Time for mega-flathead
  |  First Published: November 2013

Estuaries around Merimbula have been fishing exceptionally well and with warmer water coming down the coast now, we can expect them to improve further.

This is prime time for mega-flathead with fish to 5kg and bigger caught every season. Most will fall to large soft plastics but the bait anglers will also encounter larger models.

Prime spots to try are shallow banks on the flood tide, with the shallow areas around Mangrove Island in Pambula Lake worthwhile.

Work areas like this with reasonably large plastics on light to medium jig heads. Afternoon high tides quite often offer better fishing.

On the bottom half of the ebb tide, target them around creek mouths. Small mullet and whiting have to leave the shallow flats in the creeks and usually there is only one place to go.

A good place to start here is Boggy Creek, in the top section of Merimbula Lake. It's a shallow creek that falls away into 3m of water with ribbon weed on both sides of the entrance – an ideal ambush station for big fatties.

Almost every system has thee feeder creeks so it pays to have a look around your local waterway and see what’s similar.

Slowly twitched soft plastics and mullet imitations in hard-bodied lures will produce.

This month we will see an increase in whiting numbers with fishers using live yabbies, worms and even fresh prawns catching plenty. Try areas that have a combination of sand and weed for best results.

A few bream will also haunt you, especially during low light periods, with the surface-lure enthusiasts getting among them, too.


Offshore has been fishing well one-day and then not much the next.

Snapper, morwong and flatties are making up the majority of the catch but in November we usually see a few pelagics turning up.

Kingfish, bonito and striped tuna are a real possibility on the inshore grounds. Trolling lures is the best way to bend a rod.

Out wide we should see yellowfin tuna, albacore and the outside chance of an early season striped marlin if last year is anything to go by.

We had a ripper start to the game season last year and let’s hope this year brings the same.

Trolled lures are the go early in the season; you get to cover a lot of ground to locate the fish.

The continental shelf and beyond will be the place to fish.

For bottom species, the best places to try are Long and Short Point, with The Sticks off Pambula good for flathead.

There been a few decent kings from Haycock Point so some big softies or poppers may be worth a cast.


Bream, whiting and mullet will keep the beach fishos happy, with beachworms and pipis the top baits.

Most beaches will hold fish but Tura and North Tura would be my pick.

Look for a small deep gutter running close to shore for best results. A little bread berley in the shore dump will improve your chances.

Salmon will still be around but numbers will be down as the water warms. Expect a few more tailor to turn up and at night you’re always a chance of a mulloway or gummy/school shark. Try fresh pilchards or mullet fillets, with fresh salmon and tailor strips worth a go for the mulloway and sharks.

Rockhoppers who love throwing lures will catch small kingies, bonito, salmon and tailor if the current comes close enough to shore, especially for the kingies.

Tura Head is this region’s land-based hot spot and every year some good fish are hooked from this platform.

Drummer, bream and blackfish will still make the washes home so if the surface action is a little slow there’s always that option. Bait up and berley with bread, cabbage and cunjevoi.



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