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Nicole Penfold
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Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:32 pm

The next few days weather wise looks awesome for those crews venturing offshore with not much wind forecasted until early next week. That’s great news with anglers fishing the reefs in for a great time. Snapper is the word over recent days with multiple fish being caught on most boats. The reds are fairly concentrated in small areas so you may have to move around a bit to locate a feeding school. Some boats have done well in close off Long Point but the majority of better fish have come further south off Horseshoe reef. This is an extensive bit of reef so having a look around with the sounder might be beneficial in the long run. The reds are responding well to fresh baits like squid, pilchards and striped tuna cubes though many of the better fish are falling victim to micro jigging with 30-40 gram jigs. This is a very exciting way to target snapper though it certainly isn’t for everyone. The better times seem to be around tide changes so it may be worthwhile looking at this, if you can coincide that with an early morning then all the better. Mixed in with the reds you can expect morwong, pigfish and the odd smaller kingfish especially if using squid as bait.

Further offshore it has slowed up somewhat but to be fair the weather hasn’t really been perfect. Those who have ventured wide are still getting the odd striped marlin to 100 kilo with trolled skirts getting the majority of fish. There’s still been plenty of dolphin fish at the Fad with the odd yellowfin tuna to 20 kilo coming from the same grounds. Looking at the charts l wouldn’t be surprised to see plenty of marlin action over the coming days with our northern cousins at Bermagui seeing plenty of action. That same water is pushing south with heaps of bait so only time will tell.

In the estuaries the three systems of Bega River, Merimbula and Pambula Lakes are all still fishing well with bream, flathead, whiting, blackfish and trevally making up most anglers bags. The lower sections of all systems are fishing best after the rains from last week with Bega being a stand-out. Some of the bream and flathead coming from around the bridge are quality fish with both bait and lure enthusiasts catching plenty. The channels in both Merimbula and Pambula have been excellent for trevally, whiting and flathead and l can’t see that changing anytime soon. Those after bass are getting a few on top water up at Brogo dam. They're not thick but still a lot of fun with a few of the bass nudging 42cm which are quality fish for
this dam. We need a few more really hot days then watch this place really fire up.

On the beaches it’s very good for salmon with the increased swell we’ve experienced over the past week. A paternoster rig with a bait/popper combination is the go with Haycock, Tura main and North Tura the pick to fish. You should see a lot more bream in the rockier corners especially North Tura, there’s some decent sized holes in the corners of the beach there so definitely worth a look. The better baits are pipi and beach worms with a little berley to help things along.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
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