Report 9/8/18

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Report 9/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:13 pm

Merimbula Lake and the estuaries around the local region have stilled fished quite well despite the chilly 13 degree water temperature we have at present. The water is extremely clear with visibility down to 5 meters in certain parts of the top lake but there’s still some solid fish to be caught. Those anglers that have done OK are fishing early mornings or late afternoons when the low light periods are more prevalent. This has certainly helped as the days have been clear, sunny and bright, not ideal conditions for the estuary but if you fish the right times you will be rewarded.

There’s been some solid flatties come from the top lake in 5-7 meters of water along the ribbon weed edges on the southern part of the lake. The best l’ve heard of went 80cm with a few in the 70cm range also. Most of the fish have found mid sized soft plastics about 80-90 in fish patterns hard to resist but a very slow lift/drop methodical approach has been the key to success. With the water so cold the fish are there but the slower you go seems the best method at present. There’s some nice eaters also getting caught in the same areas with trevally, tailor and the odd legal snapper succumbing to the same sized softies. It’s certainly worth trying smaller 70mm soft vibes here to, they are a deadly alternative to soft plastics when the bite is a tough one.

Up at Mogareeka just north of Tathra the Bega River is still going well and has been for the last month. There’s still plenty of bream down the lower sections near the bridge for shore based anglers with blades, softies and fresh prawns all working at times. With this system still closed l can’t see any reason why this solid fishing will change in the short turn, if we have a deluge of rain it might but not at the minute. Over at Pambula the River section between the main basin and the entrance has seen plenty of trevally and salmon get caught. Most are being caught on stik-style plastics fished in the faster water with the draining tide best. A few visiting anglers have caught flathead mainly on striped tuna strips and bluebait at the estuary entrance with the run-out tide again the gun time to fish.

Offshore it’s slowed up a bit. There are still plenty of flatties to be caught but they have become a little patchy so moving around and trying different areas is the go to getting you’re bags. The waters further north are still fishing the best with depths of 45-48 meters off Bournda Island getting some attention this week. Further south of Long Point and Lennards Island some nice snapper and morwong continue to bite but they to have been a little sporadic so patience finding them is the key. Some of the better reds are falling to micro jigs in the 30-40 gram range with blue being a good colour to start with. For those after kings they have been slow, a lot slower than usual. I’ve heard a few boaties saying they have seen them on the surface but getting close to them to cast poppers or big stik baits has near been impossible with the fish sounding as soon as the boats get close to them. Hopefully the water temp will rise a few degrees, this just might be the trigger to get them to chew once again.

Off the beaches there’s a stack of sharks getting caught, mainly smaller bronzed whalers and hammerheads. I know one local who hooked 10 fish in a session with the main beach at Tura being the place to fish. He was using fresh salmon as bait and said a few of the bities were 6 foot long so decent animals and all were released also. Both North Tura, Tura and Haycock beaches are still holding salmon but its really depends on conditions to how active they are. As soon as there’s a decent wash the fish chew but when the white water is minimal they to have been tough. Casting an array of metal shiners will work when you locate them as will salted pilchards on a paternoster rig.


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