Fishing Report for the Week Ending 15 April 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 15 April 2019

Anglers gear up for a Cracking Easter Fish with a full moon on Good Friday

Photo caption: Member Steve Weaver shows a lovely Bronze Whaler (good flake) taken off Haycock Beach.

The past week has seen superb flathead catches along the coast, with probably Tura Headland near Merimbula and Baronda Headland north of Kianinny the most productive at 15-17 fathoms. There are also good flathead at 25 fathoms off the Horseshoe Reef SE of Merimbula. Chinamen leatherjackets (although good to eat) remain a problem together with small cuta and now green oceanic toads. The green toads are related to the puffer fish, the dangerous Japanese delicacy which must be cut carefully to avoid the toadfish venom tetrodotoxin which is one of the most dangerous poisons known to man, up to 100 times as deadly as black widow spider venom.

Slimy mackerel seem to have left our inshore areas, being replaced with small cuta especially about the Merimbula artificial reefs (36 54.826/149 56.245 and 36 54.870/149.56.256). Some good flathead have taken up residence between the structures but getting a line down to them past the couta can be a real problem.
Salmon remain patchy, best at Haycock and Aslings Beachs, try the rising tide morning and evening. Salted pilchards are excellent baits.

Morwong remain on the chew at Haycock near Merimbula, White Rock near Kianinny and at the Pinnacle north of Baronda Point. Snapper have been patchy but are expected to fire up each side of the full moon. Try Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef and Mowarry. With the full moon we expect some good gummy shark along the reef edges such as Horseshoe Reef at 17 fathoms.

Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf are starting to spawn and can be seen at shallow depth beneath floating weed. Good sea mullet are hanging around the Merimbula and Pambula entrances, try burling with bread to get them onto the bite! Just after dark is the best time for some really nice calamari from the wharf.

Bream, trevally, and large tailor, are available in the Merimbula channel. In the main lake bream shoals of baby snapper are on the prowl and make it difficult to target dusky flathead, trevally and bream. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally, dusky flathead and salmon are about. Here schools of small bream can make angling difficult. At Mogareeka there are lovely trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan sized snapper. Try drifting with live nippers. Trolling with silver spinners and bibbed lures in the same area can target both tailor and salmon.

The Club‘s next event is its annual seafood dinner to be held at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park 6.30 for 7.00pm on Saturday 4 May. Bookings are open on the Club’s website, limited to 70.

The Clubs annual Snapper Classic has been postponed one week to 25-26 May, away from the Federal Election.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Good Friday 19 April March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 8 APRIL 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 8 APRIL 2019

Grudge Match Trophy in Merimbula’s hands

Photo caption: 4 year old Lachlan Wilkins of Bairnsdale with a lovely Gummy Shark at the Merimbula Cleaning Pontoon shortly after landing the fish with a little help from his father Jarryd.

Last weekend Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club hosted the annual “Grudge Match” competition between itself and sister clubs; Eden, Pambula and Wolumla. This friendly competition ended on Sunday afternoon with a most enjoyable social event at the Spencer Park Clubhouse overlooking beautiful Merimbula Lake. Merimbula also celebrated its winning of the “Grudge Match” Trophy from last year’s holder Pambula. With individual anglers offering their prize catches from a group of 24 individual local species towards the “Grudge Match” Trophy, the final score saw Merimbula at 100 points, Pambula at 36 and Eden at 10. Next year the Grudge Match is to be hosted by Eden. It will be interesting to see what difference a year makes!

Good ocean flathead remain on the chew north of Tathra past Baronda Headland and up past Bithrys. Try 15 fathoms. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem, best option is to move to another mark. From Long Point and further north try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. For the more adventurous there are also good flathead at 25 fathoms off the Horseshoe Reef SE of Merimbula. Salmon are patchy, best at Haycock and Aslings Beachs, try the rising tide morning and evening. Salted pilchards are excellent baits.

Morwong are biting well at the Horseshoe Reef, Haycock, White Rock near Kianinny and at the Pinnacle north of Baronda Point. They may take a bit of finding but fire up with most fresh bait as well as squid. Snapper remain patchy northwards but are more available from Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef and Mowarry. Slimy mackerel are becoming harder to find inshore and small couta have taken over at the artificial reefs. Some good flathead have taken up residence between the reefs but getting a line down to them past the couta can be a real problem.

Luderick have become patchy at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. Calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, and some exceptionally large tailor, are available in the Merimbula channel. The best time is the start of the run in tide. In the main lake shoals of baby snapper are on the prowl and make it difficult to target flathead, trevally and bream. Similarly at Pambula Lake, while good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are on the chew, schools of small bream also make angling difficult. At Mogareeka however, drifting with live nippers can bring lovely trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan sized snapper. Trolling with silver spinners and bibbed lures in the same area can target both tailor and salmon.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 12 April March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 1 APRIL 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 1 APRIL 2019

No April Fool’s joke just good fishing results for Merimbula Anglers

Photo caption: Finalist in the National Pirtek Fishing Challenge Merrily Bell of Tura Beach shows a magnificent 532cm Tailor taken in the channel at Merimbula.

This weekend the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club hosts the annual “Grudge Match” competition between itself and sister clubs; Eden, Pambula, and Wolumla. This friendly competition is a wonderful social event bringing together anglers from all our local clubs with Sunday’s lunch hosted this year by Merimbula. Won last year by Pambula, individual anglers offer their prize catches from a group of 24 individual local species towards the Grudge Match Trophy.

