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Report 18/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon May 21, 2018 9:52 am

It’s been a terrible past week weather wise along this part of the coast with monstrous seas and high winds, but thankfully Mother Nature is doing the right thing with conditions becoming more settled over the next few days. Those anglers venturing offshore will be happy with that news especially those anglers targeting the bread and butter species like snapper, flathead and kingfish. The big seas would have stirred up the bottom and l expect the snapper fishing to be excellent over the next week or so. Before the blow it was pretty good and it will only get better with most inshore reefs holding fish. I’d be looking in the shallower water with the bommies off Short Point and Haycock a good place to start. Yes you will have to be careful as there’s still a bit of swell around but anchoring up away from them casting lightly weighted baits like pilchards, fresh tuna strips or fresh squid on lighter than usual line should pay handsome rewards. Using burley here will definitely help but the key to getting great results is to fish light. If this finesse type of snapper wacking isn’t for you then the deeper water off Long Point, Turingal Head and The sticks down south near Pambula are all worth a look. Drifting with a mixture of baits and micro jigging should also get you a few nice reds with morwong, smaller kingfish, trevally and pigfish also on the cards.

Further offshore the game fishing fraternity have been non-existent with the weather but this weekend should see a few brave souls venture wide and see what’s happening. The water temperature charts still say 19 degrees along the shelf, ideal water for tuna especially yellowfin. It’s May and traditionally that’s tuna time so trolling a mixture of smaller skirts and deep diving minnows might just pay dividends. Having a few live bait and cubes at the ready is also advantageous just in case you come across that school and can get them up under the boat. It’s been done plenty of times before and in my experience yellowfin don’t mind southerly busters and the preceding days so it might be worth the journey wide and have a look. Listening to the radio chatter also helps to pin point areas that other anglers are having success, it’s another great way to get amongst them if the area you are fishing isn’t producing. I’m looking forward to hearing how the weekend fishes and letting you guys know about it.

What are firing are the local estuaries. Merimbula Lake is certainly the stand-out with the lower sections in the channels being excellent. There’s been ample trevally about with a few hooters up to 59cm being caught over recent days. Now there big fish with 2.5-3.0 kilo being the size and on bream tackle there white knuckle fun. These big trevs aren’t one offs either with a few local gurus getting 15-20 fish a session which is awesome in anyone’s books. They have mainly fallen to soft plastics fished on light jig heads with the draining tide faring best. If these guys aren’t for you there’s still plenty of bream, whiting, blackfish and a few stray flathead. These species are responding well to fresh prawns, pipi and beachworms fished on a running-sinker rig. Casting a few live poddy mullet has also worked on the duskies with a few fish upwards of 60cm so nice models. In the main basin tailor are prolific at the minute and will remain so for a few weeks yet. There also big with plenty of 1.5 to 2 kilo fish being caught. Casting metal shiners and whole pilchards on ganged hooks is working well with a few flathead and bream under the feeding tailor schools. Up in the Bega River it has slowed up somewhat with the lower sections being tough at the minute. There’s a few bream and EP’s in the snags and on the rock walls upstream, of Black fellows Lagoon with a mixture of hard-bods and softies working. You do have to work for them but if the time is put in you will be rewarded.

The main wharf in Merimbula Bay is this week’s rock hotspot with big, big salmon getting caught on a mixture of bait and lures. Local gun SAM has been having a ball on these speedsters with 2 kilo fish the norm with bigger ones as well. There’s a few rat kingfish mixed in with them with the odd tailor to plus some jumbo trevally so the wharf is certainly worth a look. With the swell abating both Tura head and Short Point should fire up with the pelagics but after all this rough weather the blackfish, drummer and groper should well and truly be on the chew. All these brutes love the rough stuff, cast a lightly weighted prawn or cabbage weed under a float and you will catch fish. A little burley won’t hurt either but use it sparsely or the pickers will drive you nuts.

If the beaches are your thing then Merimbula main is very good for whiting. We have had plenty of reports of fish to 42cm coming from here with pipi and beach-worms the gun baits. There are a few quite deep gutters close to shore after the heavy swell of late with the area in front of the airport a good place to start. Both Middle beach and Tura main have been good for salmon with a few thumping green back tailor making their presence felt also. I expect to see a few more gummy sharks over the next few weeks as late May these super eating fish move closer to shore to do their thing. With the evening tides being quite high a late evening fish might be on the cards but remember to rug up as the cold is setting in.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

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