Report 28/3/18

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Report 28/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:46 pm

The last week has seen some exceptional fishing especially those anglers fishing the local estuaries. With the weather outlook looking perfect for the next 5 days l’d expect that to continue and even get better which is great to see. Both the Merimbula and Pambula Lake systems continue to fire with bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and tailor filling most angler’s bags. The fish have responded well to various techniques to, soft plastics, blades and bait have all done the trick at various times.

The top Lake at Merimbula continues to amaze me with the quality of fish that come from it being such a small piece of water. The place is loaded at present with water depths between 3-6 meters faring best for flathead. Casting a range of soft plastics or soft vibes in this depth along the weed fringed edges will see plenty of fish caught. Try slowing down your presentation here too, they have definitely responded better to this approach. It won’t only be flathead you catch either. You can expect a few bigger trevally, tailor and the odd better bream also. The lower section below the main bridge has seen bream to over a kilo, trevally and some thumping whiting coming from the sand-flats near Spencer Park. Try using fresh beach worms or pipi if targeting the whiting and fish the last two hours of the flooding tide. If fishing the channel, anchoring up and using burley with lightly weighted baits like striped tuna cubes or Hawkesbury prawns will see some quality fish for the pan.

A little further north up at Tathra the Bega River has come to life again after the recent bushfires. There have been great reports of bream and whiting upstream of Blackfellows lagoon with surface walkers and poppers catching plenty. The water is warm up here so this approach is the go especially with the NEW moon just around the corner. These same banks will produce both species on bait with live nippers and prawns the go to baits. Further downstream in the deeper sections from Thompson’s wall to the bridge has been excellent for big flathead and the occasional mulloway. I did hear of a CROC sized flattie that went 98cm come from here, and thankfully released also. Casting a range of larger soft plastics and vibes will work, with bait anglers using live poddy mullet catching a few also. You should be able to get plenty of poddy mullet for bait on the southern side of the bridge in the shallow water.

This next week will see the prawns going gang busters with Wallagoot Lake the pick to look at. Try the southern side of the lake as it’s shallower there with easy access available. You should be able to get a few kilos per outing with the prawns a good size. Don’t be surprised to see blue swimmer crabs at the same time, these tasty creatures have been around in numbers so getting a few for a feed shouldn’t be too hard.

Offshore the marlin bite continues with stripes being the most predominate. The fish this week are averaging 80 kilo or so with trolled skirts and switch-baiting after teasing them up both working well. A lot more of the beaks have come from the 70-fathom line, it seems there’s a stack more bait holding there and in turn the marlin. There’s still plenty of mahi mahi at the fad with meter long fish not uncommon. These under-rated fighters give you some stick and are excellent eating if looked after properly after catching them. Closer to shore the bottom fishing brigade are having mixed bags with snapper, mowies and flathead all chewing at certain times. The snapper in close remains the best option with micro jigging coming into its own in water depths of 30-40 meters. Try either Horseshoe, Turingal or Whitecliffs reefs for best results. If after the flatties, water depths of 45-50 meters has seen some solid bags caught this past week.

The ocean rocks have really picked up with the recent swell with salmon and tailor in good numbers. Both the main wharf and Tura head has seen plenty of the action with smaller shiners in 40-50 gram and larger surface walkers in the 120-150mm seeing plenty of action. Up at Tathra wharf it’s the same scenario, quality salmon are in great numbers with a few bonito thrown in to. It’s good to see the bonito as they have been a little late to turn up this season. Hopefully their numbers continue to increase so everyone can have some fun on them.

The beaches have picked up also for the pelagic species. Most beaches have decent gutters with Tura main and Haycock further south of Pambula the pick to fish. Casting a range of metal shiners will work as will a bait/popper combination rigged on a paternoster rig. If after a feed of whiting then Merimbula main in front of the airport is still the hot spot at present. Use a lightly weighted pipi or beach worm in the shallower gutters on light gelspun tackle for best results. A little berley won’t hurt here either.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
Tackle World Merimbula
47 Market St
Ph: 02 6495 1681
tackleworldmerimbula.com.au

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