Report 7/6/18

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Report 7/6/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:31 am

The last week has seen terrible weather for those anglers fishing offshore, with huge swell, lumpy seas and high winds. Thankfully the worst is behind us with the next week or so looking ideal for those venturing offshore.

June is tuna time around here and with the Merimbula game fishing club having their annual yellowfin tuna competition this weekend l expect to see some solid tuna caught. Before the blow it was OK without being red hot with some solid models captured. Hopefully this next period the game crews get amongst them but only time will tell. Both trolling a mixture of skirts and bibbed minnows will allow plenty of water to be covered but having the option of burley, cubes and live bait on-board could also be beneficial if you come across a school and can hold them under the boat. What wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a few SBT (southern Bluefin tuna) caught and seen especially those crews venturing very wide past the shelf. After a big southerly blow these southern speedsters tend to chew so let’s hope this is the case this weekend. Closer to shore there will be good snapper on the reefs with Long Point, Lennard’s Island and Turingal reef further north all worth a look. The heavy seas should have stirred them up so expect some solid action if targeting a red or two.

In the estuaries both Merimbula and Pambula lakes continue to produce though fishing lighter tackle in the gin clear water has definitely been advantageous. Those anglers getting the results have done this especially if fishing soft plastics and vibes. Both basins in these systems are faring well with water depths of 4-6 meters on the edges of the ribbon weed being the best place to start. These edges are loaded with whitebait in tight schools so concentrating around them is the go. You can expect bream, trevally, tailor and the odd flathead to but fish you’re lures slower than normal. The water is quite cold at present so if you feel the slightest twitch strike straight away as they are a little cagey. If bait fishing is for you l’d be concentrating in the lower sections of both systems in the channels. Here you can anchor up and fish the draining tide with fresh striped tuna or Hawksbury prawns and expect a few bream, trevally and blackfish with the chanc3e at a flattie to.

What’s really firing up is the beaches. Almost any beach along this part of the coast has salmon on them and lots of them to. We have had plenty of customers telling us of their captures with 15-20 fish per session not unusual at present. The fish have responded well to metal shiners in the 35-50 gram bracket though bait fishing with a paternoster rig with a bait/popper combination has been deadly of late. Using quite big star sinkers of 5 or even 6 ounces has been the go with the bigger swell conditions but that will change over coming days with the swell abating quite a lot. Look at Tura main, North Tura, Merimbula main or Haycock as all these beaches have decent gutters and holding plenty of the pelagic species. Over the next few weeks some bigger than usual tailor should make their presence felt with fish to 3 kilo and bigger quite possible.

Off the rocks it’s simply been too big to fish and dangerous over the past week but those wishing to fish the stones should be in for some cracking fishing over coming days. With the ocean abating both Short Point, the main wharf in Merimbula Bay and Tura head should see salmon, tailor and maybe a kingfish or two play the game. Using a mixture of metal lures, whole pilchards on ganged hooks or even live bait will see results and some quality fish caught. If the pelagics aren’t for you then the drummer fishing will be exceptional. Look at Short Point as the pick of ledges to fish with crab or cunjevoi the gun baits to use.

Hopefully next week we will have more reports of the offshore game fishing with the weather gods doing the right thing this week.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

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