Fishing Report for the Week Ending 13 May 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 13 May 2019

Anglers chasing Tuna ahead of open comp..

Photo caption: Jenny Robbins of Pambula showing her lovely snapper taken at Wallagoot Lake.

Apart from some rapidly passing fronts, autumn weather has been kind to game fishers off Merimbula and they are now hunting yellowfin tuna in preparation for the Club’s Merimbula Open scheduled for 7-10 June with some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer. Kingfish remain patchy although some have cruised the Merimbula Wharf and they are active about the new Eden mooring dolphins. Trolling with hard body lures is working well.

Ocean flathead at the usual spots off Tura Golf Course, Tura Headland, Bournda Island, White Rock, Kianinny and Baronda Headland are really bighting well. Try at 15 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point continue. Some nice gummy shark lie off the reef edges and should fire up during the full moon.

It’s a good time for beach fishing when the SW winds set in. For salmon try the gutters near Bournda Island also Tura Headland and Short Point as well as Haycock and Aslings beachs. After dark remember to use a wire trace as there are some large tailor on the prowl.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform calamari squid remain a staple with best returns now in late afternoon. Some excellent calamari squid have also been taken off Tura Headland.

In the estuaries water temperatures are starting to cool and are now below 19 degrees, however good fish remain on the chew including luderick in Pambula Lake on nippers. In the Merimbula Lake channel opposite Fishpen both bream and trevally are available. Near the bridge there are also lots of Luderick. In the main lake there are some fine dusky flathead as well as trevally, bream and even snapper.

The Bega River remains open and good dusky flathead, trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge. Reports of large European carp further up the Bega River are highly disturbing.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic sponsored by Tackleworld and Goodyear has a prize pool for the longest snapper of greater than $2,000 in cash and vouchers plus many other prizes including the longest cumulative bag of 5 snapper. The Classic will be run over the weekend of 25 and 26 May, with briefing on the evening of 24 May.

The Club offers its sincere commiserations to Ron and Gael Vanderdrift of TackleWorld due to last weeks devastating fire. The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 17 May. 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 6 May 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 6 May 2019

Local anglers rewarded with good offshore and estuary catches

Photo caption: Sinead McKay and Elli-Sky Dulhunty serving seafood platters at the Club’s annual Seafood Dinner last Saturday

Weather permitting, game fishing off Merimbula has continued its great run with striped marlin the main focus for tag and release angling. With some early sightings there is growing interest in the coming tuna season. Kingfish remain patchy although some have cruised the Merimbula Wharf and they are active about Eden.

Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point continue. Returns are not helped by an influx of pike and couta plus annoying chinamen leatherjackets. Some nice gummy shark lie off the reef edges.

Ocean flathead remain on the chew at the usual spots off Tura Golf Course, Tura Headland, Bournda Island, White Rock, Kianinny and Baronda Headland, however returns can be low due to the chinamen jackets. Try at 15 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda.

It’s a good time for beach fishing when the SW winds set in. For salmon try the gutters near Bournda Island also Tura Headland and Short Point as well as Haycock and Aslings beachs. Good returns can come using three-ganged hooks presenting a whole pilchard. After dark remember to use a wire trace as there are some large tailor on the prowl.

At the Merimbula Fishing platform there have been some great evenings for calamari squid. There is also plenty of bait fish mainly yellowtail and the occasional Kingfish.

Good fish remain on the chew in our estuaries including luderick in Pambula Lake on nippers. Water temperatures remain mild. In Merimbula Lake channel near the bridge there are also lots of Luderick. In the lake there are some fine dusky flathead as well as trevally, bream and even snapper.

At Wallagoot good snapper are really on the bite when fired up on bait fish mostly beneath tailor burst ups. Salmon, dusky flathead and trevally are also available. Best results when the weather is calm and the bait fish are out in the lake proper.

With catering provided by South Pambula’s “A Pinch Of Yum”, the Club‘s annual Seafood Dinner held at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park last Saturday 4 May was very successful and members and their guests are looking forward to next year’s event. Bookings will remain set at 70 persons.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic sponsored by Tackleworld and Goodyear has a prize pool for the longest snapper of greater than $2,000 in cash and vouchers plus many other prizes. The Classic will be run over the weekend of 25 and 26 May, with briefing on the evening of 24 May.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 10 May. 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 29 April 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 29 April 2019

Early sightings point to a good tuna season.

Excellent catches along the coast have rewarded Easter Holiday anglers

Photo caption: Chris Young shows snapper are on the chew near Haycock Reef out of Merimbula.

