Pambula Lake a star
  |  First Published: July 2010

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, has continued to fish well despite the cold water and almost all estuary species are having a chew at times.

This place amazes me during Winter. The water is crystal clear but the fish keep on doing the right thing with fish being caught in the main channel and around the weed edges.

Lighter leader and finer braid certainly help in the clear water. Sessions of 40 or more fish are achievable with bream, salmon, trevally, tailor, blackfish, flathead and big whiting making up the bag.

Soft plastics have worked well but blades have probably been best. Slow lifts are all that's required. The fish are quite widespread, but once you find good concentrations, expect some memorable angling.

Merimbula Lake has slowed somewhat but trevally and bream are in the channels from the bridge downstream. Good populations of tailor are in the Top Lake with the odd decent snapper falling to fresh squid.

The flatties are very quiet, but if you concentrate on the shallower sections you should be able to get a feed. Smaller plastics and ganged pilchards dragged on the bottom should produce.

The beaches have fished very well for months with salmon nudging 3kg the main targets. They are great sport even on heavier tackle but if you downsize to lighter spin gear you’re in for some serious fun.

Often I’ll cast 20g to 30g shiners on a 7’ estuary combo with 6lb braid. With the lighter outfit you can cast those small lures a mile and while you lose a few fish when they jump off, that’s half the fun.

Best beaches include Haycock, Tura, and North Tura.

You can expect a few good yellowfin bream on the beaches this month, too. Fish just past the shore dump into slightly deeper water with as little weight as possible. Berley sparsely and use live beach worms or pipis.

The rocks have produced all the usual Winter species with salmon in plague numbers at times. They have to be the best year-round sport fish available here. All headlands are fishing well, with Tura Head and the wharf in Merimbula Bay best.

Blackfish and drummer have continued to do the right thing with Short Point the place to fish with lightly weighted baits cast into the washes. Groper are on the cards for those using crab baits.


Offshore, the sport fishos are having fun chasing southern bluefin tuna with a few local boats catching up to a dozen fish per outing. The best I've heard of was just over 100kg, though Dylan Smith tells me of a substantially larger fish they lost on a triple hook-up.

Most bluefin are falling to trolled lures with deep-divers seemingly getting more hits.

This action should only get better and if we get some stable weather, anything's possible in coming weeks.

Closer to shore the usual bottom dwellers are playing the game with snapper, morwong, trevally and flathead being caught. Most reefs are holding fish with Long Point the pick.

Fresh squid, cuttlefish and tuna will suffice with soft plastics catching a few also.

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