Report 5/4/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 5/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:44 pm

It has been announced that Merimbula Bay has been selected for placement of the 5th NSW coastal artificial reef. We are advised that following the tender and construction process, the reef which will be funded from recreational fishing licence fees, is expected to be installed and ready for casting a line in 2018. We look forward to the gathering of Kingfish, Snapper, Morwong, Trevally, Gummy Shark and perhaps, just like the first one already established off Sydney Heads, a congregation of as many as 50 different species. The Club’s initiative in making its successful submission is to be applauded. The offshore artificial reef will further put Merimbula on the map as a premier recreational fishing hotspot.

The natural offshore reefs have suffered from a cold current with mid week temperatures down to 17.4 degrees. Morwong and Snapper are scarce but can be found between Long Point, Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and past Lennards to North Head. As usual best bait is pilchards. Ocean Flathead have quieted down due to the cooler water, try off Haycock and Tura Beach. Salmon are patchy, probably best around Bournda Island and Short Point. For beach fishers try Haycock. At the Merimbula Fishing Platform squid are plentiful again together with Slimy Mackerel and the occasional Salmon and Kingfish. Luderick seem to have finished their summer run, try again late October.

The estuaries remain warmer at 21.6 degrees and are fishing very well with Tailor, Mullet, Trevally, Salmon, Bream and lots of breeding Snapper all on the chew. There are some legal size Snapper to be caught in the middle of Merimbula Lake early morning and evening with Pilchards a preferred bait. Good Whiting respond to hard plastics and poppers on the flats in Merimbula Lake and at Mogareeka.

Game fishing remains quiet apart from an outstanding run of Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) around the offshore FAD. The change in the weather together with cooler currents from the south portend the arrival of Yellowfin Tuna into our waters.

Ron & Gael
Tackle World Merimbula
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