Report 24/5/18

Tackle World Merimbula
47 Market St
Merimbula, NSW 2548
Ph: 02 6495 1681
www.tackleworldmerimbula.com.au
Post Reply
Nicole Penfold
Admin
Posts: 2667
Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:08 pm
Contact:

Report 24/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu May 24, 2018 3:13 pm

It’s been a great week on the fishing front and going by this week’s weather forecast it all looks very promising for the next 7 days. Those venturing offshore after a feed of bottom fish are in luck with multiple species chewing at present. Snapper, morwong sand and tiger flathead plus some decent sized gummy sharks have all played the game this week and l can’t see why that will change anytime soon. Last weekend the local club had their annual snapper comp and it was a massive success with just about everyone getting amongst the snapper. The reds were not huge with the best around 3.3 kilo but there were plenty of fish to be caught with ample around that 2 kilo size. I know of one boat getting 17 legal snapper for the session which is solid fishing, throw in a few flatties and a gummy or two and it’s nothing short of exceptional. The fish were spread out but the better areas seem to be down south off Haycock Point in 25-30 meters. Other reefs that fished well included Long Point, Turingal and a few fish close in off Tura Head. All these areas should still fish well this week with Lennard’s Island another spot worth a look.

Further south off Eden the kingfish have become a little sporadic of late. There still getting the odd king to 12 kilo but they are hard work. A few boats have seen them on the surface but trying to entice them to eat something has been difficult. The only thing you can do is persist and hopefully one makes a mistake. Further offshore the water has cooled considerably with 18-19 degrees the norm now. It’s not all bad news though with a few yellowfin tuna and albacore getting caught wide of Bermagui over the weekend. These fish should push south and with the perfect weather window opening l’d expect to see some proper tuna get caught this next few days. The best we’ve heard off is 59 kilo, not huge but there were plenty of fish seen on the surface so all looks good for the game fishing fraternity.

Inshore the beach goers are having loads of fun on salmon and tailor with the beaches north of Merimbula fishing extremely well. We had a local fella come in store this morning with a glowing report off Tura beach which comprised of 22 salmon and 3 big tailor in a few hours so exceptional fishing in my books. The salmon averaged a kilo or so but on the right tackle still a stack of fun. A few different techniques are working with a paternoster rig, rigged with a bait/popper combination with half salted pilchards the gun bait to use. Casting a range of smaller metal shiners up to 30 gram has also been good on these mid-sized fish and if a thumper comes along you’re in for some serious fun. If you’re after some bigger prey then the tides and moon are aligning nicely from Friday till next Tuesday for a gummy shark or mulloway. Both these species have been around and with May being a great month to target both it’s certainly worth a look. I’d be fishing either Middle beach or North Tura with fresh slab baits or big bunches of live beach worms which jewies find hard to resist.

Off the stones the action is mixed depending on what you’re targeting. The bread and butter species like drummer and blackfish have come into their own over recent days with the water temperature dropping and solid wash available on most headlands. Using a float with cabbage weed or fresh prawns will catch you a feed, use a little burley here but not too much. You can expect a few bream and trevally on the prawns also with Short Point the pick of the headlands to fish. There’s still plenty of pelagic action happening off Tura head, mainly salmon and the odd smaller kingfish but a lot depends on conditions to the results you are getting. Both lures and ganged pilchards have produced results though the bait guys do seem to have the edge at present.

In the estuaries Pambula Lake has really fired up this week. The main basin has seen plenty of the action with one local coming into the shop yesterday grinning from ear to ear with what he caught. He got a mixed bag of no less than 9 legal species for the day which is pretty remarkable considering he caught them on a mixture of bait and soft plastics. Bream, whiting, blackfish, salmon, tailor, flounder, trevally, flathead and mullet made up his bag with a few of the bream nudging the kilo mark. The key was to fish very light leaders in the crystal clear water and fish light jig heads and sinkers. Casting towards the ribbon weed edges in the basin in 3-4 meters of water with a little burley was all that was required. With fishing like that it’s time to wet a line.

Up at Tathra the Bega River is still closed but rising slightly over the week. The deeper walls off Thompsons are seeing a few bream and estuary perch falling to soft plastics hopped down the walls. It’s not uncommon to get 8-12 fish a session doing this though it may take you a little time to find the fish. Having a little patience here will reap you rewards with some quality fish.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

Tackle World Merimbula
47 Market St
Ph: 02 6495 1681
tackleworldmerimbula.com.au

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests