Report 16/11/18

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Report 16/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:13 pm

The weekend's weather looks promising for the Merimbula region with light winds, so those angers venturing offshore look set to get great boating conditions. This couldn’t come at a better time with reports of good sized yellowfin tuna both offshore but a few 25-35 kilo fish have been spotted off Tathra wharf also. It’s been a long time since visual land based yellowfin have been seen but with the water quality pretty good in close anything is possible. The tuna out wide are from jellybeans of 10 kilo or so to barrels upwards of 70 kilo, great fish in anyone’s books. Most fish have fallen to trolled bibbed minnows and smaller skirted pushes up to 10 inches long, if you find the right water you’re in for a great chance at connecting. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a few striped marlin to, the bait is there, the temp is good, we just need a few more boats heading wide to cover the ground. There’s been albacore to with the odd good sized mako shark to 100 kilo. What’s interesting though there’s been a few smaller makos captured land based lately, one of Tathra wharf and one of the naval wharf at Eden. There fish have been 5 or so feet long so not big but still a great load of fun on the right tackle. Closer to shore the bottom fishing is OK not red hot but a feed is certainly available. There’s a few snapper down South off Lennard’s island, you do have to work for them but the fish are quality. The better depths seem to be 30-34 metres with a few mowies and trevally thrown in also. For those after a feed of flatties the shallower water seems best with depths of 24-28 metres the go. The leatherjackets have been a nuisance in the deeper water so maybe stick to the shallows with straight off Tura Beach a good place to start. Down south of Mowarry Point there’s been sporadic catches of kingfish mainly taken on live-bait and jigs. Those trolling with lead-lines have also caught a few with the average fish around that 7-8 kilo so solid models.

In the estuaries it’s really firing up with a host of species chewing. The local club had their annual Tri-estuary challenge on last weekend with outstanding results. The best flattie went mid 80cm, bream 38cm and whiting 43cm so some nice fish caught. I know of several crews that got in excess of 40 fish per day so extremely good fishing to be had. All the local systems are firing with Merimbula and Bega River to the north the stand-outs. Soft plastics are working a treat with surface presentations for whiting especially coming into their own with the warmer water and temperatures we are getting. I expect this top angling to only get better as we head further into the month and Summer in a few weeks time. With the prawns this next NEW moon should be very good with the prawns around that 4 inch size, you need to get a few for a decent feed but Wallagoot lake and the entrance to Bega River are the pick of places to try.

Off the rocks the Tathra wharf has been the pick with salmon, tailor and some good sized kingfish hooked but lost with a few smaller 6-7 foot whaler sharks also causing havoc. Most of the larger pelagics are falling to live baits fished under a bobby cork float 7 or 8 feet down. A lot of the salmon have fallen to whole pilchards on ganged hooks with a few on metals also. Over at Merimbula wharf its the same with some decent sized snapper and squid also making up anglers bags.

Off the beaches salmon have been excellent up at North Tura and down south off Nullica beach. Reports of a dozen or so fish in a session has been the norm with a few bream and whiting on beach worm or pipi on Merimbula main. I’d expect to see a few gummy sharks this full moon with slabs of fresh salmon or mullet as the preferred baits to use. Tura or North Tura the beaches to concentrate on.

Tight lines till next week.

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