Report 12/1/18

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Report 12/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:20 pm

Anglers fishing offshore are in for a cracking time especially those after the pelagic species. Marlin numbers have increased over recent days with multiple captures occurring for some crews. Some boats are getting 5 and 6 fish per day mainly on bait balls pitching live baits to them with striped marlin the predominant species caught. The 70 fathom line to the shelf is the go for the stripes but I’d expect a few black marlin in closer to the 40 fathom line over the next weeks. There’s plenty of bait in close so certainly worth a look. Those after a feed of sand flathead will have no problems with plenty of fish in 30-35 meters of water. There's still the odd gummy shark with the reefs holding a few snapper and morwong but they have been a little harder to entice over the last week.

In the estuaries big flathead to 90cm have been caught with Bega River and Merimbula Lake the place to fish. Anglers fishing larger soft plastics in fish or prawn patterns have fared best, with natural colours the go. It makes sense that prawn imitations are working with the Dark of the moon in a few days time. It’s a great time of year to chase a feed of prawns, if you haven’t got the gear pop into the shop and we will sort you out. Look at Merimbula, Bega River or Wallagoot Lake for the prawns, a scoop net and light is all you require. The channels below the main bridge in Merimbula continue to produce with trevally, bream, whiting and flathead all chewing at times. Both bait and lure anglers are getting plenty with the flooding tide best at present. If your after a bass then Brogo Dam just north of Bega is very good with plenty of fish being taken on surface presentations and bibbed minnows. These feisty critters are great sport that all the family can enjoy.

On the beaches the whiting fisging is exceptional with Merimbula main the pick of the beaches. Beach worms and pipi the best baits with a lightly weighted running sinker rig the best way to target them. There's still a few salmon around but they have been hard, those catching them fishing early mornings with a flooding tide with a bait/popper paternoster rig the go. Look at either Tura or North Tura beaches, they both have decent gutters at present and worth a look.

The rocks have been OK for salmon, bonito and smaller kings with Tura Head and Tathra Head the better ledges to fish. Casting a range of mid sized shiners or pilchards on ganged hooks will work with poppers the go to method for a bigger kingfish. Live bait will work to though a little more effort is required.

Ron & Gael
Tackle World Merimbula
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fishing@tackleworldmerimbula.com.au

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