Lake fishos have a ball
  |  First Published: October 2011

Stable weather has at last allowed anglers to fish offshore and in the estuaries with some degree of confidence.

Pambula Lake is in full swing with fishos having a ball catching a variety of species. It really depends on what you want to target but the flatties have certainly woken up lately.

Those fishing the weed-fringed edges in 4m to 5m of water have fared best, with smaller soft plastics cast to the edges all the go.

You shouldn't have any drama picking up a feed of duskies, with the odd better fish also getting caught.

When fishing like this expect trevally, tailor and salmon, too.

Salmon are in massive schools along the whole South coast and this estuary is no different.

They can be found throughout the basin and into the river section towards the entrance, with soft plastics and smaller metal slugs catching plenty.

They are around 2kg – good fun on lighter braid tackle.

Further into October, those fishing with bait will find some solid bream and whiting. Anchoring up in the channels and using berley is a good way to tempt them.

I'd be using worms for both, nippers for the whiting and tuna cubes for the bream.

Merimbula Lake upstream of the main bridge has been quiet except for some trevally in the channel and tailor in the main basin.

Most of the action has been closer to the entrance with bream, trevally, blackfish, salmon and whiting succumbing to bait and plastics. Fishing the flooding tide has certainly been better and as the month goes on, things should get even better.


Anglers have done well on snapper and morwong close offshore. There seem to be a lot more sand flathead chewing, which is good to see as they have been a little tough lately.

The Sticks, down off Pambula, has been the place to fish with some local crews getting quality bags, mainly around the tide changes. The bottom fishing should improve further as October goes on.

Those after the pelagics have caught some nice kingfish and bonito by trolling around Long Point. A few kings have nudged 80cm but they are sporadic.

Out wider has been quiet but that will all change soon. With the currents pushing down from up north looking ideal, smaller yellowfin tuna and albacore are possible.

A lot will depend on conditions but when they get here, smaller skirted pushers and bibbed minnows will be the go.

Those fishing the stones have had great fun down at Tura Head. The place has fished well for huge salmon, tailor, bonito and some respectable kingfish.

Most fish are falling to chrome slices up to 50g although whole pilchards on ganged hooks will catch plenty.

If a decent king is your go you can't go past a live bait. You can catch plenty at the northern end of the Tura ledge with yellowtail and slimy mackerel the preferred baits.

If all else fails you will have a load of fun on the salmon. Towards the southern end of the ledge a few locals are getting solid pigs and some nice blackfish on cabbage and cunjevoi.

Beach bream and whiting should increase as the water warms. You usually see some big whiting during October with beachworms and pipis the gun baits.

Try Tura Main; there's a cracking deep gutter at the northern end. Use lightly weighted bait with a little berley.

For salmon, North Tura is the place to go. I walked the dog down there the other day with a flick stick casting small shiners and had a great time.

If you used more traditional beach gear you'll catch as many as you want using a paternoster rig with popper/bait combination.

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