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Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club Inc.

Established in 1936, MBGLAC is a family orientated fishing club with about 200 members, including Small Fry (up to and including 10 years as at 1st July) and is active in big game, estuary, beach and bottom bouncing. We prioritise the education our Juniors (up to and including 15 years as at 1st July) and Small Fry in the ethics of fishing/angling, sustainability and catch and release methods.

Our Membership, is for the Game Fishing Year 1st June to 31st May

On this site, you will find information regarding Committee Members with their phone numbers. You are welcome to contact any of them for assistance on club matters.

During the year we conduct six (6) major fishing events. The Merimbula Billfish in late March and the Open Yellowfin and Broadbill – Southern Bluefin Tuna game fishing tournament in June, with prizes of over $10,000, the Gala Fishing Weekend and annual “Monster Fresh Fish” auction, the Tri-Estuary Challenge, the Dusky Dash for Cash and the Snapper Classic. Dates and details of these are listed on this site.

Located in our Clubrooms is the “Lakeview Hotel Trophy Board” listing all the fish for the Club’s fishing year being 1st June to 31st May that have been “weighed in” all based on DPI brag mat length photographed from tip of head to tip of tail, exactly as fish lengths are measured to suit DPI fish length rules. By checking this board and this website, you can see how your largest fish, based on a clear photograph compares to others. From this board also, the annual Club Champions are determined, as follows:

Open Champions
We have categories for Men’s Open Champion, Ladies Open Champion, Junior Open Champion, Small Fry Open Champion and Lake and Beach Champion. The board is updated each time you enter a larger fish of any of the listed species. For each fish, you receive one score from 1-10 depending on being the largest. 10 points (Biggest) though 1 point for (Smallest).

Club Champion
The same fish species for the Club Champion. Points are allocated on the basis of 10 points for the heaviest fish of each species, down to 1 point for the 10th heaviest fish of each species, with zero points for fish weighing less than the 10th heaviest.

Catch and Release
Five fish: Bream, Dusky Flathead, Estuary Perch and Jewfish are included in the Club’s Catch and Release section based on brag mat length photos. $$ Prize for the longest Bream and for all other entries a ”raffle” draw to win $$ cash prize.

Activities during the year other than the six (6) major events include the Club’s annual Members Presentation Dinner, an annual Sponsors night dinner, the annual Seafood dinner night, the annual fishing “Grudge Match” against Pambula, Eden and Wolumla  Fishing Clubs, the family recreation and fishing trip away involving the Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition, a family Christmas Party and guest speakers to keep us informed. We also conduct two (2) DPI Fisheries NSW Fish Care “Learn to Fish” courses and a Shimano Kids Fish Fest. Again these are listed on this site.

The bar is open from 6.30pm every Friday night and visitors are most welcome to come and enjoy the ambience.

During the warmer months we have a family night at the Club, on the last Friday of the month. Every Friday night, there is an up to date fishing report. Why not come along and find out where the fish are biting and what has been caught, through the week.

If you have any questions about the club or its activities, just ask one of the Committee or club members, that are present on a Friday night or contact us. Most Friday nights we conduct a raffle with generous prizes.

See you at the Club.


Peter Haar