Game fishers are grinning
  |  First Published: March 2012

Offshore anglers are having a great time, especially game fishers.

The marlin action has been fast and furious with most crews getting a couple of shots per day, with 80kg to 100kg striped marlin predominating.

The 70-fathom line has produced a lot of fish so the running extra distance to the continental shelf has often been unnecessary.

Over the next few weeks more black and blue marlin should turn up.

Trolling skirted pushers has been the most productive method, though switch-baiting live baits should also work.

There have yellowfin tuna to 40kg caught as welcome by-catch.

The kings have been pretty good off Long Point but they can be hard to locate at times. Good mate Sam lost a 10kg fish just off Tura Head while trolling in his Hobie kayak recently.

Those after a feed are doing well, with flathead in big numbers in 30m to 40m at places like the Sticks, down near Pambula.

The beaches continue to fish well for all the usual species and salmon to 3kg are in plague numbers at times.

All beaches with deep gutters are holding fish with Haycock, Tura and North Tura the pick. Metal slices, surf poppers and pilchards on paternoster rigs are working.

Bream to 40cm are available, especially in the rocky corners at the southern ends of the beaches. Use pipis or beach worms in conjunction with berley and expect a few whiting as well.

Anglers fishing the stones for pelagics have had fun slowly retrieving ganged pilchards for kingfish, bonito and salmon to 4kg. Chrome slices to 50g also work.

The pick headlands have been Tura Head, Merimbula wharf and Short Point and Long Point. Tura Head is best but it’s a decent walk in from Headland Drive.

This action should last for a few months yet.

For blackfish and drummer, Short Point is certainly the place.


In the estuaries, Merimbula Lake has been the standout. For a small bit of water, it holds some cracking fish.

In a recent half-day charter we managed 30 legal fish – mainly flathead to 75cm, along with bream, trevally, whiting and flounder.

A few locals are getting some solid bream and whiting in the channel towards the entrance. It's quite shallow there so late afternoons are better because the boat traffic is at a minimum.

Best baits include live yabbies and squirt worms, if you can get them.

The new boat ramp is in full swing. It's a massive difference from the old one and congratulations to the council for putting it in.

It has certainly made launching your boat a lot quicker and more effective when things are busy.

Some nice flatties are in the main basin at Pambula in 3m to 5m of water. Smaller soft plastics and blades have worked well and the flats are producing a few bream and whiting on surface lures.

The channel towards the entrance is hard to fish at the moment with the red algae in full bloom making fishing almost impossible but once the water cools again it will go away.

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