FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 13 JUNE 2022

Gale Strength Winds Offshore Force Cancellation of Merimbula Open Tournament.

Leanne Hoath of Merimbula shows a magnificent tailor taken from the edge of the Merimbula channel at Spencer Park.

The Club apologises for cancelling the annual Merimbula Open over the Queens Birthday weekend but will not run any event that may be unsafe due to gale strength winds.  We look forward now to a bigger and better event next year.

It’s on again; the Winter School Holidays Junior Fishing Competition.  For all those under 16 yrs.  With 20 prizes, valued at over $1,000 and lots of fishing goodies available.

The competition commences on Saturday 25 June and finishes on Friday 15 July.  Entry forms and all details are available from both Tackle World Merimbula and Complete Angler from Thursday 22 June.  Each entry which includes a bag of goodies plus a DPI brag mat is $5 per person and $10 per family.  Prizes will be awarded for the longest of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, tailor, Australian salmon and trevally. There will also be “how to catch” workshops run by experienced anglers at the MBGLAC Clubrooms, Spencer Park, Merimbula from 10am till noon on both the 4th  and  11th July.  Booking not necessary but juniors must be accompanied by an adult.

The Bega Valley Shire Council has advised that the Merimbula Fishing Platform will be closed for structural improvement and maintenance works from Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 28 June.  This coincides with the Sea Urchin cull planned by local divers for this weekend 18-19 June.  Luckily divers should be able to access the water without using the wharf. 

The cull is a community program aimed to improve the marine habitat around the Fishing Platform by reducing the number of spiny sea urchins.  This project is funded for a three year period by a grant from the Recreational Fishing Trust (DPI).  Here at the wharf and up and down the coast, sea urchins (C.rodgersii) are wiping out the seaweed (kelp) habitat and leaving a barren rock “moonscape” in their wake.  It is believed that a reduction of urchin numbers would alleviate grazing pressure resulting in the recolonisation of barrens habitat by kelp and over time, enhance the quality of the local fish habitat. 

Participants:  the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club Inc,   the Abalone Association of NSW, the Atlas of Life community, the Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant and Local volunteers.

 With strong SW winds during the past week there has not been a lot of outside fishing though good snapper and a few morwong remain on the bite along the shoreline and local reefs.  Try casting large soft plastics from the headlands.  As well there are Australian salmon, tailor, drummer and calamari off the headlands and the Merimbula Wharf.   Anglers fishing the more sheltered Boyds Tower Reef area out from Eden report lots of bonito plus some large kingfish.  Ocean flathead can be found out from Kianinny and off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.  Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

 Downstream of the Merimbula bridge there has been swarms of good Australian salmon plus tailor and trevally.  Best at change of tide using pumped nippers or soft plastics. 

There are also good size tailor in the Top Lake together with the occasional kingfish.   The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor continues in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  Cleaner waters in the Bega River is an encouraging sign for the winter bream season.

The Club will be open on Friday 17 June from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.

Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 6 JUNE 2022

The Club’s Merimbula Open is scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Heather Sutterby of Tura Beach shows her lovely Yellowfin Tuna taken off
Merimbula.

The Club’s Merimbula Open is scheduled for the coming Queen’s Birthday Weekend    with a prize pool exceeding $13,000 cash plus goods for seniors and juniors.  First prize for the heaviest yellowfin tuna is $3,000.  Second prize is $1,250 and third $800.  The prize for the heaviest shark is $550.  There is a prize of $500 for the heaviest bluefin tuna. There are also cash prizes for tag & release of yellowfin and bluefin at $500 and sharks at $400.  With benign conditions there is expected to be a great return from offshore tuna fishing.  Should the weather be inclement then sharks are the target closer in to shore.

Good snapper and a few morwong remain on the bite along our local reefs.  Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, Boyds Tower reef and Mowarry.   There are Australian salmon, tailor, drummer and calamari off the headlands and the Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf).  Ocean flathead can be found out from Kianinny,  off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.  Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

There iare good size tailor in the Top Lake at Merimbula together with the occasional kingfish.  Downstream of the Merimbula bridge good Australian salmon, tailor and trevally are available.  Best at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.

