FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 JANUARY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 JANUARY 2019

Excellent catches reported from estuary fishing all down the Sapphire coast from Bermagui to Wonboyn.

Photo caption: Heidi Major visitor from Maroochy Waters Queensland shows a lovely Dusky Flathead taken by lure at the Bega River and then released.

Offshore conditions were not favourable over the Australia Day weekend. It was very uncomfortable in places with the meeting of NE and SE swells which were standing up due to the strong south trending South East Australian Current. During the Bermagui Blue Water Classic game anglers found it difficult to achieve desired results. Further south off Merimbula and Eden better catches were reported with tag and release of striped marlin and mahi mahi.

Bottom droppers continue to be harassed by swarms of slimy mackerel and are finding it hard in palaces to get their baits down to reef and sand for snapper and flathead. Best ocean flathead are coming from directly off Kianinny and SE of Turingal Headland. Further out at the 40 fathom reef swarms of chinamen leatherjackets abound. Some good flathead remain at the Pinnacles area inshore of the horseshoe reef. Snapper and morwong remain on the chew along the main reef areas; North Head, Lennards Island and Haycock. Salmon off the beaches and headlands remain patchy with some larger fish taken trolling off the headlands near Kianinny. Try Merimbula Main Beach SE of Fishpen.

A few luderick have been returned from Tura Headland and Short Point. Best time is just before high tide. At the Merimbula Fishing Platform luderick and some large calamari squid are available, generally best near dusk. Dusky flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and whiting are available both in the Merimbula Lake channel and in the Top Lake. Dusky flathead, tailor, trevally, salmon and whiting are reported from the Pambula River. The Bega River remains closed and continues to fish well at Mogareeka for both dusky flathead, trevally and bream.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s annual Merimbula Lakeview Hotel Dusky Flathead Competition will be run this coming weekend 2-3 February. Highly supportive of the local environment, the Club is committed to the release of fish that could be legally kept and so this event is strictly catch and release with prizes awarded for the longest duskys as photographed on a DPI brag mat. First prize is $1,000 cash together with a special $1,000 prize jackpot for any plus one metre fish taken by lure only. Entry allows for seniors and juniors with free entry for juniors. All anglers are welcome to enter not just club members and the fishing areas include the Bega River, Wallagoot Lake, Merimbula Back Lake and the Merimbula, Pambula and Wonboyn Lakes. Entries may be done at the briefing to be held at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park on Friday 1 February from 6.30pm or on line – refer to the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 1 February. 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

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 JANUARY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 21 JANUARY 2019

Patchy weather conditions have not stopped excellent fishing along the Sapphire Coast

Photo caption: Junior Kade Thornhill of Victoria shows his lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead from the Merimbula Top Lake

As predicted marlin have moved further south following the East Australian Current and congratulations are in order to Club member Martin Bartlett for his first ever tag and release striped marlin. Fishing just 34km off Merimbula, Martin and his partner Peter Haar were astounded to see 6 beautiful marlin – all lit up a brilliant electric blue – a sure sign of feeding, swimming about the boat. A good marlin was also tagged and released by Peter. We anticipate the fish should now be appearing off Eden as well as Merimbula.

Inshore there are swarms of slimy mackerel and bottom droppers are finding it hard in palaces to get their baits down to reef and sand for snapper and flathead. Best ocean flathead are coming from the Pinnacles area inshore of the horseshoe reef with other known areas; Tura Headland, Bournda Island and Turingal Headland giving patchy results. Good snapper are reported from North Head, Lennards Island and Haycock. Best time is dawn and dusk matching a turn of tide. Baits include squid and pilchards. Salmon off the beaches and headlands remain patchy with some larger fish taken off Haycock Beach. Try Merimbula Main Beach SE of Fishpen.

