FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 12 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 12 NOVEMBER 2018

Tackle World Tri Estuary Challenge Outstanding Success

Photo Caption: Matt Collins and his son Harry receive the Major prize for the longest catch and release Bream from Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World and Club President Lindon Thompson.

Exciting times for our game fishing fraternity with the arrival of beautiful yellowfin tuna off Bermagui. The fish are in excellent condition with the largest taken last weekend a great 76Kg. Together with the seasons whale migration down to Antarctica for the summer season, now is a great time for offshore anglers.

Good flathead remain available at Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are available off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs.

At the Merimbula wharf the annual luderick run has started and good fish have already been landed using artificial weed flies. Calamari squid remain patchy at the wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, try slow trolling in the channels. There are plentiful trevally and dusky flathead. Bream are a little shy and some fine whiting have also been recorded from the sand flats. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps. For the observant a pair of dolphins are patrolling the Merimbula back lake. Good salmon are reported at Pambula in the channel between the “Shark Hole” and Broadwater. Pambula also sports lots of mullet which are best attached with bread burley and will take prawn bait.

The Clubs annual Tackle World Tri Estuary Challenge last weekend was a great success with abundant estuary fish “caught and released“ from all three major local estuaries; the Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake. Seniors recorded all species: bream, dusky flathead, whiting, trevally, tailor, luderick and salmon but no jewfish. A standout dusky flathead of 84.6cm was taken by David Hay, a 43.9cm whiting by Ian Neilson and a 49.5cm tailor by Harley Jenkins. Standout junior with four species; bream, dusky flathead, whiting and luderick was Oscar Weingarth. Congratulations to Sam Dixon for a 41cm Trevally and Kade Jenkins for his 43cm tailor.

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires 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 5 NOVEMBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 5 NOVEMBER 2018

Warmer Weather Sets the Scene for Great Estuary Fishing

Photo Caption: 8yr old Kade Jenkins of Berrambool shows his exciting 42cm class winning Tailor caught during last weekend’s Wolumla – Merimbula Lake round, of the Wolumla Amateur Fishing Club’s “Three Weekend” Tournament.

Whales galore! Merimbula and Tura Beach residents have been enthralled with local whale sightings off Tura Headland, Short Point and Long Point. Tail whacking, inverted jumping and flipper slaps are the order of the day and coincide with last weekend’s Eden Whale Festival.

Ocean flathead are available along from Tura Headland past Bournda Island to SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are available between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs. Congratulations to club member Dean Greenwell for an outstanding 19.81kg gummy shark taken at Bitangabee south of Mowarry.

Calamari squid are patchy at the Merimbula Wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk. At the wharf the annual luderick run has started and though shy to bite a few have already been landed on artificial weed flies.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait burley certainly helps. Good salmon are reported at Pambula in the vicinity of the “shark hole”.

This coming weekend the Club is running its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge which has a prize pool of some $7,000 for more than 40 prizes. This event is open to all anglers, with free entry for children. The Challenge is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a DPI “brag mat”. The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back Lakes and Pambula Lake. Entry finalized at the Briefing on Friday 9th November at the Clubhouse.

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires 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 ENDING 22 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 22 OCTOBER 2018

Mako Sharks make a move at the edge of the Continental Shelf

Photo Caption: Alan Wilkins member shows a lovely Morwong taken just south of Long Point Merimbula using a micro jig.

Game fishers report a number of sizable Mako Sharks off the first drop off out of Merimbula (about 20 nautical miles offshore). Excellent sport for the tag and release fraternity.

With sea temperatures a little cool (15 degrees) best try for ocean flathead at 18-20 fathoms. All along from Tura Headland past Bournda Island to SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Boronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. are available off our local reefs. Best areas for snapper and morwong are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs. Some excellent calamari squid have been taken after dark at the Merimbula Wharf. Best results using a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

Congratulations to Club Member Herb Betar using a soft plastic lure who captured and released a magnificent 91cm dusky flathead at Mogareeka just up-river from the launching ramp. Relatively large tailor remain abundant in the lakes and Bega River. These are best caught with metal spinners as they delight in destroying soft plastic lures. A dolphin seen cruising the Merimbula Lake may well be feeding on the tailor. In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Some lovely bream and estuary perch are reported from Wonboyn. Small leatherjackets remain prolific in the Merimbula Lake competing with the trevally and bream.

The Club’s next event is the very popular Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge which has a prize pool of some $7,000 for more than 40 prizes so there is virtually something for everyone. To be held over the weekend of 10th and 11th of November this event is open to all anglers with free entry for children. The Challenge is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a DPI “brag mat”. The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back Lakes and Pambula Lake. Entry finalized at the Briefing 9th November at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park.

The Club will be open on Friday evening at 6.30 pm and visitors are very welcome. In fact on the following Friday, 2 November the Club will be holding a free sausage sizzle and family night plus an exciting raffle, everyone is invited! Put this into your must do diary.

