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Nicole Penfold
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Report 12/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 12, 2017 10:47 pm

With a first prize of $1,000 cash for the longest Snapper, plus many other prizes, the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club’s annual Snapper Classic will be run in just over two weeks with fishing permitted from 6.00am on Saturday morning 27 May to 3.00pm on Sunday 28 May. The briefing and final entries will be at the Spencer Park Clubhouse on Friday with doors open at 6.30pm. All are welcome to fish in this competition; locals, members and visitors alike! Entries at the briefing, at Tackle World Merimbula or over the web

Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms the observations of DPI fisheries officer Matt Proctor of Eden; that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock. The two stocks meet and mix around Eden in southern NSW. Mr Proctor considers local Snapper to be plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north that are of similar age. This means that our local Snapper are older weight-for-age and just like long lived Orange Ruffy, likely to be the best table fish. Matt’s preferred fishing technique is to anchor and burley in waters of 30-40m adjacent to reef structures, in the zone he terms the “Snapper Highway”. Matt’s advice is to fish dawn and dusk with evening fishing his preference. Because of the depth he fishes, tides are not important. Only during high tide should one try closer in. To hook the largest Snapper Matt prefers a “floating” bait (pilchards) – giving similar results as soft plastics, weighted with a small running sinker which allows a gentle drift to the right depth. Matt fishes close to the bottom when using a paternoster rig.
Catches of Snapper and Morwong from our local reefs including Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point continue. Returns are not helped by an influx of Pike. It is particularly pleasing to see a bathymetric survey in progress in preparation for sighting Merimbula’s Artificial Reef. Lots of Kingfish, Snapper and Mowong to come!

Ocean Flathead remain on the chew at the usual spots off Bithrys, White Rock, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Cut-offs due to patches of oceanic green toads still occur but appear to be lessening.

There are reports of large Kingfish from Mowarry Point, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Haycock, Long Point and Short Point, although not in large numbers. Good size (2kg) Salmon are plentiful about the Wharf, Long Point and Short Point together with some Bonito. Lots of fun spinning and trolling.
Good fish remain on the chew in our estuaries with water temperatures still OK. There are fine Dusky Flathead as well as Trevally, Tailor & Bream. Try Wallogot Lake for Snapper! Soft plastics or burley and pilchards are the way to go. Good sized Blue Swimmer crabs remain in the Merimbula and Pambula Lakes.

Ron & Gael
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