FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 15 JULY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 15 JULY 2019

Success for Club’s Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach last Sunday.

Photo caption: Club Members gathered at Haycock Beach Salmon Sunday Social BBQ. Centre is Club President Lindon Thompson showing the size of the “one that got away”.

Club members enjoyed a lovely BBQ picnic lunch in the sunshine at the sheltered Haycock Beach Picnic ground last Sunday to finish off their mornings “Salmon Sunday” beach fishing adventure. Some lovely salmon were caught off the beach with preferred bait pilchard. We are happy to report a number were typical kiss and release. For some the fishing was marred by sand crabs taking baits as quick as a flash and it was the anglers using poppers together with bait that won the day. Congratulations to Morgan Wood whose large salmon won a sponsored fishing rod combo curtsey of Tackle World’s Ron Vanderdrift.

The Return of strong offshore winds saw Merimbula’s game fishing fraternity restricted to port and we await better offshore weather to find out where the magnificent southern bluefin tuna are lurking.

Good flathead are on the chew but it is a costly battle north of Bournda due to ravenous chinamen leatherjacket. Further south good flathead can be found now at 20 fathoms off Tura Headland, Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point.

Weather permitting snapper and morwong are about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyds Tower off Eden. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Best to be anchored and using a bottom berly bomb.
Luckily chinamen are less a pest on the reef areas. At our favourite gummy spots near Horseshoe Reef an influx of port jackson shark has become quite overwhelming, with no gummy to report!

Good drummer remain on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Some excellent garfish have been brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar and also in Kianniny bay, try off the jetty. Use crumbed bread for burley and small whitebait.
In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for bream and trevally particularly over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River which remains closed, include some lovely estuary perch caught and released from the upper reaches, congratulations Glen Rollason. Search out the sunken timbers that make excellent structures for the perch, small soft plastic are the rage. Trevally and dusky flathead remain on the chew on the sea side of the bridge at Mogareeka.

On Friday 19 July we welcome Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems, to talk on Fish Habitat. The Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit and listen to Jillian’s talk. You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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!

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 8 JULY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING 8 JULY 2019

Success for our Southern Bluefin Tuna Anglers just 60km directly off Merimbula.

Photo caption: Ross Cooper of Wolumla with a magnificent 100.5kg Southern Bluefin Tuna taken last Sunday off Merimbula

Skilled angling by our local game fishing members has achieved outstanding results in the waters directly off Merimbula. Ross Campbell landed a prize 100.5kg southern bluefin from Sea Mode captained by Paul Jones. From Reel Gem nearby, captained by Glenn Pollock, our star angler Heather Sutterby landed a 64.5kg bluefin, just 0.5kg heavier that her Merimbula Open prize winning 64kg yelowfin. Martin Bartlett landed a 45kg bluefin and Ron Vanderdrift one of 40kg. Good to see Ron enjoying himself while waiting for TackleWorld to re-open! Congratulations to all! Closer to home there are reports now of yellowfin tuna sighted from the Tathra wharf.

Bottom bouncers are continuing to report good flathead off Baronda Headland and northwards to Bithry’s. Best depth remains 15-17 fathoms. Flathead are also active off White Rock and Kianinny. Try also off Tura Headland and Bournda Island.

The best snapper and morwong are coming from the gravelly areas beside the main reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs as well as Lennards and of course North Head and the Boyd’s Tower reef out of Eden. Try anchoring and using a burley bomb set near the bottom. Chinamen leatherjackets remain a problem northwards especially about White Rock, best to just move to another spot. Anglers report excellent drummer on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Cabbage weed is also good for both drummer and luderick. Some excellent garfish have been brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar and also in Kianniny bay, try off the jetty.

There are patches of good salmon schooling off the beaches. Try Tura, Main and Haycock Beaches as well as Tura and Short Point Headlands. Salmon are attracted to gang hooked pilchards and surf poppers. Spinning can also bring good rewards. Best time is early morning or at dusk when good size tailor come onto the bite.

In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for trevally and bream over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River, which remains closed, include some large bream taken near the wall at Mogareeka using small black crabs as bait. Trevally and dusky flathead remain on the chew in this area on the sea side of the bridge. At Pambula bream and tailor remain on the bite.

The Club’s next event is the popular social: Salmon Sunday to be held at Haycock Beach this coming Sunday 14 July. Club members are sharpening their gang hooks and looking forward to an early morning fish off the beach to be followed by the tally, a great BBQ and prize giving.

