Report 29/3/19

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Report 29/3/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:02 am

The last week offshore has been a little hit and miss for the game crews with some boats seeing plenty of action and other boats only kilometres away being very quiet. It really depends if you’re on the bait or not as to how much action you are seeing. The marlin that have been caught are mostly stripes though a few blacks over the 100 kilo have been captured also. The shelf is still the place to fish with the water anywhere between 22.5 and 24.5 degrees depending on the day, it’s changing quite quickly with the currents so having a good look at the SST charts before going out should be advantageous and hopefully get you better results. The majority of fish are coming off bait balls but a few crews are still getting the odd one on skirts and switching them to.

Closer to shore down South off Eden the kingfish have been OK with-out being red hot. Mowarry Point has seen fish to 12 kilo caught, mainly by anglers fishing live bait hard on the bottom. The kings might only bite for an hour or so, so being there when they do can be a little difficult at times, but if you concentrate around the tide changes that may just help a bit. There’s been reports on kings around South head to, a local fella came into the shop the other day and told me of a few brutes that he lost. This school was on the surface smashing slimy mackerel and were very hungry but didn't stay up top for long. He said the school was big and the fish around that 15 kilo mark so you just never don’t know when there going to turn up. Inshore the snapper and morwong population has kept anglers busy with most reefs holding fish though the leather-jackets are a nuisance at the minute. These line chewing breakers are frustrating to say the least but if you persist with them a good feed on snapper should happen. What have been good are the gummy sharks and flathead. There’s plenty of both around in shallower water of 22-28 meters and it seems the jackets are not as thick in close. Try straight of long Point but a little more SW on the gravel for these fine eating species.

Off the stones it’s all systems go and certainly some exciting times are ahead. At Tathra reports of NBT (northern blufin tuna) and yellowfin, yes yellowfin have been seen in close off the point and in solid numbers. The guys l’ve talked to that have fished the rocks and caught plenty of both species say it’s impressive to see these larger pelagics in close once again. It’s probably got to do with the water a warm 22-24 degrees with plenty of current and bait plentiful. Now none have been caught just seen but it’s only a matter of time before one of these torpedoes makes a mistake and someone lands one. In between seeing these bigger fish a few bonito, kings and plenty of frigate mackerel are keeping anglers busy. Down at Eden the main wharf in town is firing nicely also. There’s plenty of kings there to but they are only taking fresh squid strips and it needs to be fresh. These fish are smaller models around the 60-70cm size though larger fish have been seen down deeper. The main problem here is landing them as soon as they are hooked the pylons become the kings friend once again and cut most anglers off. If you’re lucky enough one will go the wrong way and you’re in business.

In the estuaries it too is going well with all the local systems firing at certain times depending on what you’re targeting. The lower sections of Merimbula towards Mitchies jetty is excellent for whiting. A few have been caught on pipi and worms though one visiting angler caught a dozen crackers on strips of filleted salted pilchards. Now l must admit l did raise my eyebrows a little but when l saw the photos l was pleasantly surprised, that just shows me anything can happen on the fishing front. Other species including flathead, bream and trevally are also being caught with bream numbers definitely on the increase over the past few days. Local gun Rob Wood caught 5 nice bream in 5 casts in a 15 minute bracket and left them biting so things are looking up on the bream front. Over at Pambula the lower sections towards the mouth have been excellent for flathead on the draining tide. Fishing the deeper edges around Severs beach has been good with mid sized soft plastics in the 70-80mm range doing a lot of the damage. Casting into the shallows and working your lure over the drop-off is the go with a few flats nudging 80cm so solid fish.
Off the sand the beach goers might find it a little tougher with the Neap tides we have at the moment. This will get better as the days continue but l would look at fishing the afternoons into the evenings with the majority of tides only up to 1.4 meters till the end of month. In saying this there’s still plenty of fish about but you just need to fish when the tides are right. If you’re after whiting then Merimbula main is the go, if the pelagic species are for you the Tura main has been a stand-out especially the northern end where there’s a cracking gutter close to shore.


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