Merimbula fishing report

What a beauty: Billy O’Donoghue shows  a beautiful male Sixspine Leatherjacket  taken off Long Point Reef, Merimbula, on charter vessel Rathlin II.

What a beauty: Billy O’Donoghue shows a beautiful male Sixspine Leatherjacket taken off Long Point Reef, Merimbula, on charter vessel Rathlin II.

Whales are enjoying their annual migration to Antarctica and windy conditions have seen them really active and putting on a great display.   Mothers and calves often come closer inshore and have been sighted at Tura Beach and off Merimbula.

Morwong and a few snapper remain on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef.  Pink jellyfish have arrived and some are moving up the Merimbula channel.  These herald warmer summer currents with ocean temperatures now up to 16 degrees. 

Ocean flathead are now biting well north of Tathra near the pinnacle off Cowdroy Beach at 18-20 fathoms.  Try also off Tathra and Tura Beach at 18 fathoms and Haycock at 25 fathoms.  The twin hook paternoster rig behind a heavy sinker stirs up the bottom and is great for flathead.

Good numbers of salmon and tailor have reported from Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings Beach near Eden, best time just after dark.  Ideal bait is a full size pilchard on gang hooks.  Often the larger salmon take a popper mounted above the bait. 

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform, squid continue to be taken early mornings and mid to late afternoon.  Naturally best results are when the winds are quiet.  

In Merimbula and Pambula Lakes bream and trevally together with dusky flathead are available; fish the edges of oyster leases or channels.  Soft plastics like the red worm and live nippers bring good results. 

Tailor are relatively abundant early morning and late afternoon.  Tailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach.  Best time for Tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening.  Try spinning with metal lures.  Merimbula Lake has returned a few dusky flathead, best using soft plastics. 

September heralds the start of the estuary perch season.  These are a wonderful fighting fish, generally strictly catch and release and with a bag limit of two only.  EP’s are a common by-catch while night fishing for jewfish and respond well to peeled prawns.  Don’t use shop bought prawns – remember the white spot virus!  During daylight EP’s respond to soft plastics and the best localities are near structures such as rocky points and sunken timber.  The place to be is well up the Bega River.

The Club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.  Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  All inquires to John McKay on 0427 639 585.   Website www.mbglac.com.au.      Keep your rods bent!