Pambula Lake stars
  |  First Published: July 2012

Pambula Lake has been outstanding lately and after the flush a month or so ago the fishing has picked up tenfold.

The lower sections have salmon, tailor, trevally, bream and flathead all chewing at times, with soft plastic fishos getting the best of it.

A flooding tide seems to be best but as long as it's flowing one way or the other you’re in for some serious fun.

There seems to be a lot of bait in the river, which has been a catalyst for the great fishing and this action should continue for a while yet. We've had a few 50-fish sessions there recently.

The main lake is still fishing OK for flathead and trevally – concentrate your efforts in 3m-4m depths. There's been the odd school of salmon and tailor in the lake taking smaller chrome lures.


The beaches have been excellent with hordes of 2kg salmon anywhere with a decent gutter.

I took my young daughter down to North Tura during the week for a quick afternoon session and we managed a dozen nice fish in two hours casting small metal shiners on bream tackle.

This is easy fishing that any dad can do with his kids. Rug them up and watch their smiles as they get dragged up and down the beach by rampaging salmon.

Other beaches worth a look include Tura Main, Merimbula Main and Haycock Beach.

Anglers will also get plenty of fish on the standard paternoster rig with a bait/popper combination.

This month we should see some big tailor turn up to add to the fun.

The rockhopping fraternity have been doing OK but when the winds blow offshore finding a decent wash to fish has been difficult.

When conditions have been favourable drummer, blackfish, and some quality snapper have been caught.

A few locals have been doing OK down at Short Point especially at low tide, with fresh cabbage the gun bait. They told me that berley is the key to better results when conditions aren't ideal but don't overdo it.

Salmon, tailor, a few bonito even in the cold water and still some decent kings are coming from Short Point and Tura Head. I've also heard of some nice kings around the Merimbula wharf area with one visitor bagging an 11kg fish. Last season these big kings hung around most of the Winter and plenty are hoping they do again.


Snapper around a kilo have been consistent without being red hot but I expect a few better fish this month, especially in close.

You should be able to get all the morwong you want and the odd john dory, too.

Last year we had a few kings in close throughout Winter so a troll in close with a deep diver may just get you one.

Out wide southern bluefin tuna are all the rage with quite a few fish to 60 kilo caught already but I haven't heard of any landed over the magic 100kg yet. They are 50km-plus out so make sure your boat is in A1 shape and the weather is all good.

Most tuna are falling to trolled bibbed minnows and pushers but I expect a few more on cubes, especially the school fish of 35kg-45kg.

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