Congratulations to Member Ms Merrily Bell who was a finalist in the NSW section of the national Pirtek Fishing Challenge on 17 March. With the Challenge boasting more that 8,200 anglers from all over Australia Merrily achieved recognition with her very large tailor taken at Merimbula in the channel above the causeway bridge. Merrily has noted how close to her heart was the Pirtek Fishing Challenge’s support for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit at St Vicent’s Hospital.

Some excellent ocean flathead in the 50cm range are on the chew all along north of Tathra to the area of Baronda Headland. Try 13 fathoms. From Long Point and further north try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Tura Beach, Haycock and Aslings Beach are good for salmon, best on the rising tide morning and evening. Salted pilchards are excellent baits.

Some excellent Gummy shark have been taken during the full moon period south of Haycock along the edge of the Horseshoe reef, down south as far as the Pinnacles. Best bait is slimy mackerel with some good snapper and bronze whaler shark as by-catch. Try also soft plastic crabs, these the gummys can’t resist. Morwong and snapper are back on the chew. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Bait fish are plentiful inshore. Don’t forget the artificial reefs which are full with bait.

Luderick are really on the chew at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. Of note is Melbourne visitor Mario Borg’s double hook up of drummer. Calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick remain common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, plus garfish and some exceptionally large tailor, are available in the Merimbula channel. The bsest time is the start of the run in tide. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are also on the chew. Dusky flathead, bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 5 April March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 25 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 25 MARCH 2019

No April Fool’s joke just good fishing results for Merimbula Anglers

Photo caption: Brian and Kaitlyn Schofield of Shockwave receive the Merimbula Inaugural Billfish tournament first prize of $1,500 from event organizer Peter Haar.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament attracted 47 individual anglers. Launching out of; Merimbula, Quarantine Bay and Kianinny, over the three days of the tournament 9 boats successfully tagged and released gamefish, with 3 boats tagging striped marlin . Numerous dolphin fish (mahi mahi) featured, however no tuna or sharks were taken. Standout angler was team Shockwave’s 12yr old Kaitlyn Schofield of Eden who tagged and released three striped marlin on 15kg tackle. A student of Eden Marine High Kaitlyn is an outstanding angler and at age 10 achieved a world record for striped marlin on 15kg tackle, breaking the previous ladies record held for the past 22 years. Kaitlyn has also achieved the ladies world record for broadbill swordfish and Australian and NSW records for southern bluefin tuna. Captained by Ian Gullock, second place and a cheque for $1,000 went to team Three Phase out of Ballarat, Victoria. Team Spooky captained by event organiser Peter Haar was placed third with a prize of $500. The Club extends its congratulations to the winners and all those who fished the Tournament and looks to a successful repeat next year.

Good ocean flathead are on the chew all along from Long Point to Tathra and further north. Try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Bournda is also a good place for “rat” kingfish (undersize). Salmon and pilchards are excellent baits. Further north we are getting reports of chinamen leatherjackets virtually in plague proportions.

Reef dwellers morwong and snapper are back on the chew as the moon increases are expected to come back on the bite. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Bait fish are plentiful inshore. Soft plastics loped along the bottom can bring good results as well as pilchard baits on a paternoster rig. With the moon full, Gummy shark are also biting well along the reef edges. Sandy channels south of Haycock Point are worth trying, best results when anchored and trailing burley.
Luderick, drummer, tailor, salmon and kingfish are available off the headlands. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots for beach salmon remain Main beach at Merimbula, Haycock Beach and Aslings at Eden.

Luderick remain on the chew at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. A few calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick are common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, some exceptionally large tailor, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are also on the chew. Dusky flathead and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River. Try pilchards from the launching ramp jetty at dusk for bream.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 29 March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEKENDING 18 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEKENDING 18 MARCH 2019

Inaugural Billfish Tournament this Weekend off Merimbula

Photo caption: Member Tim McConnachie shows a fine pair of Gummy Shark at the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club sponsored fish cleaning pontoon at Merimbula.

With benign weather conditions forecast for the coming weekend, Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament is poised for a very successful start. The Event runs for three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fishing commences at 7.00am on Friday until 5.00pm for each day until Sunday when it ceases at 3.00pm. Briefing for the Tournament will be at the Clubhouse on Thursday evening 21 March, doors open 6.30pm. Enquiries Peter Haar 0417 021 066. Marlin, tuna and dolphin fish (mahi mahi) are anticipated to star in the tournament as well as mako and bronze whaler sharks.

Ocean flathead are back on the chew all along from Long Point to Tathra and further north. Try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Garfish and pilchards are excellent baits.

Reef dwellers morwong and snapper have been a little quiet but as the moon increases are expected to come back on the bite. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Soft plastics loped along the bottom can bring good results as well as pilchard baits on a paternoster rig. Gummy shark are expected to be biting well along the reef edges. Sandy channels south of Haycock Point are worth trying, best results when anchored and trailing burley. Off the headlands local anglers have landed some fine drummer using cabbage. Luderick, tailor and salmon are also available off the headlands. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots for beach salmon remain Main beach at Merimbula, Haycock Beach and Aslings at Eden.

Luderick remain on the chew at Merimbula, best time the hour before dark. Frigate mackerel are seen occasionally at both the Tathra and Merimbula Wharfs together with the occasional kingfish. During the day anglers using bread burley attracted loads of mullet. A few calamari squid are available on dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick are common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel.

At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are on the chew. Dusky flathead, big bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 22 March. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson 0411 873 880. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!