Large drummer and luderick have been returned from Tura Headland and Short Point. Best time is just before high tide. At the Merimbula Fishing Platform large luderick and calamari squid are back and some large ones landed. Of note is the landing of a lovely drummer taken on artificial weed.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is gearing up for its next major event in just over a week’s time. On 2-3 February the Club is running its annual Merimbula Lakeview Hotel sponsored $2,000 cash, catch and release, Dusky Flathead Competition. This competition is open to all comers, entry through the Club’s Website http://www.mbglac.com.au or at the briefing at the Club in Spencer Park on Friday 1 February.

Dusky flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and whiting are available both in the Merimbula Lake channel and in the Top Lake. Good tailor are prolific at Pambula Lake as well as reports of good whiting. The Bega River remains closed and continues to fish well at Mogareeka.

As well as its normal opening from 6.30pm this Friday 25 January the Club House will also be open on Australia Day 26 January from 4.00pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson on 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 WEEK COMMENCING 14 JANUARY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 14 JANUARY 2019

Patchy weather conditions have not stopped excellent fishing along the Sapphire Coast

Photo caption: Joe Galea of Tura Beach shows a lovely Snapper taken off Merimbula at Haycock

Weather conditions have been patchy over the past week or so, and few local game anglers have ventured out. Further north we hear that at least 10 striped marlin were tagged off Bermagui near the kink. With the East Australian Current moving ever southwards good marlin should be appearing off Merimbula and Eden.

Ocean flathead both sand and tiger are on the chew mainly SE of Turingal Headland at 22-24 fathoms. Patches of good fish can also be found in Merimbula Bay, off Tura Headland, Bournda Island, and Tathra, try 20-22 Fathoms. Lovely snapper and Morwong are reporting off North Head, Lennards Island, Haycock, Horseshoe and Long Point. Best time is dawn and dusk matching a turn of tide. Baits include squid and pilchards. Gummy shark in the 4-6kg range are about in the Horseshoe reef area, anchoring with burley really helps. Good baits are salmon and slimy mackerel. There is no shortage of slimy mackerel at the artificial reefs which are now really firing up just over three months since they were positioned. Salmon off the beaches and headlands remain patchy.

Large drummer and luderick are have been returned from Tura Headland. Best time is just before high tide. At the Tathra Wharf large kingfish remain on the prowl and at the Merimbula Fishing Platform large luderick and calamari squid are back and some large ones landed.

Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain active. Dusky flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and whiting are available both in the channel and in the top lake. Good tailor and salmon are prolific at Pambula Lake. The Bega River remains closed and continues to fish well at Mogareeka. Try the rock wall near the launching ramp for bream, estuary perch and dusky flathead. Some magnificent whiting are reported off the flats to the SW of the bridge. Nippers and worms as well as poppers are working.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on 18 January. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson on 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 WEEK COMMENCING 7 JANUARY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 7 JANUARY 2019

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s 83rd Gala Monster Fresh Fish Auction a great success at Spencer Park

Photo caption: The Gala Monster Fresh Fish Auction commences with a plus 4kg Gummy Shark (Flake) on behalf of Merimbula Marine Rescue. Lindon Thompson, President at left, auctioneer Robert Wood assisted by Stuart Green (holding fish) and James Knox.

In spite of choppy seas and strong winds virtually preventing fishing during Saturday, the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s 83nd Gala Fishing Competition successfully raised 52 bags of fish to supply last Sundays Monster Fresh Fish Auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to charity being Merimbula Marine Rescue. Flathead remain the staple and are very popular although a few bags of fine snapper went for excellent prices.

