Report 12/7/18

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Report 12/7/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:25 pm

The last week has been pretty miserable with our weather with windy days and big seas making the journey wide to the tuna grounds almost impossible. The good news is the next 4-5 days looks better so hopefully we can get some information on how the SBT are going and where they can be found. Those that have ventured outside have done OK on the bottom species with flathead numbers still good with water depths of 40-45 meters the go. The Sticks down south near Pambula has been good with a few gummy sharks coming from this same area. These fine eating fish are averaging 5-6 kilo so not huge but still great on the plate. Those anglers after snapper have fared OK but they have slowed up a bit to. Drifting seems to be the go so you’re covering the ground and finding the reds, when you come across a patch anchoring up and burleying seems to be paying dividends for those who put the extra effort in.

The better reefs seem to be Long Point straight off Merimbula with Turingal further north also producing the goods with a few morwong thrown in to. In the estuaries the Bega River to the north of Tathra has been the stand-out this week. With this system now closed again to the ocean l expect it to really fire up especially upstream of Blackfellows lagoon. A few locals have done extremely well on black bream fishing the snags and deeper rockwalls with a mixture of hard-bodies and soft plastics both working at times. Getting up there can be a little tricky as its quite shallow now but if you take your time you will get to the fishier water. Further downstream towards the entrance l know there’s been some good bream, mainly yellowfin bream around the bridge pylons. Casting a lightly weighted Hawkesbury prawn close to the pylon structure has been very productive as has soft vibes fished slow at the pylon bases. At Merimbula the lower channel sections is still the place to fish with trevally, bream and blackfish all still chewing and in good numbers. It’s been like this for weeks now and l can’t see any reason it will change in the short time. Further upstream in the top lake its very cold with the water a chilly 12 degrees. This has made it quite tough for the bait anglers but those casting a few blades and soft vibes are still getting a few flathead and bream. Yes you have to work for them with the bites being very soft but the fish are there you just need to put the time in to catch them.

On the beaches it’s been excellent. All beaches with a gutter are producing plenty of salmon with fish to 3 kilo getting caught consistently. There solid fish at that size and pull well with the majority of fish getting caught on salted pilchards with a paternoster rig. This is a simple way to fish that works, you will also get plenty casting metal shiners in the 20-40 gram bracket. We have had plenty of people commenting on the beach fishing and just how good it is at present. There’s been a few solid tailor mixed in with the salmon and the odd bream caught especially up at North Tura beach near Bournda Island.

For the rock-hopper its been a tough week with the big seas but the next few days it should fire up for drummer, blackfish and groper. Look at Short Point as a starting Point, this place always fishes well after heavy seas and l expect it to fire once again. Use either cabbage, green weed or cunjevoi as bait with a little burley to help things along also. If you’re after the pelagics like salmon and tailor then the wharf in town and Tura head the platforms to concentrate on.

Tight lines till next week.

Tackle World Merimbula
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