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Nicole Penfold
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Report 2/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:11 am

It’s been a windy week weather wise with the continual Nor Easters and humid weather but for those venturing for a fish it’s been excellent. The estuaries are really firing up with bream, whiting, flounder, flathead and trevally all succumbing to a range of baits and lures. Anglers using both soft plastics and surface walk baits in Merimbula Lake are having a stack of fun with the channels and sandflats upstream of the main bridge in town holding plenty of fish. Late afternoons on the flooding tide has seen impressive results with quite a few bream nudging the kilo mark which are solid models for here. A few of the whiting are elbow slappers to with fish to 42cm on the cards so it’s certainly worth a look. Up at Tathra the Bega River is still fishing well despite the flogging it’s copped with the upper reaches the place to fish. Again the shallows is firing with bream and whiting in great numbers. Anglers using live nippers and worms have fared best but the estuary sports fishing fraternity are getting amongst them also.

Game fishing offshore has been excellent when the weathers allowed with the marlin action the best seen so far this season. Multiple captures are occurring regularly with some crews getting 6 or 7 shots a day and sometimes more. Most fish are falling to trolled skirted pushers with skip baits also producing. The 40 fathom line should see a few smaller black marlin caught this next week or so as the temperature in closer hovers around 23 degrees with cobalt blue water.pushing down the coast It’s exciting news for the smaller boats that they to can get amongst the marlin action. With the warm water at the shelf other pelagics like dolphin fish, mid-size yellowfin tuna to 40 kilo plus the odd short billed spearfish are all on the cards. Closer to shore the sand flathead are thick with water depths between 35-40 meters being ideal. Most crews are getting their bags with a few mowies and snapper thrown in also.

The beaches have really fired up with a lot of salmon off Tura and North Tura beaches. Anglers using a variety of different methods are catching plenty though casting 40-50 gram metal shiners has been dynamite. I know of several groups through the shop that have got 10-20 salmon in a session with the odd big tailor also so a lot of fun to be had. This action will continue as long as we have some swell and l wouldn’t be surprised to see the odd gummy shark coming from the same areas. Use larger baits into the night on a flooding tide for your best chance at a gummy or two.
The rocks have seen little action this week with the windy conditions but by the weekend it looks promising so casting a few metal shiners for salmon, bonito and the odd kingfish is worth a go. Look at Tura Head or the main wharf in Merimbula Bay for your best chances for the pelagic species. There’s been quite a few squid also captured on jigs though the majority are quite small with hood sizes of 24-30cm on most squid, still a lot of fun and a great feed to be had.

Ron & Gael
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