Congratulations to Graham Bywaters who took out the Club’s $300 Tackle World voucher for the heaviest total weight of ocean flathead overall. Martin Bartlett won Saturday’s McKay’s Oyster $250 Tackle World voucher for the heaviest bag of ocean flathead and Joe Bragg the Sunday prize. Maggie Van Der Torren won the prize for the heaviest bag of ocean flathead by a lady on Saturday and Heather Sutterby on Sunday. Palla Di Donato won the heaviest bag of mixed fish for Saturday and Garry Huggett the Sunday prize. Linda Robinson won the heaviest bag of mixed fish by a lady on Saturday with no entry on the Sunday. Kade Thornhill won the Juniors $100 Lake View Hotel voucher for ocean flathead and on Sunday this prize was taken out by Evelyn Robinson. In the estuaries Alex Bell won the juniors heaviest bag of estuary fish with no entry on Sunday. The Club supports catch and release angling and Estuary anglers enjoyed a new section to the annual Gala competition by means of catch and release for Bream and Dusky Flathead. Entries based on DPI brag mat length photographs. Ellie Sky Dulhunty won the Junior bream prize for Saturday with no entry on Sunday. Tara Stone won the longest dusky flathead prize for Saturday and Grant Regan on Sunday. Junior longest dusky flathead was won on both days by Kade Thornhill.

Sundays Gala event commenced with its Talent Quest at 12.00pm with the Town Crier Mr Alan Moyse both entertaining and doing a magnificent job as Master of Ceremonies. Three acts were presented and a $100 cash prize won by a choreographed routine set to Rihana’s “Umbrella”; congratulations to 11 year old Lilly Dixon and 13 year old Sophie Thom. This event proved very popular with the crowd as they gathered for the Monster Fresh Fish Auction and next year will no doubt be bigger than ever. Nearing 2.30pm the Club presented its prizes to entrants of the Fishing Competition courtesy of the Club’s magnificent local business sponsorship. The Kayak and Paddle Board raffle draw followed the auction; First prize was won by Craig Johnson of Berridale, second by Christine Fitzgerald of Mooney Ponds in Melbourne and third prize by Osman Arifoglu of Delahey also of Melbourne. The day was finished off by the prize seafood wheelbarrow raffle draw and fish filleting at the Club’s jetty.

Offshore the first Marlin of the season have arrived in our waters with some in as close as 40 fathoms. Game anglers simply await suitable weather conditions .
Ocean flathead both sand and tiger are on the chew off Merimbula, Tura Beach, Bournda Island and Tathra, try 20-22 Fathoms. Snapper and morwong are in good form on our local reefs.

At the Tathra Wharf large kingfish are on the prowl and at the Merimbula Fishing Platform calamari squid are back and some large ones landed. Best results after dark.

Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain active. Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are available. Good tailor are prolific at Pambula Lake. The Bega River although closed continues to fish well at Mogareeka and some magnificent whiting are reported from the flats beside the bridge.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on 11 January. 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 WEEK COMMENCING 31 DECEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 31 DECEMBER 2018

Some lovely snapper have been taken by local anglers off Tathra, Merimbula and Eden.

Photo Caption: Auctioneer Robert Wood with Stuart Green holding a bag of flathead at last year’s Monster Fish Auction. This year’s Auction is scheduled for 2.30pm Sunday 6 January at Spencer Park. Don’t miss out!

Although the weather has been warm and with generally light winds a local northwards trending eddy off the East Australian Current has caused the prevailing NE swell to stand up, making near shore conditions quite difficult. Trying to fish with wave crests topping is no fun for most anglers. A small craft was also reported swamped at the Pambula River mouth last Friday. Luckily the anglers were wearing life jackets and all rescued safely. Further offshore we have reports of striped marlin from 50 fathoms outwards and lots of good bait fish outside the FAD at 70 fathoms.

Ocean flathead are on the chew and there are few reports of chinamen leatherjackts so with good conditions it’s fairly easy to bag out. Flathead are reported from off Baronda Headland at 15 fathoms, at Kianinny and SE of Turingial Headland at 20 fathoms and also Tura Headland and off the Horeshoe Reef at 24 fathoms. There are also reports of good flathead around the shark buoy near the Merimbula Lake entrance which may be acting alike a FAD. Snapper are certainly on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe and south to Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Try micro jigs. Morwong have also remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics. Gummy sharks are a little difficult to find, although a lovely gummy measuring 875cm was reported from near North Head.

