FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 JULY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 JULY 2020

School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition finishes on Saturday

Photo Caption: 8 yr old Kai Schroder of Merimbula shows his 41cm Ocean Flathead on the official DPI brag mat as entered in the Winter School Holiday MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula fishing competition.

Juniors and littlies have enjoyed the Merimbula School Holiday fishing competition organised by the Club and Tackle World Merimbula. None more so than when they returned their record slips to Tackle World and won their selection of a delicious icy pole for every completed slip! To date fish from every category; flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and Australian salmon have been returned and the competition remains ongoing until 3.0pm on Saturday 18 July. All winners will be contacted by MBGLAC within the following week to make arrangements for their $40 Tackle World voucher prizes.

Congratulations to Geoff McMahon President of Eden Game Fishing Club who landed a magnificent 62Kg yellowfin tuna last week a mere 54km due east of Long Point off Merimbula. Geoff used a 2m diver bibbed hard body lure. Lots of good sized albacore are reported from the same area about an easting of 150 degrees 30 minutes. Temperatures along the Continental shelf are reported in the 18-19 degree range but in closer have dropped to between 13 and 15 degrees. This has certainly quieted down local angling, however good snapper and morwong have really been on the chew during the rising barometer, particularly off Lennards, Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best results have come from using micro jigs at about 15 fathoms. Bait fish are everywhere and in good numbers, try first the artificial reefs off Merimbula. Good ocean flathead seem hard to locate particularly in the north out of Kianinny. There is no shortage of undersize fish so try the deeper waters off Tura Headland (22 fathoms) where there are a few really good size tiger flathead.

Take care crossing the Merimbula Bar. Make sure you are wearing your life jacket. Because the Bar remains shallow Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

There are good trevally in the Merimbula channel and tailor in the top lake as well as the Bega River and Pambula lake. Estuary perch are really on the chew in the Bega River and at Pambula as it is the breeding season but there is a spawning closure until 31 August and all fish caught must be released. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock. Off the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard rigged in paternoster style.

Congratulations to Morgan Wood who won the Clubs Salmon Sunday fishing competition at Haycock Beach with a lovely 55cm Australian Salmon. Fishing conditions early on last Sunday were benign before the rains came and Morgan ‘s result was a true testimony to the old adage: “the early bird catches the worm”.

The MBGLAC Club Room has been re-opened for Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au . All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 JULY 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 JULY 2020

School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition in Full Swing

Photo Caption: 10 yr old Angus Ryan shows his 50cm Australian Salmon taken in Pambula Lake and entered in the MBGLAC – Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holidays Junior Fishing Competition.

With visitors flocking in during the school holidays we repeat advice to take care with appropriate social distancing while fishing especially with the excitement around town from competitors in the MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition.

Weather permitting game fishing anglers are reporting both yellowfin and bluefin tuna together with albacore and striped tuna all well offshore. Try the second drop off. Closer in about our local reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower there remain good snapper and morwong, with the big snapper preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

We advise that the Merimbula Lake channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows where there was once the main channel. Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous and due to the shallow conditions Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

With the Clubs “Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition” now underway we can report some excellent results so far with good tailor in the Bega River near Mogareeka as well as in the Merimbula Top Lake. Generally best results are achieved with soft plastics as swarms of smaller fish will attack baits, making it hard for the larger fish to have time to bite. There are some large trevally as well as luderick in the lower Merimbula channel and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock.
The MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition is open to all children, with free entry. With a prize pool of $400 Juniors (under 16yrs) and Small Fry (under 11 yrs) are all eligible for prizes from a suite of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. Entry is free, just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackle World Merimbula) together with some record sheets. Full details from Tackle World or the Clubs Website www.mbglac.com.au and you are in it to win it! The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

With July already here the Club’s Salmon Sunday is scheduled for this coming Sunday 12 July. A great early morning fish then a lovely social BBQ. We are also pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 29 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 29 JUNE 2020

Yellowfin last week, Bluefin this week! Anglers strike gold with prize Bluefin tuna off Merimbula.

Photo Caption: 9yr old Harley Walker holds his largest ever Albacore, caught more than 60km off Tathra.

Congratulations to MBGLAC game fishing members Heather Sutterby and Robert Wood who both landed magnificent bluefin tuna last Sunday fishing out of Robert’s trailer boat “Snappy Tom” at the second drop off some 50km out of Merimbula. Heathers bluefin weighed in at 44kg and Rob’s at 34.5kg.

Congratulations also to junior member 9 yr old Harley Walker who landed a line class 8.9Kg albacore from Cory Walker’s vessel Ice Man, last Sunday. Albacore catches were also reported from Seamode and Flying Hell Fish.

