Report 8/3/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 8/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:32 pm

The next few days looks pretty good on the weather front so those crews venturing offshore targeting marlin should be in for a good time. Those that have fished the past week have fared well with some boats getting 5 and 6 shots a day. The majority of marlin are stripes around the 70-100 kilo mark but there haves been reports of a few bigger blacks being tagged and lost as well. A variety of methods is working with trolled skirts and switch baiting being the most effective. A few crews are getting solid results on skip baits, mainly on striped tuna so it to might be worth a go. The majority of action has come from the shelf this week with the water fluctuating between 19-22 degrees. If you find the right patch of water with bait then multiple captures are certainly possible.

It’s not just marlin being caught with a few boats getting yellowfin tuna on the edges of the warmer/cooler thermocline. These tuna are solid fish with one boat getting two fish around the 60 kilo mark with plenty of other boats getting 30-40 kilo fish. It’s great to see a few yellowfin around and l can’ see why that will change anytime soon. Closer to shore the snapper have been excellent with the shallower reefs faring best. Anglers fishing in 20 meters of water and less using burley with lightly weighted pilchards are having a ball. The key to more consistent results is to fish light, you will loose a few but you will almost certainly get a lot more bites. A few of the snapper are 4 kilo and better so solid fish. The flattie grounds have slowed up a bit with a lot of smaller fish being caught. The bigger fish seem to be deeper with water depths of 50-60 meters being ideal.

In the estuaries it’s business as usual, both Merimbula and Pambula Lakes continue to shine. The channels in both systems are holding plenty of bream, flathead, blackfish and trevally. Anglers using a mixture of soft plastics and blades are doing extremely well with bait fishos using pipi and worms catching plenty also. The main basin in both lakes is good, fish the weed fringed margins in 3-6 meters of water for best results. You can expect quite a lot of tailor in the top lake at Merimbula to. There’s plenty of feeding fish in the mornings, look for the diving terns for the where-abouts. This week the prawns will be going strong with the NEW moon not far away. Look at Wallagoot Lake just north of Tura beach with the lower sections of Mogareeka or the Bega River as another spot to prawn but do so the draining tide.

The beaches are holding plenty of whiting still, Merimbula main the stand-out. Use pipi or beach worms for best results. You can expect a few bream to and if you’re after salmon then Middle, Tura and North Tura beaches would be the pick to fish. The local wharf in Merimbula Bay has been good for tailor on the afternoon changing tide. Casting whole pilchards on ganged hooks or metal shiners will work. There’s been some great blackfish come from this same platform with weed flies catching plenty of them.

Tight lines till next week.

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Happy Fishing!

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
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