Salmon abound in windy westerlies

Nice catch: Four-and-a-half year old Lachlan Wilkins measures his first ever Salmon taken at Tura Beach on pilchards during a visit.
Nice catch: Four-and-a-half year old Lachlan Wilkins measures his first ever Salmon taken at Tura Beach on pilchards during a visit.

With the strong westerlies blowing it has been a good time to fish for salmon off the beaches.

Salmon and good tailor are best near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening. Salmon and tailor are also in the Pambula River and Broadwater. Trolled silver lures are also working well.

Now is also the time to fish the headlands and estuaries when some sheltered areas can be found.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club has reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi. Good tailor are about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go.

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and when you can get out there are snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island. Best depths about 17 fathoms. With the moon starting to make gummy shark should be back on the chew at the reef edges.

Good flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the golf course at Tura Beach. Flathead remain a staple off Cowdroys, try 17 fathoms. Further South off Baronda Headland try 15 fathoms.

Bream are spawning in the Bega River with most gathered near Thompsons. Down river near Mogareeka some good tailor respond to silver lures, best early morning and evening.

The Merimbula Fishing platform is alive with yellowtail and a few slimy mackerel. Burley is a must to bring the bait fish onto the bite. Calamari squid are falling to those with patience using mostly red coloured jigs.

On Friday at 6.30 for 7pm the Club will host John Smythe who will talk about the Sea Urchin problem. John's presentation will give a background to the problem and how it has been addressed at state level. He will outline a possible small scale program that MBGLAC may be interested in to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf, restoring the weedy habitat and increase fishing opportunities.

John is secretary of Abalone Association of NSW the peak industry body for the abalone and sea urchin fisheries in NSW. He is also a NSW Director on the Abalone Council of Australia, the body that represents the abalone fishery nationally as well as co-ordinates all abalone research through FRDC. He has been abalone diving for 45 years mostly out of Merimbula, Tathra and Eden and has been involved with research into sea urchins since the early 1990s.

All are welcome to attend.

All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880. For memberships or more information visit www.mbglac.com.au.