With visitors flocking in during the school holidays we repeat advice to take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows where there was once the main channel. Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous. Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

Anglers are reporting good snapper and morwong from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Great snapper up to 3.5kg are reported with the big ones preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

With the Clubs “Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition” now underway we can report that there are some fine kingfish and lots of slimy mackerel at the Eden Cruise wharf plus some large trevally. Best results from soft plastics and casting out towards the piles. Even though the waters are cooling there are still some good dusky flathead, particularly at Mogareeka since the Bega River closed. Tailor remain very active in the Merimbula Top Lake and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon are available off Bar Beach at the entrance to Merimbula Lake and remain in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake. Salmon are also running well at Haycock and North Tura beaches.

The MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition is open to all children, with free entry. With a prize pool of $400 Juniors (under 16yrs) and Small Fry (under 11 yrs) are all eligible for prizes from a suite of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. Entry is free, just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackle World Merimbula) plus some record sheets. Full details from Tackle World or the Clubs Website www.mbglac.com.au and you are in it to win it! The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

With July already here the Club’s Salmon Sunday scheduled for 12 July will soon be with us; a great early morning fish then a lovely social BBQ. We are also pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons, reservations are recommended, or at least a phone call prior to you leaving home. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 22 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING 22 JUNE 2020

Yellowfin Tuna Have Arrived off Merimbula

Photo Caption: Ross Cooper with his magnificent 52.5kg Yellowfin Tuna stands with Seamode captain Paul Jones.

Last weekend game fishing members of MBGLAC were rewarded with lovely yellowfin taken some 26 nautical miles off Merimbula. Congratulations to Ross Cooper of Wolumla who boated a 52.5Kg fish on Seamode captained by Paul Jones of Merimbula. Congratulations also to Nigel Hack of Bournda, captain of White knight, who boated a 32.5Kg yellowfin, fishing by himself. In the same area other vessels took large albacore tuna up to 15kg.

With the weather remaining fair, anglers are reporting good snapper off the usual reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Port Jackson sharks are not uncommon in the snapper grounds and luckily chinamen leatherjackets are down to reasonable numbers. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

In the estuaries there remain some good dusky flathead, particularly at Mogareeka since the Bega River closed. Intrepid anglers are gathering again to seek out the plus one metre duskys! Tailor are very active in the Merimbula Top Lake and a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. Australian salmon remain in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club Inc, in conjunction with Tackle World Merimbula is holding a winter school holidays fishing competition with a prize pool of $400, open to all those under 16 years of age at 18th July. Eligible species are flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. No registration is required and the competition is open to all comers, both Club members and visitors. The competition will run from 6.30am this Saturday 27 June until 3pm Saturday 18 July. All awards are based on a length photograph taken on a DPI brag mat and a completed Record Slip. Record Slips and brag matts available at Tackle World Merimbula. Full details from the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au.

We are pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons, so to avoid disappointment reservations are recommended, or at least a phone call prior to you leaving home.

MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 JUNE 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 JUNE 2020

Spells of Good Weather Support Local Anglers

Photo Caption: Junior member Joshua Jones on Lucky 1, Captained by Martin Bartlett, shows his first tag and release Albacore Tuna off Eden.

The search continues for yellowfin tuna and there are reports of some captures of smaller fish. Albacore Tuna are more active and fish up to 13kg reported off Tathra at 65 fathoms, and also in deeper waters out from Eden.

With the weather holding, anglers are reporting good snapper off the usual reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Ocean flathead are not scarce but seem to be best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 22 fathoms. Water temperatures near shore remain cool in the 15 degree range and returns have definitely slowed.

On Tuesday 16 June the DPI Fisheries inspected the Merimbula Artificial Reefs using self powered submersible video equipment and report very favorable weed growth and colonisation by a variety of fish species. One in particular, the bearded cod, is not seen in any of the more northern artificial reefs. There are lots of slimy mackerel in mid water with yakas deeper down, together with small cuta.

In the estuaries the cooler waters have generally slowed activity. However in the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are very active and a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. There are Australian salmon in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake and the Bega River at Mogareeka. At both Pambula and the Bega River; Estuary Perch are biting well on soft plastics as this is their breeding time. Please note that for four months; 1 May to 31 August there is an annual zero bag limit for estuary perch and Australian bass in saltwaters. The closure provides protection for these hard hitting native sportfish, which travel from freshwater to the saltwater estuaries to breed.

Salmon Sunday the Club’s mid winter social at the beach, is scheduled for Sunday 11 July. The whole event to be held at Haycock Beach, is based on an early morning salmon fish then, observing social distancing rules, a get together in the sun for the popular BBQ. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!