Merimbula fishing report: Time to go whale watching

Spectacle: A whale calf next to the whale watching boat True Blue. Now is the time to get out as whales are extremely active for the southern migration. Photo: Ron Webb, Merimbula Marina
Spectacle: A whale calf next to the whale watching boat True Blue. Now is the time to get out as whales are extremely active for the southern migration. Photo: Ron Webb, Merimbula Marina

Australia's most famous humpback whale, Migaloo the white albino, was spotted off Bondi Beach last Thursday.  After mating in far North Queensland, Migaloo is making his southward journey towards Antarctica.  Travelling with a mate, he is averaging a speed of about 5km per hour. 

This would bring him to our waters off Merimbula and Eden early this week.  We should expect to see him again in early to mid-July of next year.  Windy conditions have seen the whales really active and putting on a great display.  

If you’ve never been on a whale-watching tour, now is the time to get out as they are extremely active for the southern migration. 

Meanwhile, in regular fishing news, snapper are back on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef with ocean temperatures now at 16 or 17 degrees. 

Morwong remain a great standby.  The twin paternoster rig with pilchard bait brings good results, particularly when anchored and using a berley bomb.  Ocean flathead are back on the bite north of Tathra near the pinnacle off Cowdroy Beach at 18-20 fathoms.  Try also Bournda, Tura headland and Haycock at 25 fathoms. 

Kingfish are reported from Mowarry, you just have to be there at the right time.  Salmon and tailor remain at 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. 

With so little rain over winter, the Bega River entrance at Mogareeka has closed.

Dusky flathead are expected to congregate at Mogareeka near the bridge and towards the ocean seeking salty water.  This really is the time to practise catch and release so stocks are not depleted. 

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. 

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 enquires to John McKay on 0427 639 585. 

Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.     

Keep your rods bent!