Report 12/6/18

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Report 12/6/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:52 pm

The weather gods looked after us over the long weekend with flat conditions offshore making the journey wide to the tuna grounds that much more pleasurable. For those crews who ventured out they were rewarded with quality fishing with some respectable sized bluefin tuna hitting the decks. The best tuna l heard of went 74 kilo with quite a few fish between 50 and 74 kilo captured. The majority of fish were caught whilst trolling a mixture of skirts and bibbed minnows with triple and four way hook-ups occurring on a few boats. A few crews reverted to cubes straight away after hooking up and trying to keep the bluefin under the boat, but going by most reports the fish were hard to keep around and under the boat. This can be frustrating as you know they are there but sometimes cubing just doesn’t work. What is interesting though is the blue marlin that was almost caught but lost at the boat when the hooks pulled out is that fish are where you find them. It’s mid June with 17-18 degree water and there’s still marlin in it, mmmm especially a blue to. The crew estimated the fish at over 200 kilo, hopefully next time lads the hooks stay in for you. The local game club had their annual yellowfin tuna comp on the long weekend to. There were not any yellowfin caught but plenty of Bluefin to 52.5 kilo plus some albacore and smaller striped tuna as well. It does puzzle me a little that there were no yellowfin caught by at least 50-60 boats fishing over the last 3-5 days. This is a little worrying, but hopefully there’s a few caught over the coming week, the weather still looks great so hopefully someone finds them. If the game species are not for you there’s plenty of blu-eye trevalla coming from the canyon walls up off Tathra. Some of these fine eating fish are 20 plus kilo with water depths of 300-400 meters being ideal.

You can expect a few ling, ocean perch and gemfish when fishing this deeper water but it’s certainly not for everyone. Closer to shore the flathead have been excellent with some days the shallower water of 30 meters the go with the next day 50 meters being better. You just have to move around a bit till you locate a patch but when you find them it won’t take long to get your bag it’s been that good. There’s still a few gummy sharks getting caught from these same grounds with the water straight of Tura Head a good place to start. A few locals are still getting snapper with Lennard’s Island and Turingal reef holding fish. Fresh squid fished lighter than normal with a burley trail has seen some solid reds to 3 kilo hit the pan. I’d expect to see a few more snapper get caught micro-jigging which is becoming quite popular and extremely effective. You get to cover a lot of ground when fishing like this and you do seem to get some bigger fish also. For those after kingfish there were quite a few 10-14 kilo green-backs caught over the weekend down at Mowarry Point. I know of several boats that caught multiple fish mainly on live bait with a couple on jigs to. The fish were a little wider with the 30-35 meter line the go and they were hard on the bottom, not on the surface. These hoodlums should stay around all Winter and l expect to see patches of them turn up off The Hunter, Tura Head and Long Point pretty much like last Winter.

In the estuaries the water has cooled right down to 14 degrees making it a little more difficult for those targeting flathead. The fish are still there though quite lethargic so a slower presentation with smaller soft plastics or soft vibes is required to tempt a fish to bite. Fish lighter than normal leaders to and you should still get a feed. I’d be looking in the top lake at Merimbula round the weed margins in 4-5 meters of water and the same in Pambula’s Broadwater, you still will get plenty of fish in both areas. Both lake s still have plenty of tailor in their respective basins with the terns a dead giveaway to their locality. Casting smaller shiners will catch you plenty with bigger choppers to 2 kilo on the cards. The lower sections in the channels continue to produce big trevally on soft plastics with a few bream and blackfish succumbing to the same technique. There’s been a few salmon starting to enter the Pambula river mouth so getting down there should see some fun had.

Anglers fishing the headlands are doing OK on the pelagic species with salmon, tailor and the occasional bonito hitting chromed slices and ganged pilchards. Both Short Point and Tura Head have been productive though the platform inside Merimbula’s Bay has been excellent for tailor with a few squid to. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple bigger kings come from here as l know several have been seen following hooked tailor up. It’s just a matter of time before someone gets lucky.

On the beaches it’s salmon heaven with almost all beaches holding plenty of fish. These little speedsters are getting bigger to with fish around the 2 kilo mark the norm now. The usual paternoster rig with a bait/popper combination is working a treat with salted pilchards the best bait to use. Mixed in with the salmon is some decent sized tailor with still the odd kilo yellowfin bream coming from these same gutters. This beach action will continue right through winter as long as the gutters remain present.


Ron & Gael Vanderdrift

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