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Report 2/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:34 am

Merimbula has experienced some exceptional Winter weather this past week with most days between the 17-20 degree mark though the early mornings are still quite cool with the clear skies. This has made anglers venturing for a fish that more keener and the results show.

In the estuaries the Bega River to the north of Tathra is still the place to go with the lower sections around the bridge excellent for bream both from the boat and land based. Reports of anglers catching 10-15 bream has been the norm with a mixture of soft plastics, blades and fresh Hawksbury prawns all doing the trick at times. This system is still closed and it seems the congregation of bream is in the deeper water each side of the bridge. Due to there being no flow bait fishos can fish lightly weighted baits around the pylons and get to the bottom easily in 6 meters of water. Some of the best bream have come from here with a few flathead up to 60cm and some thumping big trevally too. You do have to get stuck into them so they don’t brick you on the oyster covered pylons but that’s half the fun also.

I’ve heard of a jewie or two coming from here also so if a late night is for you it might be worth a look but rug up it will be cold. Closer to town the channels have slowed up a bit this week with the water a very cold 11 degrees. There’s still the odd trevally and bream but you do have to work for them. Those who have done OK have used very light line and the freshest of baits like prawns or striped tuna cubes. The top lake still has plenty of tailor to be caught with metal shiners still the go to method to catching them.

A little further south Wonboyn has seen some great yellowfin bream in the main basin in 5 meters of water, These fish have been schooling up but close to the bottom and have responded well to soft plastics and blades fished slow. This estuary is a mecca that doesn’t see to many anglers but if you’re heading up this way it’s certainly worth a look.

The ocean rocks and beaches are still producing a few salmon and tailor but it’s no where near as good as it’s been in previous weeks. We have had a lot of offshore winds lately making the beaches quite flat with little swell or white water to talk about. A few of the beaches like Tura main still have deeper gutters at the minute so this is where l’d be heading if having a beach fish. Local angler MOP has been getting some OK salmon here and lost a few smaller sharks when fishing after dark on the flooding tide. I expect the beaches to pick up again once we get more swell and it won’t be long before we see some whiting starting to get active again.

Offshore the flathead are still going great guns with the fish moving around from day to day so locating a patch and staying on them is the key to solid bags. Some days the 30 meter line is the go and others 45-50 meters, every day is a little different so be prepared to move around. The waters straight of Bournda Island has been good as have Tura Head. If you’re after a few snapper the southern reefs around Lennards Island is still fishing well. The reds are averaging a kilo or so but there’s been the odd better fish this week up to 3 kilo. You can expect plenty of morwong from these same grounds with a few leather jackets and pigfish to make up the bag. Further offshore it’s been quiet for those who have made the journey. Our SBT season is over l’d say, let’s look forward to the warmer water arriving later in the year.


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