The Club is open every 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. On 19 July we welcome Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems, to talk on Fish Habitat. All welcome. 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 the Week Ending 1 July 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 1 July 2019

Game Fishos having the time of their lives

Photo caption: 4 year old Club Member Lachlan Wilkins of Bairnsdale shows his Trevally taken in Pambula Lake last Saturday.

Game fishing anglers report time-of-a-lifetime angling for Southern Bluefin Tuna well out past the continental shelf off Merimbula. Fish have been captured and also tag and released from boil-ups where fish are literally snapping lures out of anglers fingers!

Flathead anglers are bagging out off Baronda Headland and northwards to Bithry’s north from Kianniny. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms. All you need is a good drift, a paternoster rig and fresh fish for bait. Flathead are also active off White Rock and Kianinny. Try also off Tura Headland and Bournda Island. The best snapper and morwong are coming from the gravelly areas beside the main reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs as well as Lennards, further south and of course North Head and the Boyd’s Tower reef out of Eden. Try anchoring and using a burley bomb set near the bottom. For snapper the best results usually come from a “floating” pilchard on snelled hooks. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem, best to just move to another spot. Good Tailor and salmon are also schooling off the beaches; Aslings at Eden and Haycock and Tura in particular. Using bread burley some excellent garfish can be brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar.

The Merimbula Back Lake has cooled considerably to about 13 degrees and dusky flathead have really slowed down. In the front lake the run-in from the sea is about 5 degrees warmer and a great time for trevally and bream over the shallows on the last part of the tide. Keep in mind the deeper channels stay cool. At Pambula; trevally, bream, tailor and good size mullet remain on the bite. Soft plastics and prawns are both effective. Reports from the Bega River, which has closed, include some large whiting along the shallows. Best results when the wind ruffles the surface, try poppers and soft plastics. Soft plastics give good results for bream along the rock wall up-river from the launching ramp. Small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can also be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

The Club’s next event is the popular social: Salmon Sunday to be held at Haycock Beach on Sunday 14 July. Club members are preparing for a great BBQ as well sharpening their gang hooks and looking forward to an early morning fish off the beach.

The Club in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 5 July from 6.30pm. Come and enjoy the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Visitors are very welcome. 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 24 June 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 24 June 2019

 Casserole fundraiser turns $400 into $2100

Photo caption: Merrily Bell, in red dress, organized Westpac Rescue Helicopter fund raising through a casserole night at the MBGLAC Clubhouse last Friday evening.

The Casserole Night to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service held at the MBGLAC Clubhouse last Friday evening was highly successful with over $2,100 raised. Merrily Bell, the Club’s Social Secretary, had won the Club’s Snapper Classic in May and with her $400 cash winnings underwrote the Casserole Night turning her winnings into a magnificent $2,100! These funds will all be donated to the Westpac 2019 Drovers Run 4WD outback adventure she will undertake together with her sister Judith. Judith has herself already raised $2,500 sponsorship towards this worthy cause. Congratulations to both Merrily and Judith and they in turn wish to thank all for their wonderful support.

Recent strong winds have thwarted offshore game fishers along the coast and caused a real set-back to the weekends Canberra GFC Tuna Tournament out of Bermagui.

For ocean flathead, both tiger and sand, try off Bournda Island. Try also near White Rock and Kianinny and north to Baronda Headland. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Headland and Baronda. Reef fishing has become a little more difficult with strong inshore currents continuing off Merimbula. For snapper and morwong it is probably best to anchor and burley. Try a down dropper rig with a pilchard on snelled hooks floating away from the sinker. When out of the current best results come from a floating rig and no sinker. With the moon full gummy sharks are very active, best technique is to anchor and burley beside the reef areas. Good size fish can be taken from Bithrys north of Tathra to Horseshoe off Merimbula. Good Tailor and salmon are also schooling off the beaches; Aslings at Eden and Haycock and Tura in particular.

At Pambula trevally remain on the chew near the shark hole. Soft plastics and prawns are both effective. At Merimbula there are tailor in the back lake plus reasonable size bream and snapper deeper down, prawns, pilchards and soft plastics are all useful. Fish are gathering about the Mogareeka area closer to the ocean now that the Bega River is closed. Try the wall up river from the launching ramp and out from the launching ramp for bream and the occassional dusky flathead. Using soft plastics; small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can also be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

The Club will be closed this Friday 28 June. The Council has permitted a number of food trucks to use Spencer Park during the evening. A large crowd is possible, some likely partaking alcohol and the Clubs committee has decided the correct response is for the Club to close. Our doors will be open again on Friday 5 July. Come and enjoy the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Visitors are very welcome. 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 17 June 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 17 June 2019

Lovely mid June weather suits Merimbula anglers

Photo caption: Shane Mayberry of Tura Beach shows his huge Blue Eye Trevalla taken off Merimbula.

