Anglers have reported sightings of whales galore.
The southerly migration of parents and offspring is now in full swing with numerous whale sightings along our coast from Tathra to Eden.
Sightings are common in our bays; Tathra, Tura Beach, Bournda, Merimbula and of course Twofold Bay as mother whales frolic with their offspring during their annual migration to Antarctica.
Ocean flathead are beginning to make an appearance as the waters start to warm; try off Tathra and Tura Beach at 18 fathoms.
Reports from the reefs are encouraging with morwong and a few snapper now on the bite.
Beach salmon remain patchy, best areas North Tura and Main Beach. At the Merimbula Fishing Platform excellent squid have been taken early mornings and mid to late afternoon.
As usual orange coloured jigs seem to be giving better returns.
For the record, one lucky angler landed a large sand whiting using whitebait.
Large schools of trevally have been seen in Merimbula Lake.
Merrily Bell’s salmon from the Merimbula Top Lake was accompanied by a catch of both bream and trevally.
Merrily practises catch and release.
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.
Bream remain active well upstream in the Bega River.
Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.
Salmon are schooling near the mouth of the Pambula River.
Every Friday the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club holds an Open House at Spencer Park, commencing at 6.30pm.
Visitors are very welcome at the club.
Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.
This Friday, September 9, Darragh Reynolds and Shane Mayberry are your scheduled hosts.
All inquires John McKay on 0427 639 585.
Everything you need to know is on the club’s website www.mbgalac.com.au.
Keep your rods bent!
Flathead can be found regularly throughout bays and estuaries as they lie in wait along drop-offs, weed beds and gutters.
Anglers can often improve their results on flathead by keeping the bait slowly moving across the bottom.
- Rex Hunt
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