Report 29/11/18

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Report 29/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:18 pm

Finally Merimbula and its surrounds have received some much needed rainfall, it’s definitely not enough but at least it’s a start. The wettish weather has kept most anglers indoors over the last few days but the upcoming week looks dry with little wind so ideal for fishing especially those going offshore. With this l expect to see more anglers venturing wide to target both yellowfin tuna and sharks. Before the blow there were still a few reports of yellowfin being caught, most of these fish were north of us off Tathra and Bermagui but if the currents are right they will certainly push further south. The size of the tuna were smaller with 25-30 kilo the norm, not like a few weeks back when 70 kilo fish were both caught and bigger fish lost with a smattering of 10-15 kilo in between them. These smaller models haven’t been seen but with more boats on the water this next 3 days hopefully this will change. I’d be fishing the shelf to the 2nd drop, yes it’s a long way out but you need to be where the fish are. Closer to shore the kingfish action seems to be better if you’re on land more than being in a boat. They are getting a few 8-10 kilo fish down at Mowarry Point but there’s certainly no consistency to them. The fish that have been caught are in patches and only chewing for very short periods of time, the key is to be there when they decide to have a go. This can be frustrating as well as time consuming waiting for the bite period but if you concentrate around the tide changes that may just help a bit. For those after a feed on the bottom then flathead are the go. There loaded at present with the 34-38 mtr line straight off Bournda Island being an excellent place to start.

Up at Tathra wharf it’s been an exciting place to fish the last few weeks. Kingfish is the word with numerous fish being hooked and only a few being landed. This is due to the size of the fish, the average one being landed is 10 kilo though many more bigger greenbacks upwards of 18-20 kilo have won their freedom. These brutes are almost impossible to stop, you need to have a lot of luck on your side, the proper gear and a mate or two to get to the waterline to help you nail the fish. These big kings have mostly been hooked on live yakkas, though a few have followed big poppers and sub surface walk-baits but to my knowledge none have been caught on hardware, all on bait. I suspect these fish to hang around for quite some time as the spear fishermen are seeing schools of 15-20 fish at a time with 25-28 kilo fish in every pack. All we need is for them to feed properly and it will be a mecca for those who are luck enough to be amongst it. Good luck.

In the estuaries this rain will help a little but in saying that it’s been pretty darn good anyway. All the local estuaries are firing nicely with Merimbula, Pambula and Wonboyn further south of Eden all good at times. Wonboyn especially has been good with the main basin in 4-5 meters over the gravel excellent for bream and flathead. The outer margins of the channels in the shallows has seen plenty of whiting and bream on nippers with the whiting just starting to show up with lure enthusiasts fishing top water getting amongst them. In the channels at Pambula the lower sections East of Shark hole has been good for flatties, trevally and bream on the draining tide. Fishing a mixture of bait and lures will get you results.

On the beaches it’s business as usual with bream and especially whiting starting to hit their straps. The main beach at Merimbula has been good during the early afternoon High tide, this should only get better as the tides head closer to late afternoons with pipi and beachworms the better baits to use. If you’re after salmon they have been a little quiet of late. There’s been a few down at Haycock beach and Tura main but you do have to work for them.


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