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires 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 ENDING 29 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 29 OCTOBER 2018

Bega River Open and Fishing the River Returns to Normal.

Photo Caption: Mrs Robyn Moore from Young shows a lovely catch and release Bream taken near Thompsons in the Bega River using prawn bait.

Prevailing winds have curtailed local game fishing but with warmer currents moving in, good shark, tuna and marlin may soon be on offer.

Ocean flathead are on the chew all along from Tura Headland past Bournda Island to SE of Turingal Headland. Try 20 fathoms. From Kianinny try 15 to 20 fathoms of White Rock and the Tathra Hotel. Locals report excellent snapper to 3kg and morwong between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs. Congratulations to Les Tudberry taking some magnificient drummer from Tura Headland using cabbage. His best fish measured 46.5cm. Calamari squid remain a staple at the Merimbula Wharf. Best results using a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops just at dusk.

Last Tuesday the Bega River was opened to the sea and the river is now flowing normally under tidal influence. Catch reports since the opening have varied with some losing out and others continuing to land lovely fish. Congratulations to Alan Wilkins for a 59cm catch and release dusky flathead at the launching ramp and Glen Rollason for a whiting off the flats opposite.

The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait burley certainly helps. A sizeable jewfish was reportedly landed at the Merimbula Marina overnight.

This week as a precursor to Melbourne Cup the club is holding a family evening with a free sausage sizzle plus an exciting raffle, everyone is invited. The venue is the Spencer Park Clubhouse, doors open 6.30pm.

The following week, after Melbourne Cup, the Club will be running its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge which has a prize pool of some $7,000 for more than 40 prizes. This event is open to all anglers, with free entry for children. The Challenge is catch and release only with fish length photographed on a DPI “brag mat”. The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back Lakes and Pambula Lake. Entry finalized at the Briefing 9th November at the Clubhouse.

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires 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 15 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 15 OCTOBER 2018

Fishing improving in estuaries as waters warm.

Photo Caption: At the Wonboyn Lake Resort, Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club enjoys its donated fishing gear curtsey the DPI for last Sunday’s National “Gone Fishing Day”.

Best areas for ocean flathead are off Long Point, Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Good salmon remain on Tura Beach just south of the headland and on North Tura beach. Try also Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

Relatively large tailor abundant in the lakes and Bega River are best caught with metal spinners as they delight in destroying soft plastic lures. In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Fishing can be patchy depending on the weather somewhat but there is certainly a lot more activity now the waters are warming; plus 17 degrees is the norm. Unfortunately leatherjackets are competing with the trevally and bream in the Merimbula lake.

Last weekend Club members and guests enjoyed a fun filled couple of days based at the Wonboyn Lake Resort, running its own “Gone Fishing Day” events in conjunction with its “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition.” On behalf of “Gone Fishing Day” the DPI presented the Club a large number of top grade fishing rods, reels lines and lures for both adults and children, all ready to go. Congratulations to Alan Wilkins this year’s winner of the Mex Williams trophy. The target was dusky flathead and the trophy is based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, with catch and release the main game.

The Club will be open on Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All enquires 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 8 OCTOBER 2018

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8 OCTOBER 2018

Good fishing in both the estuaries and offshore.

Photo Caption: Jasper Dulhunty shows a lovely Estuary Perch taken and released at night.

Game anglers are excited to hear that Southern Bluefin Tuna have been sighted off Bunga headland at the second drop off (150’ 25”E). Most fish seem about 20kg plus, although some larger ones have been noted. For a long while the only Southern Bluefin we have heard of were 180-200km off shore falling to longliners. Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

Ocean flathead are responding to warmer waters (+16 degrees). Best areas are out of Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try SE of Turingal Headland, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Graham Bywaters reports good salmon on Tura Beach just south of the headland. Good salmon are also reported on North Tura beach just south of Bournda Island.

In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead but at present we are competing with swarms of voracious tailor. Relatively large tailor are abundant in the lakes and Bega River (though with the entrance closed it is also a lake) – try metal spinners. At the Bega River, good bream and estuary perch are active, try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp. A 90cm dusky flathead was caught and released just at the Bega launching ramp, one early morning, showing that trophy fish are starting to come on the chew.

The Club’s annual “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers and commences 12 midday this Friday at Wonboyn lake and end 6.00pm on Saturday. Dusky Flathead is the target. All prizes are based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, so catch and release is the game. The weather forecast is good and a great weekend is anticipated for the Club’s trip away. The venue is the Wonboyn Lake Resort where there is a private launching ramp and jetty and great BBQ facilities. For all details and bookings look at Wonboyn Lake Resort’s website; bookings; Andrew on 0411 341 406, enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 14 October. You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register. Google; “Gone Fishing Day”. Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing. It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

With the Club away at Wonboyn the Clubhouse will not be open on Friday evening. All enquires 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!