Report 7/3/19

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Report 7/3/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:34 am

Well it’s been a pretty windy last few days with a decent swell running but the outlook for the next 4 days looks nothing short of exceptional. This is great news for the game fishing crews and l expect it to be a very busy weekend on the water with the Victorian long weekend on. Both local and visiting anglers targeting marlin are in for some fun with plenty of beaks about. There’s been more action this past week due East of Merimbula but further south off Eden has still be firing well. We had a few crews in yesterday that couldn’t get out, one boat went 6-4-1 another 6-4-3 on Tuesday with the majority of fish stripes and on bait balls. There were plenty of other fish seen so all looks good for the coming days.

At the FAD there’s plenty of dolphin fish about with a few crackers around 8-9 kilo, still not huge but solid fish. There’s reports of yellowfin tuna to though the fish are scattered and in the 15-25 kilo bracket. Most of this by-catch as to speak has come from crews trolling a mixture of skirts. What is interesting though is the very hot water further north of us, it’s a staggering 26 degrees off Sydney and heading south fast with 4 knots of current. Hopefully this hot water will push out, if it gets here it might just slow the striped marlin bite considerably. What it could do though is we might see an influx of smaller black marlin in close which would be good for the trailer-boat crew. When the water in close gets hot we usually see this happen. But going by the temp charts today the eddie due East of Merimbula looks excellent and will hold plenty of fish.

Closer to shore the flatties remain positive with the 32-36 mtr line again the gun depth to target. If you head any further out the leather jackets become a pain so stick in a little closer. Both Bournda Island and Tura Head due East is the go though plenty of fish are coming from the grounds near where the new artificial reef is. If you’re after snapper then Haycock Point, Hunter reef and Lennard’s Island to the south are all good at times especially around the tide changes, they seem to be chewing better then. As for the kingfish it’s a broken record, they are there but not interested. Once they decide to play rest assured l will let you know how and where there chewing.

The beaches remain excellent for whiting with Merimbula main still the pick of them. Using lighter outfits with pipi or beachworms has been productive. The tides over the next 3-4 days are not that great for the beaches but you will still get a feed if you put the effort in. What is firing on all cylinders though is the rocks and wharves. Both Tathra and Merimbula have seen frigate mackerel, bonito, big salmon and smaller kingfish with plenty of fish being caught. Most have fallen to smaller metal shiners anywhere from 10-15 gram for frigates to 60 gram for the larger pelagics. Casting a few poppers early in the morning might stir a decent kingfish up. There’s still been a few cruisers under the smaller fish and with the low tide early morning and late afternoon this might just be enough to entice a strike. Squid have been active at night on both wharves and l know of several decent sharks coming from Tathra especially.

In the estuaries it’s business as usual. The lower sections in the channels remain active with bream, whiting, flathead and trevally all playing the game at times. Both bait and lure casters have caught fish with the section on the Eastern side of the Merimbula bridge being very popular. I can’t see why this will change in the short time and with the moon the way it is it should be pretty good fishing over the coming days. The top lake has been OK for flatties, they have slowed up a bit but using soft vibes has accounted for a lot of the fish. These lures are deadly when fished correctly and quite often the only way to get a decent bag up during a session. Those anglers after top water action are heading to Bega River. Fishing upstream of Blackfellows lagoon past the islands has been good. You will catch plenty of bream and whiting and don’t be surprised to see a few decent flatties hit the surface walkers. Bass and Estuary Perch have been good further upstream also.

Bass, estuary perch and flatties are all possibles out of the Bega River as these local gurus have founded out recently, great fish lads.

Tight lines til next week.

Tackle World Merimbula
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