Offshore striped marlin remain the main focus for tag and release angling with interest in the coming tuna season sparked by some early sightings.

Bottom bouncers report great sand flathead catches along the coast, with Tura Headland near Merimbula, Turingal Point south of Kianinny and Baronda Headland to the north the most productive at 15-17 fathoms. Chinamen leatherjackets however remain a problem over both sand and reef together with small cuta and also green oceanic toads which love plastics and jigs.

Some large slimy mackerel have been taken from the Merimbula Wharf after dark but overall seem to have left our inshore areas. Pike are not uncommon at dusk. Some fine kingfish have cruised the wharf and landings reported. The Kingfish are resisting live bait in preference to squid. Just after dark is also the best time for some really nice calamari. Salmon are active off Tura Beach, Haycock and Aslings Beachs.

Snapper have fired up with good catches reported from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef, Mowarry and Bitangabee. Good morwong are about in the same areas. Try 17 fathoms with pilchards.

Notwithstanding the recent fish kill large chopper tailor with snapper beneath are available at Wallagoot Lake when fired up on bait fish schools, At Wallagoot salmon, dusky flathead and trevally are also available. At Wallagoot the annual four month commercial netting season commences on 1 May.

In the Merimbula channel best results at the change of tide for flathead and trevally with good bream closer to the oyster leases. A few snapper are also available in Merimbula Lake. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally, dusky flathead and salmon are about. At Mogareeka trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan sized snapper are available. Try drifting near the bridge with live nippers.

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 limited to 70 remain open on the Club’s website.

The Club’s annual Snapper Classic has been postponed one week to 25-26 May to miss the Federal Election.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 3 April. 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 22 April 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 22 April 2019

Warmer waters still bringing in the Marlin

Photo caption: Local Merimbula Lad 9yr old Alex Daly shows his lovely Calamari Squid taken at the Merimbula Wharf at sunset on Easter Sunday.

Game Fishers out of Merimbula and Eden enjoyed the Easter break with numerous tag and released striped marlin rerecorded showing the East Australian Current is continuing to feed warmer waters southwards. The upwelling of nutrient rich cold currents along the edge of the Continental Shelf mixing with the EAC supports large shoals of baitfish, mainly slimy mackerel, which are targeted by marlin and tuna.

Ocean Sand flathead remain a staple with catches all along the coast, with probably Tura Headland near Merimbula and Baronda Headland north of Kianinny the most productive at 15-17 fathoms. Good flathead remain at 25 fathoms off the Horseshoe Reef SE of Merimbula. Sand flathead predominate with tigers few and far between. Chinamen leatherjackets remain a problem over both sand and reef together with small cuta and also green oceanic toads which love plastics and jigs.

Some large slimy mackerel have been taken from the Merimbula wharf after dark but overall seem to have left our inshore areas. Salmon remain patchy, best at Haycock and Aslings Beachs, with some off the Tathra headlands responding to trolling.

Morwong remain on the chew at Haycock near Merimbula, White Rock near Kianinny and at the Pinnacle north of Baronda Point. Snapper have fired up as anticipated with good catches reported from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef and Mowarry. As expected during the full moon some lovely gummy sharks have also been landed.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick are becoming scarce and it looks like the season is close to finished. Locals and visitors will be back to try their luck in November. Just after dark is the best time for some really nice calamari from the wharf.

Dusky flathead bream, trevally, large tailor, snapper and salmon are available at Wallagoot Lake notwithstanding the recent fish kill. In the Merimbula channel best results at the change of tide for flathead and trevally with good bream closer to the oyster leases. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally, dusky flathead and salmon are about. At Mogareeka trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan sized snapper are available. Try drifting with live nippers.

Last Wednesday 17 April the club played host to yet another NSW Fisheries children’s fishing workshop utilising the Clubs Jetty at Spencer Park. Jim Clarke and Jeff Knox assisted from the club together with a number of other Fishcare Volunteers from the south coast. The workshop was very well attended with ‘local’ children coming from as far away as Bombala and Quaama plus a number of visitors from Victoria. The children fished off the jetty after learning how to rig their rod and reel, tie some basic knots and cast accurately together with some essential rules and regulations. Bookings under Fishcare on the DPI website.

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 limited to 70 are open at the Clubhouse and on the Club’s website.

The Club’s annual Snapper Classic has been postponed one week to 25-26 May to miss the Federal Election. The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Good Friday 26 April. 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 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!