Report 17/8/18

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Report 17/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:24 pm

It’s been a pretty windy week along this part of the coast with tommorow looking OK but the weekend looks bleak with strong SW winds forecast. This won’t help anglers fishing offshore for the larger pelagic species but if fishing inshore for the bread and butter species you might get a few hours in early before the wind really gets up. The past week has seen flathead continue to play the game in close with the 35-40 meter line the go. There’s been less flathead about in numbers but the size of fish has increased with the majority being caught over 38cm which are great eating sized fish. The areas north of Merimbula have again been the place to fish with Bournda Island and Tura head due east being the better areas to go. There have been a few reports that Disaster Bay near Wonboyn south of Eden has been good to with bags reached inside a few hours on most trips. It’s a bit of a run down there but if the fishing is that good it might just be worth a look. On the reefs there’s still a few snapper and morwong to keep anglers interested. Both Long Point and Lennards have been OK but you do have to work for them at the minute but when you come across a patch you will get fish. There’s still been a few nice sized gummy sharks coming from Lennards as well with the average fish around that 6 kilo mark. These are ideal size for eating with fresh squid and pilchards the preferred baits to use.

On the beaches it’s slowed up a bit with the calmer seas that these Westerlie winds bring but in saying that there’s still a few salmon and tailor about. The usual haunts like Haycock, Middle and Tura beaches have all held fish this week with metal shiners in the 30-40 gram fishing better than bait at the minute. This quite often happens when the beaches are void of white water, casting metals fishes better than traditional bait methods. As soon as the swell picks up l expect the beaches to fire up nicely as there’s some great looking gutters present at the minute especially on Tura main. We should also see more whiting over coming weeks as they start to enter the estuaries once again with Merimbula main and the northern end of Tathra Min near the entrance to the Bega River both good places to look at.

In the estuaries the cold water pelagics like salmon, tailor and trevally have made the channels in both Merimbula and Pambula lakes home once agin. Both systems are quite good in these lower sections towards the estuary entrances. The flooding tide seems best especially for salmon as they enter from the local beaches. The sambos are not thick but there’s definetely enough to have some fun with soft plastics catching the majority of fish. You can use these from a boat or shore based and if you locate a patch as some anglers have done recently you can catch 15-20 fish in a session which is certainly nice fishing in my books. Those after bream are better off going up to Bega River or Mogareeka as there’s still been some nice black bream down the front off the system. They are not as good as they were, but still some quality fish to be caught for sure.

The main wharf in Merimbula Bay has seen plenty of squid caught with the early mornings on a dropping tide best, There not big squid with the majority of hoods in the 26-28cm size but still great on the plate. There’s been the odd salmon and tailor come from the same platform with whole pilchards on ganged hooks being perfect. For the kids there’s been ample slimy mackeral and garfish caught on prawns and a float, and l have heard whispers of a few rather large kingfish under these schools of baitfish though none have been caught of late.


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