Kingfish are prowling both the Tathra and Merimbula wharfs and at least one whopper was landed at Tathra. At Merimbula some very large calamari squid are available just after dark, favouring prawn like jigs now that the prawns are running. Luderick are back on the bite, seeming to favour cabbage weed at the moment. Australian Salmon remain patchy on both the headlands and beaches.

Although closed the Bega River continues to provide plentiful dusky flathead at Mogareeka and continues to fish well for whiting over the flats. Try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp for bream. Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain on the chew! Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are all available.

There is an open invitation for entrants in the Gala Talent Quest on Sunday 6 January, anything goes and there is a $200 cash prize as judged by Mr Alan Moyse the Town Crier. Alan has donated his time to be MC of this heritage event. No entry fee, all welcome to compete. Registration at the Rotunda in Spencer Park from 11.30am. For lunch food and drinks are on hand with Marine Rescue cooking the BBQ and Rick’s Coffee is also on site.

The Club hosts its Gala fishing competition on Saturday 5 and Sunday morning 6 January to provide fresh fish for its Monster Fresh Fish Auction scheduled to commence at 2.30pm on Sunday at Spencer Park. Anglers are rewarded with 32 separate prizes donated from very supportive local business. Moneys raised from the Fresh Fish Auction will go to Merimbula Marine Rescue. From 12.00pm to 2.00pm the Club will be running its heritage Talent Quest. The Kayak raffle draw and the seafood in a barrow draw will follow the Auction. Fish purchased can be cleaned for a small fee.

The Club will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 4 January for the Fishing Competition Briefing the night’s raffle and a pleasant evening. Come along to Spencer Park and enjoy the atmosphere. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson on 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 WEEK COMMENCING 17 DECEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 17 DECEMBER 2018

Good Returns for Snapper a delight for Xmas Anglers.

Photo Caption: 8yr old Silvia Williams of Calwell ACT with a lovely pre Christmas Snapper taken from her father’s boat at 18 fathoms off Goalen Headland.

Game fishing anglers needn’t worry about bait supplies on their way out to the shelf from Merimbula. Just three months after they were positioned the Merimbula Artificial Reefs already boast large schools of bait with larger fish beneath. Try -36 54.870S – 149 56.265E.

Ocean flathead have sparked up with bag limit catches (10 per person) reported from off Baronda Headland, Kianinny, the 40 fathom reef off Turingal Point and also Tura Beach and beside the Horeshoe Reef at 24 fathoms. There are lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) but also local swarms of chinamen leatherjackets so unfortunately it is not all plain sailing. Snapper are also back on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, the Pinnacle, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Try micro jigs. Morwong have remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics. As the moon fills gummy sharks are expected to be back on the bite, they need patience and a well placed burley bomb.

Kingfish continue to prowl the Tathra wharf. At Merimbula calamari squid are available just after dark but it takes patience and effort to achieve good results. With prawns running try a look-alike jig. Luderick are back on the bite and double hook-ups possible on artificial weed lures. Of interest was the presence of a large bronze whaler shark cruising the wharf. Australian Salmon remain patchy on both the headlands and beaches.

Although closed the Bega River continues to provide plentiful dusky flathead at Mogareeka and continues to fish well for whiting over the flats. Try the rock wall jus tup from the launching ramp for bream. Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain on the chew! Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are all available.

The Club starts its Gala Kayak and Paddle Board raffle ticket sales at Woolworths Tura Beach on Thursday. This raffle will be drawn at the Monster Fresh Fish Auction 2.30pm Spencer Park on Sunday 6 January. Be in it to win it!

The Club is also running a spectacular pre Christmas Friday evening raffle featuring three Goodall’s Hams and a Christmas Turkey plus lots of other prizes. Open to everyone from 6.30 pm, come along to Spencer Park and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquiries to Lindon Thompson on 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!