still produces with bonito, salmon, rat kingfish and the odd frigate mackerel as well. Again metal shiners and smaller bibbed minnows have worked with whole pilchards on ganged hooks being better once the sun gets up.

The main wharf in Merimbula bay has also seen some action but not as good as Tura. They are getting plenty of squid off the platform so casting a jig or two might see some nice rings for the pan.

In the estuaries the water is 19-20 degrees so cooling down a bit. This drop in temperature has really fired the tailor up in the top lake at Merimbula. The place is loaded with choppers from 35-50cm, just look for the diving birds, cast a shiner and have some fun. I’d expect a few flathead, bream and trevally under the tailor schools to. These silver speedsters are messy eaters so the scraps act as a burley trail enticing these other species in for a feed. Try using heavier weighted soft plastics to get to the bottom quicker and not loose so many to the tailor. You will get some nice fish doing this with the southern end of the Lake seeing a lot of the action. Up at Bega River it’s still closed to the sea. It has slowed up this week but there’s still a few flatties in the lower sections near the bridge. The rockier walls have seen a few bream and EP’s caught using lightly weighted plastics bounced down the walls.


Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

Tackle World Merimbula
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Tim McConnachie with a nice size Morwong taken off Eden.

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