Report 29/1/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 29/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:19 am

The last week has seen some more stable weather which has helped offshore anglers especially those venturing wide targeting marlin. With the calmer seas more boats have been active and the beaks have certainly played the game. Between Merimbula and Eden has been the go with water temperatures hovering anywhere from 22-24 degrees, with striped marlin being the predominant species caught. The fish are averaging 80 kilo with the odd better fish to 110 kilo, solid enough models on the right tackle with the 70-fathom line a good place to start. Trolling skirts has been successful but crews switch-baiting with live slimy mackeral have certainly been getting more fish to the tag pole. If your lucky enough to find a bait ball then getting several stripes in quick time is very much a possibility. What is interesting is the other pelagic species being caught which includes a 24 kilo wahoo in the last few days. Yes it’s a long way south of where it should live, but it just shows how good of quality the water is off Merimbula at present. Looking at the charts it won’t change any day soon which is awesome for those venturing out for a marlin.

In the estuaries its business as usual with some very big flathead coming from the top lake in Merimbula. Weve heard of several Croc sized flatties over the 85cm mark this week, all caught on larger soft plastics fished quite slow in the deeper water around 7-8 meters. These bigger fish have been released which is great to see, you will catch plenty for a feed with ample 40-50cm size fish chewing. The channels continue to produce trevally, bream and flatties with striped tuna being the gun bait. If whiting are for you the flats fished on a flooding tide with beach worms, nippers and walk baits should get you a fish or two. Up at Bega River the upper sections have been excellent for EP’s and bass with hard bods and surface cicada imitations catching plenty especially later in the day. This action will continue and should only get better as we head towards the full moon next week.

The big swell we had last week has certainly fired the salmon up with most beaches holding some solid fish. Both metal shiners and paternoster rigs have worked with salted pilchards and poppers accounting for a lot of the fish. Better beaches have been Tura and North Tura with the northern end of Tathra beach also worth a look. Anglers are still getting plenty of whiting and some cracking yellowfin bream. Beach worms have been the best bait with striped tuna cubes also dynamite for bream. This coming week both mulloway and gummy sharks are possible with the full moon to, North Tura definitely the beach to fish.

The prawning was excellent this past week but will slow down for another ten days or so but will pick up again after that time. Wallagoot was the place to prawn with the lower reaches of the Bega River just past Tathra also producing plenty.

Happy Fishing!

Many thanks,
Ron & Gael
Tackle World Merimbula
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