Report 29/7/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 29/7/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:39 am

Southern Right Whale Calves in Merimbula Bay

Surfs-up! Apart from the excitement of the big surf last Saturday, board surfers off Main Beach Merimbula took in their stride the presence of a large Southern Right Whale, hovering around for many hours in and near the surf zone off Merimbula heads. Undoubtedly this solitary whale was calving. Southern right whales can be found in very shallow water including estuaries and bays. They have even been known to swim into the surf zone, but are not known to strand.

Flathead remain our staple and good catches have been taken off Long Point and Tathra. Smaller fish seem common off Bournda Island. Snapper and Morwong remain about the reefs. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Best results come from anchoring and using a burley bomb in the current. We are experiencing a virtual plague of large Port Jackson Sharks and have reports of a Leopard Shark as well. At this time of the year the Port Jacksons have come into the reef areas to plant their spiral egg cases in a sheltered location. After laying their egg the Port Jackson Shark holds it in its mouth and can push it into a safe position. The screw shape helps hold it in place.

A few Kingfish have been sighted about early morning at the Merimbula Fishing Platform and local anglers are hoping for a repeat of last year’s bonanza. A few good sized Calamari Squid have also reported using light coloured No. 3 jigs. At the Tathra Wharf, Salmon and Snotty Nosed Trevally are reported.

Along the beaches northwards from Aslings at Eden to Tathra, Salmon are about early on and at dusk good size Tailor come on the chew. Look for the rips and channels. Silver spinners or gang hooked pilchards are the go. It is not unusual for larger fish to take a popper lure rigged above the pilchard with green-blue colours most productive. This is a useful rig when sand crabs are prolific.

The Club’s next event is scheduled for this coming Sunday 30 July. “Salmon Sunday” is a social event where all are welcome at the Clubhouse on Sunday afternoon for weigh in between 2.00 and 3.00pm followed by a BBQ and a winter afternoon social. Salmon must be caught off the beach but the angler can select where he or she fishes. Brag matt photos accepted for catch and release.

Cold temperatures have closed down most estuaries apart from Bream and Trevally as well as morning and evening Tailor on spinners. The Bega River remains open so warmer waters can be found on the run-in near the entrance as for the Merimbula front lake. This is the time for Trevally and Bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Wallagoot Lake is now closed and should see some large prawns come summer. At the Pambula River entrance now is a good time to troll and spin for Australian Salmon.

Ron & Gael
Tackle World Merimbula
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