MERIMBULA FISHING REPORT 14-12-2018
MERIMBULA FISHING REPORT 14-12-2018
The weather outlook for the next few days isn’t great with torrential rain forecast for tomorrow with in excess of 100mm predicted in the Merimbula area. Now that’s a fair bit and with strong NE winds with it l suspect not a lot of angling to be done till Sunday at the earliest. It might be a bugger in the short term, but long term this rain event is needed especially for the estuaries with a decent flush almost guaranteed. In saying that the latest fishing has been excellent even with the crystal clear water, the Bega River and Merimbula Lake have both fired this week with flathead, whiting, blackfish and bream all succumbing to a mixture of lures and fresh baits. Up at Bega the lower sections towards the bridge have seen some very big flathead caught by a number of anglers. The best l’ve heard of going 91cm which is a CROC and released which is great to see. There’s been plenty of bream to be caught to and with the weather event coming try fishing around the mouth entrance with fresh prawns, you should be able to catch a good feed. Further upstream the rock-walls at Thompson’s has seen EP’s, bream and the odd mulloway, most species caught on lures with mid sized softies in naturals colours being best. At Merimbula the top lake continues to produce solid flathead, trevally, legal sized snapper and tailor with local gun ‘Jimmy Downes” catching and releasing a cracking 48cm EP on Sunday. You don’t here of many Estuary Perch caught in Merimbula and this old girl was certainly a welcome catch and definitely a release proposition, good stuff Jimbob. With this rain l expect the water to get pretty dirty in 3-4 days time, don’t let this deter you, the fish will still be there, the fresh water will sit on top of the salt water so what your fishing down deep is business as usual just not the clear water you will be used to. It’s good to fish fresh striped tuna strips or mackerel fillets when you get these conditions, you should catch plenty so good luck.
Offshore the weather hasn’t been perfect this week but there were some good yellowfin caught on Sunday with a solid model of 75 kilo caught out of Eden. There were a few other smaller fish around the 30 kilo mark to with some decent albacore around the 8-10 kilo mark. The fish have fallen to a mixture of larger bibbed minnows and skirted pushers with the 27mile line a good place to start. Closer to shore the flathead have continued to chew, again the shallower water seems best with 26-30 meters being ideal. There’s been a few reports of gummy sharks coming from just wide of Haycock point so that to might be worth a look.
On the stones there’s been plenty of squid and a few cuttlefish off the main wharf in Merimbula Bay, very early mornings has seen the best action. Kingfish have still made stories with their antics busting up fellas off Tathra wharf but they to have seemed to have slowed down somewhat over recent days, hopefully 3-4 days of northerly winds will entice them to bite properly. Off Tura head the salmon action has picked up with a bit more swell, l know of a few locals getting down there with metal shiners and having a ball on these speedsters.
Off the beaches both bream and whiting have been good up the northern end of North Tura beach near the island. There’s a good deep hole that’s holding plenty of fish with pipi and beach-worms the better baits to use. Further south off Haycock salmon have been OK but the fish that are being caught are quite big with 2kg fish the norm.
Hopefully with the tides becoming excellent over the next 4 days the beach action will really hot up and anglers can get amongst them.
Tight lines till next week.
MALLACOOTA FISHING REPORT 23-11 -18
Mallacoota fishing report 23-11-18
Some great tiger flathead to be caught in 70m of water. These deeper water fish love any oily bait and have been taking a liking to salted pilchards. Any rig as long as it will reach the bottom will work. Single or Double paternoster rigs always effective.
Gummy sharks in 30m of water straight off the ramp. Find any small patch of rubble and fish baits close to the bottom for the best results. Barracoota and pilchard the two best baits to use.
Shark fisherman will be in with a good chance fishing in close to or from the beaches. The warm weather has set off the annual migration of bronze whaler and hammerhead sharks. Anglers fishing whole fish baits like salmon and tailor rigged on heavier wire traces will see anglers in with a good chance at hooking one of these fish.
Still no sign of the kingfish unfortunately.
Salmon around in decent numbers. The average size has dropped to only about 40cm but they still provide some great fun on light tackle for anglers walking the beaches. Small metal lures taking a lot of fish. Half a pilchard rigged on a single hook and weighted with a small sinker is another good way to fish. Bream and flathead can also be caught using this method.
Bream fishing has been sensational with fishing not seen like this for a long time. (For a quiet a few anglers anyways)
The majority of the fishing in the bottom lake has been on and around Goodwin Sands with a lot of fishing feeding in the shallows up on the flats there. Rolling or “cranking” small hardbodied lures along the bottom in the shallows has been a good way to fish here. Surface lures have also been getting some action.
The top lake has been producing a good edge bite with anglers choosing to either use small hardbodies or lightly weighted soft plastics to tempt the fish here. try looking for the edges with a bit of discoloration in the water as the fish will be feeding more there.
Bait anglers have been doing very well along the rock walls up towards Cape Horn. Prawns (fresh and frozen) working well. Flathead proving a little tough but a lot of eating size fish have been taken. the hot spots are The Narrows, Marshmeed and Palmers Bank. Small soft plastics working best.
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