Game fishing has become a little quiet about the shelf with anglers needing to go about 10-15 Nm further east to get into the Tuna action. Closer in some of our anglers have turned to deep drop fishing in waters of about 400m depth. As noted previously a couple Broadbill Swordfish were captured by deep dropping as well as lovely fish like the Blue Eye pictured.

Ocean flathead remain on the chew with good patches off Tura Headland and Bournda Island. Try also near White Rock and Kianinny and north to Baronda Headland. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Headland and Baronda. Reef fishing has become a little more difficult with strong inshore currents continuing off Merimbula. For snapper and morwong it is probably best to anchor and burley. Try also Lennards, North Head and Boyd’s Tower. Good Tailor and salmon are schooling off the beaches, Haycock and Tura in particular. At Haycock there are also some good bream and luderick near the rocks using prawn bait.

At Pambula some good trevally are on the chew near the shark hole as well as some lovely bream. Prawns are a fail-safe bait. At Merimbula there are lots of tailor in the back lake plus reasonable size bream and snapper deeper down, prawns, pilchards and soft plastics are all useful. Garfish are about in the lower channel near Fishpen, use crumbed bread for berley and prawn bait. The Bega River has now closed and the temperature near the bridge at Mogareeka is down to about 11 degrees. Using soft plastics; small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

On Friday evening 21 June the Club will be hosting a $10 per head Casserole Night to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.00pm. The Casserole Night has been organized by the Club’s Social Secretary Ms Merrily Bell who, together with her sister Judith, will undertake the Westpac 2019 Drovers Run 4WD Outback Adventure 4 -17 August from Broken Hill, attracting sponsorship for this worthy cause. During the evening there will be raffles and a guest speaker; Mr Bob Beasley who will talk about the evolution of fish. Bookings Ms Merrily Bell 0427 011 074. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the tucker, the talk, 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 10 June 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 10 June 2019

Tournament winner almost missed out

Photo caption: Heather Sutterby of Tura Beach showing her magnificent 64kg Yellowfin Tuna taken on 15Kg line, on Shockwave Captained by Brian Schofield of Eden.

Yes Heather there is a Father Christmas! Local angler Heather Sutterby loves game fishing but her fishing partner/Captain was overseas and Heather looked like being stranded for the Queens Birthday Merimbula Open. Heather emailed all and sundry as “Desperate and Boatless” but to no avail and it looked like there wasn’t a berth available until Brian Schofield one of the East Coasts master game anglers welcomed Heather to join him and his daughter Kaitlyn on board Shockwave. The rest is history. Heather caught her first ever Yellowfin Tuna and has become Tournament winner, congratulations. During the Tournament a second yellowfin of 52Kg was captured by Andrew Nelson co-captain of Deduction and one was tagged and released by John Rumbold on Snappy Tom Captained by Robert Wood. Two Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) were tagged and released and a variety of sharks; blue, mako and thresher were also tagged and released. Congratulations to all.

The artificial reefs are quiet at present as we await a new wave of bait fish to take up residence. Reef fishing has become a little more difficult with strong inshore currents off Merimbula. For snapper and morwong it is probably best to anchor and fish with a down dropper rig. Good snapper are still about Mowarry and Boyd’s Tower. There are good patches of ocean flathead off Bournda Island, near White Rock and Kianinny and north to Baronda Headland. Try at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda. Flathead remain plentiful in Merimbula Bay. Salmon are schooling off the beaches, Haycock and Tura in particular.

At Merimbula good fish remain on the chew including large tailor, trevally and bream. Of note is the return of garfish in the lower channel near Fishpen. Lots of luderick are schooling near the Merimbula Bridge. The Bega River remains open and trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge.

The fishing season for Trout closes for designated rivers and streams across NSW starting on Tuesday 11 June and re-opens in time for the October long weekend at midnight on Friday 4 October. Remaining open to anglers are popular winter fishing spots in dams which are stocked including Lakes Jindabyne, Eucumbene and Tantangara.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 14 June. 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!