Report 31/5/18

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Report 31/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:43 pm

The last week offshore has seen some terrific weather about thus making the journey to the wide grounds that much more pleasurable. With quite a few boats about some solid yellowfin tuna have been caught but certainly not in any numbers and you do definitely have to work for them. The best yellowfin over the last 5 days went 82 odd kilo and a great capture but there was a lot of water between them. I know of several other fish around the 60 kilo mark plus a handful of smaller models between 25-30 kilo and a few albacore. Interestingly most fish have fallen to trolled skirted lures with the odd fish on cubes so it pays to have both options covered if heading out wide. I still expect to see a few more jumbos caught before the season ends plus the chance at SBT over the coming weeks. Most of the fish captured were wide of the shelf with the bigger tuna mentioned coming from the 1000 fathom line. If the tuna are quiet for you then there’s been a few big mako sharks about. Several fish in the 150 plus kilo bracket have been hooked and seen but lost but it’s only a matter of time before a 200 kilo model hits someone’s boat deck. Closer to shore the flathead fishing in 40-45 meters has been excellent with most crews getting their bags or close to inside a few hours. Down south of the sticks has been consistent as has due East off Tura head which is the hot spot at the minute. There’s a good mixture of sand and tiger flatties with the local leatherjacket population keeping to themselves making life a little easier for those fishing the bottom. If you’re after snapper they to have been good with most reefs holding a few fish. The southern reefs have been the pick with sizeable gummy sharks also getting amongst the action. These fine eating fish are solid models to with the odd one nudging 12 kilo so decent fish in my books.

In the estuaries it’s business as usual with the Bega River, both Merimbula and Pambula lakes plus Wonboyn to the south all fishing well. The lower sections in the channels are loaded with trevally with bream, blackfish and the odd flathead all chewing at times. The mouths of both Merimbula and Pambula have seen good schools of salmon and tailor on the flooding tide. Quite often these schools are venturing right into the main basins and causing havoc for the local whitebait population. Some anglers are having loads of fun catching them on both soft plastics and metal shiners up to 30 gram with a few of the salmon upwards of 55cm so solid fish. I’d expect this action to continue especially with winter just around the corner and really it should only get better. For those after the eating species and not so much the sport anchoring up using a little burley with fresh prawns or striped tuna in the channels will see you catch plenty. You may have to fish lighter tackle in the crystal clear water but you should catch plenty more fish to.

The rock fishing fraternity are happy with themselves as the stones have fired up nicely for drummer and blackfish. Both species are getting caught in good numbers with cabbage and crabs the better baits to use. Both Long Point, Short Point and Tura head have fished well with the odd bream thrown in to. If you’re after the pelagics then salmon are for you and they to have been good with whole pilchards on ganged hooks and sub surface minnows also getting results. The main wharf in Merimbula Bay has plenty of salmon at times with anglers getting a fare few squid on jigs to. If after squid early mornings is the go, yes it’s cool but you will get some nice eating sized calamari.

Off the beaches it’s slowed up a little over recent days with the calm conditions and lack of swell but that will change this next 4 or 5 days as the weather and wind are picking up and with that the swell to. I’d be looking at Tura main, North Tura or Haycock down south of Pambula if targeting salmon and tailor. If chasing a bream or two then Merimbula main and the northern end of Tathra beach at the mouth of the Bega River might be worth a look. Every winter some thumping yellowfin bream get caught here especially when the estuary is closed and that’s the exact conditions we have at present.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

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