Report 22/2/18

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Report 22/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:30 am

The estuaries have fired up nicely over the past week with both Pambula and Bega River being the pick of them. Both systems have fished well towards the entrances with the last half of the draining tide being peak times. Anglers using a range of soft plastics and bait have seen plenty of flathead to 70cm caught with the odd bigger girl winning her freedom also. There’s plenty of eating sized models from legal to 55cm so getting a feed shouldn’t be to difficult. Mixed in with the flatties some solid trevally, bream and flounder have been captured also. Better baits have been pipi, beach worms and striped tuna cubes especially for the bream. Those casting metal shiners have been getting amongst the tailor though you may have to wait awhile till a school comes through. There’s been the odd capture of mulloway coming from Bega River mainly by anglers using fresh squid baits at night so it to may be worth a look.

Fishos after bass are getting their fix with the upper reaches of Bega and Kiah Rivers holding plenty of fish. Smaller surface presentations like soft shell cicadas and jitterbugs have worked a treat with a few coming on hard bodies when the sun is up. If your after some prawns they have been good in Wallagoot though l do suspect they will slow this week with the moon rising. Give it another two weeks and it will be excellent again.

Offshore the snapper were red hot last weekend with some crews getting 20 plus fish for the session. A lot were caught on bait, but quite a few more fell to micro jigging with light tackle which is a great way to target them especially bigger fish. The majority of fish were south off Pambula with Haycock a good place to start. I’d expect this week to be just as good with the decent swell we’ve experienced this last week, snapper don’t mind some rough stuff especially in close so it’s certainly worth a look.

The flatties have slowed up considerably but that will change over the coming days with the forecast looking OK, not perfect but fishable. The fish that were caught come from deeper water so look at water depths of 45-50 meters with a mixture of sand and tiger flathead making up the bag.

Further offshore the marlin action has slowed down due east of us but the fish are playing the game just north of us up at Bermagui. They will be here in days so if the weather gods do the right thing expect the beakie action to hot up. Trolling a mixture of skirts will work though skip baiting and switch baiting will see a better hook up ratio encountered. If marlin aren’t for you then there’s been the odd smaller yellowfin tuna caught with 25-30 kilo the normal size. Most of these speedsters are falling to trolled skirts targeting more for marlin, so if a little more time was put in using some smaller 8 inch models and deeper trolled minnows a few more yellowfin may be caught.

The ocean rocks have been a hit and miss proposition, one day its good the next it’s like a desert. You just have to be there when the pelagic schools come through. When it does happen it’s in short bursts with salmon, tailor, frigate mackerel and smaller kingfish the main species caught. When the swell drops more we might just see some bigger and better pelagic action of the stones.

On the beaches salmon have been good with the tides getting better as we head into the weekend. This should see plenty of action with North Tura and Merimbula main the two better beaches at present. If you’re after bigger prey there’s been quite a few smaller hammerhead and whaler sharks come from both beaches also. There not big 4-6 foot but still a lot of fun with night time using fresh baits definitely the better time to target one.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
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