Report 28/6/18

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Report 28/6/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:11 pm

Our thanks to Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club for this week's report.

Well offshore local big game boats have basked amongst large schools of 50kg southern bluefin tuna with cubing keeping the action close and exciting. Larger fish shadow the schools deeper down. Hopefully these tuna will be on the scene during the Merimbula Broadbill and Southern Bluefin Tuna Tournament commencing on 6 July.

Last Wednesday 20 June Dr Heath Folpp, Manager, Fisheries Enhancement, from Coffs Harbour, gave members of the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club an update on the Merimbula Twin Towers Artificial Reef scheduled to be installed in August or early September. The reef modules have dimensions of 12 x 11 x 10 metres, each with a dry weight of 96 tonnes. They comprise four cylindrical steel tanks at each corner, steel vanes to induce current upwelling and pyramid shaped steel towers. These reef modules represent the latest in design to attract an array of pelagic top-water fish. The lattice-like steel upper part of the reef will provide structure and concentrate small baitfish, attracting predatory pelagics such as kingfish and possibly tuna. The purpose built design will also allow demersal species like snapper, morwong and gummys to shelter amongst the large base structure with its various shapes, crevasses and vertical profile. The modules are designed to resist a 100 year storm and will be assembled at Eden then towed into position some 1.6km south of the tip of Long Point in waters of 30-32m depth. They will be sunk into place 50-100metres apart by allowing the corner tanks to flood in a similar way as offshore oil platforms.

With the moon now full gummy sharks are very active, best technique is to anchor and burley beside the reef areas. Good size fish can be taken from Bithrys north of Tathra to Haycock off Merimbula. Ocean flathead remain plentiful along the sandy areas off the reef edges. A great spot is out from Bournda Island and White Rock near Tathra. Snapper remain about the reefs including some large schools of juvenile snapper. Anglers must watch the size limit of 30cm. Morwong seem to have gone quiet. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.

Early evening salmon are going great guns at Main Beach. Salmon are wolfing down baits including worms and pilchards and also silver spinners. Salmon are also plentiful at Haycock Beach as well as Aslings Beach at Eden. Best time is early morning or evening when the tide is up.

The estuaries are cooling and estuary fish seem to be quieting down. In Merimbula lake trevally, tailor & bream can be taken but patience is needed.

With the waters cooling slimey mackerel have deserted the Merimbula Fishing Platform. A few Salmon are about early with good returns of calamari squid making a trip worthwhile both morning and evening.

The Clubs next event is the 26th Merimbula Broadbill & 6th Southern Bluefin Tuna Tournament scheduled over two weekends 6-11 & 13-16 July. This event features braid line allowing daylight fishing of the deep canyons for Broadbill. This is a new technique pioneered in the USA and now being successfully utilized by local anglers.

The Club is open every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au.


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

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View of the two tower Artificial Reefs scheduled for Merimbula in August.

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