Report 23/3/18

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Report 23/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:25 pm

It’s been a pretty tough time along this part of the coast with our friends just up the road at Tathra copping plenty with the bushfires. We all sincerely hope that everyone involved is OK and hope their lives can get back to some sort of normality over the coming weeks. It will be tough but these southern communities stick by each other and l know in time this gorgeous place will once again be back to its brilliant best.

The fishing this past week offshore has been tough with very windy conditions and lumpy seas though a few hard core boaties have ventured wide chasing marlin. The trips have been worthwhile to with a few crews tagging 2 or 3 fish which is excellent going in the rough conditions that we’ve experienced. The majority of fish this week succumbed to trolled skirted lures in the 12-16 inch bracket and mostly striped marlin. I did hear of a black marlin well over 200kg lost after a 3 hour battle, better luck to that crew next time. The majority of action is from the 70-fathom line to the shelf with the water temperature around 20 degrees but that is fluctuating from day to day. The weather looks a bit dicey for the next 4 or 5 days so we will see what transpires over this time and hopefully some boats can get wide and get amongst them.

Closer to shore the bottom fishing has been OK without being red hot. Some anglers have done well when conditions have suited and others have missed out. It depends on what you’re targeting but the shallow water snapper action is still the go this week. A few locals have nailed reds to 4 kilo, the key being very fresh bait fished on light line with burley. I’d be concentrating in water depths of 10-15 meters and look for those gutters close to bommies with white water for best results. Those after a feed of flatties will have to work for them as we’ve experienced some cool water in close lately. Anglers fishing deeper in 50-60 meters seem to be doing better but the leatherjackets have been a nuisance. If they start to become a problem biting your rigs off try using black swivels instead of brass, this can sometimes help big time and save you some time and dollars also.

In the estuaries its pretty much Merimbula and Pambula Lakes this week with Bega River just north of Tathra off limits with the fires. It will probably be another week before we see any reports from Bega River, there will be a lot of debris coming down the system also so wise to leave it alone. But all is not lost with the other two lakes fishing extremely well for flatties, bream, blackfish and tailor. The lower sections have been excellent in the fast water fishing the channels for all the above species. Casting smaller stik-style soft plastics with 3-4 gram heads has seen plenty of fish caught with captures of 15 plus fish in a session the norm. Fishing the draining or run-out tide is the go, if you can coincide this with an early morning then all the better. If bait fishing try using fresh striped tuna cubes or mullet strips, both baits have been working a treat. The top lake at Merimbula is still firing nicely. Some solid flatties to 75cm are coming from the edges of the ribbon weed in 3-5 meters of water. Casting a range of mid-sized softies has worked as has soft vibes around 10 gram. The flatties are responding better to a slower presentation with the water being cool, a methodical lift/drop with your lures is all that’s needed. You can also expect some decent trevally when doing this with anglers after tailor in for a good time as the lake is full of them. The birds on the Western side of the lake give them away, cast smaller metal shiners up to 30 gram and have some fun.

With the onshore winds there’s been a lot more swell this week. This has helped big time for salmon with most beaches holding plenty of fish. Both Tura and North Tura have been the pick, both have decent gutters at present and later this week and into the weekend the tides are perfect for a morning or evening fish. Anglers using a mixture of bait and poppers on a paternoster rig have fared best, though there’s still plenty of fish for those who enjoy casting metal shiners. The bread and butter species like bream have been good, the whiting a little slower with the coolish water but that should pick up once the temperature rises again.

For the rock-hoppers the main wharf has been very good for salmon and tailor especially. A few local gurus have been catching plenty of both with metal shiners and shallow running deep divers the go to method. We should see some bonito turn up with the chance at kings to, they have been slow but there getting quite a few fish north of us so hopefully they make their presence felt on our door step soon.


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Ph: 02 6495 1681
tackleworldmerimbula.com.au

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