Report 20/7/18

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Report 20/7/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:11 pm

It’s been an extremely windy week along this part of the coast especially offshore, but for those anglers that braved the elements they have certainly been rewarded. The bottom fishing has been extremely good with flathead, snapper and heaps of morwong making up most anglers bags. The flatties are red hot at present though it does seem the size of fish has tapered off over the last week. A lot of the fish are just legal and upwards to 38cm with a few over that so you certainly need the measuring stick handy to make sure their legal fish. The better depths for consistency seems to be 40-45 meter mark with straight off Haycock Point attracting a lot of attention. The area off Tura Head with the same depth has been solid also so both areas are worth a look. If you’re after snapper then Lennards Island is the go, don’t just fish shallow here, depths of 48-52 meters has seen plenty of the action with a lot of morwong coming from the same spot. I’d expect this action to continue, but first we need the weather to help us out as Friday and Saturday looks wiped out. Sunday and beyond looks promising so it might be the time to go out. Offshore no-one has been for quite awhile now so when the weather picks up and anglers get to the tuna grounds we will let you know straight away.

Like usual the beaches are going great guns in the depths of Winter with Tura main, Haycock, Middle and North Tura all firing on certain days, Salmon are prolific with fish to 2 kilo the norm. Most techniques are working to with a bait/popper combination the go to method, though fishos casting a range of metal shiners from 20-50 gram depending on tackle used catching plenty also. There’s been a few bream up the northern end of North Tura near the island to, casting pipi or beachworms will work, use a little burley also to help things along.

In the estuaries everyone complains it’s too cold and yes it is weather wise but the fishing is excellent. All the local estuaries are firing up nicely with Bega River to the north of us again the stand-out. I know of several local gurus who are catching 5-6 species per session and upwards of 30 fish which is solid fishing in my books. The majority are bream with some hooters to 1.3 kilo, but trevally, flathead, whiting and big blackfish are the main species being caught. The key to getting these bags is to fish light leaders in the crystal clear cold water and slow you’re presentation down to a crawl. Using a mixture of soft plastics and blades in water depths of 4-8 meters of water is the go and use your sounder to locate schools close to the bottom. Remember to keep your offering in the strike zone longer and watch you’re catch rates soar. Both Merimbula and Pambula lakes continue to produce with the channels in both systems being good. Trevally, blackfish and tailor numbers have been good with soft plastics and smaller shiners around 15 grams working a treat.

In the main basins the water is a cold around 12 degrees but there’s some blackfish being caught on blades with a few edible sized flatties to. I know it sounds crazy that blackfish will take little pieces of metal but it’s definitely true especially when the water is at it’s coldest. If your after the pelagics there’s plenty of salmon towards the entrance of Pambula with tailor thick some mornings in the top lake at Merimbula. Look for the diving birds, they are a dead give away to where they are, cast a few metals and you should soon be in business.

Off the stones it’s been a little quieter with a few salmon around the wash zones of Short Point and Tura Head, Casting whole pilchards on ganged hooks has been effective as has metal shiners in the 40-50 gram bracket. Off the Merimbula wharf some nice squid have been captured on jigs with early mornings being the best time to target them.

Tight lines till next week

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