MERIMBULA FISHING REPORT 7-12-2018
MERIMBULA FISHING REPORT 7-12-2018
It’s been an exciting time for those venturing offshore targeting the game species with a few marlin starting to get about. Most of the action has happened along the shelf line and further East so it’s a decent trip out to where the fish are. On the weekend several striped marlin were raised in lure spreads, one was hooked but lost but at least we are starting to see a few get about. It is early but with the water around the 20.5 degree mark it’s not surprising and with plenty of bait the beakie action should only get better. Trolling a mixture of skirts is the go so your covering the ground, the fish are not thick so a lot of miles may be done before you see some action. Try using skirts no bigger than 12 inches early in the season, these sizes also give you a double chance at yellowfin tuna and even the odd bigger albacore will snaffle them down. If the beaks are not for you then there’s been plenty of albacore caught, mostly around that 8 kilo will skirts and mid sized bibbed minnows getting results. The odd yellowfin is still being caught with the best l have heard of this week going 32 kilo, not big but still fun. With the weather outlook for the next 3 days it might be tough heading wide with strong NE winds predicted, but early next week looks great and l expect a few local crews to head wide and get amongst them. Closer to shore the flathead have been going gang busters with a mixture of sand and tigers making up most anglers bags. Surprisingly the tigers have been in shallow water also with the 28-34 meter line off Short point excellent over recent days. Hopefully this will continue and boaties can get out early before the wind gets up and smack a decent feed. Down south off Eden the kings at Mowarry have been tough.
Some crews are getting the odd fish but they are spooky at present, surely it can’t be long before they decide to chew as there’s plenty of them there as the spear fishers have been seeing plenty with some huge hoodlums in excess of 25 kilo amongst them.
On the beaches the salmon have made a welcome appearance again this week with the main beach at Tura a stand-out. We have had countless anglers come in and telling us of their success with anglers casting 30-40 gram metal shiners faring best. The fish are in big schools but moving quite quick along the beach so actively trying to keep up with a school has seen some anglers catching in excess of 20 fish a session which is great fun in anyone’s books. The main beach at Merimbula is still seeing some cracking whiting being taken on pipi and beachworm, the fish are in close to shore just past the shore dump so don’t go casting over them. Down at Haycock there’s been a few decent tailor caught plus a few bream, striped tuna strips has worked a treat on the bream.
Off the rocks this wind won’t help anyone with Tathra wharf which has been the regions hot spot for the past few weeks will be hard to fish with the wind coming straight onshore. The mornings might still be OK but you would want to be early. There’s still been plenty of kingfish action with the best this past week around 14 kilo, a great fish with the same local angler loosing two bigger fish that were unstoppable. I expect this to continue with a few bonito also hitting the shore line especially those casting sub surface minnows.
In the estuaries the top lake at Merimbula continues to produce with flatehead, bream, trevally, tailor, whiting and flounder all having a feast at times. The margins in 4-5 meters of water has been great for the flatties with the gravel bommies that litter the main basin being excellent for the other species. The tailor size has eased up with the majority of fish now around the 30-35cm mark, look for the working birds and you will soon be in business. Those after a feed of prawns are in for a treat with the NEW moon tomorrow. The entrance to the Bega River and Merimbula lakes has been good, there are some ok reports about Wallagoot with the southern shore line being best.
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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