The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor continues in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  

Up in the hills members have returned lovely brown trout from the Eucumbene River.  This river is classified as a trout spawning stream and may only be fished with fly or lure.  It will be closed to taking fish from Tuesday after the Queen’s Birthday long weekend until midnight of the last Friday before the October (Labour Day) long weekend.

Waters in the Bega River are running much cleaner now and up from Blackfellows lagoon dusky flathead are plentiful and bream are beginning to bite.  As the waters cool we expect a good bream season in this part of the river.  Around the Mogareeka Bridge try for dusky flathead, bream, Australian salmon and tailor. 

The Club will be open on Friday 10 June from 6.00pm for the Merimbula Open Entry and Briefing.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.

Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing see the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 30 MAY 2022

Lovely Autumn Fishing Conditions have blessed Sapphire Coast.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Annual Seafood Dinner Enjoyed by Members and their Friends last Saturday Evening.

Following the difficult Covid years MBGLAC was once again able to enjoy its magnificent Annual Seafood Dinner at the Clubhouse.  Fully booked and catered to by Sapphire Coast Eats and together with local oysters and Club caught fresh ocean flathead plus gorgeous Australian prawns, what can be said, apart that an outstanding evening was had by all.

It’s now time to make bookings for the Merimbula Open scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend 11-13 June.  Entry is available through the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au .  The convergence of currents and migration patens sees lovely 30kg plus Yellowfin tuna now off Bermagui and Bluefin tuna now off Mallacouta.  All should arrive off Merimbula where bait fish are prolific in time for an extraordinary tournament.

Fishing for the Club’s annual dinner showed us that ocean flathead are a bit patchy but available off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.  Out from Kianinny and to the north off Cowdrys are also good spots for flathead.   Good snapper and a few morwong remain on the bite along our local reefs; White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, Boyds Tower reef and Mowarry.   There are Australian salmon, tailor and calamari off the headlands and the Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf).  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

 Downstream of the Merimbula bridge good Australian salmon, tailor and trevally are available.  Best at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics. No shortage of good size tailor in the Top Lake together with an occasional kingfish.  Chase the birds and try silver spinners.  The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor continues in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics up from near the entrance.  

 Around the Mogareeka Bridge try for Australian salmon and tailor.  Some lovely bream and trevally are available up river from the bridge, using pumped nippers.  

 The Club will be open on Friday 3 June from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing.  

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 23 MAY 2022

Large Schools of Yellowfin out from Green Cape.

Jasper Dulhunty of Millingandi shows one of the winning snappers from last week’s Snapper Classic.

Large schools of yellowfin tuna have excited anglers out from Green Cape.  The yellowfin are moving southwards within the East Australian Current and may now have left our waters but lots more are anticipated during late May and early June.  Don’t forget the Club’s Merimbula Open scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday weekend 11-13 June.  

 Winners of the Club’s annual Snapper Classic caught fish of much larger size (up to 73.8cm) than usual in our waters (see Caption) and which are more typical of the larger breed common to Victorian waters.  Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms the observations of DPI fisheries officer Matt Proctor of Eden; that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Sapphire Coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock.  The two stocks meet and mix around Eden in southern NSW. 

Mr Proctor considers local snapper to be plentiful but they tend to be smaller than those in Victoria or to the north that are of similar age.  This means that our local snapper though smaller are older weight-for-age than their Victorian cousins.  It’s not too late to get amongst these beauties with good snapper on the chew all along the coast from Long Point to Green Cape.  Try 7 inch pink/blue soft plastics or pilchard and squid baits on a Paternoster rig.

Local waters have not cooled much and some large ocean flathead remain available off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.    There are Calamari, Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands and the Merimbula Fishing Platform (Wharf).  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Fish the Merimbula Lake channel downstream of the bridge at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics for good Australian salmon, tailor and trevally.  Add kingfish to the list in the Merimbula Top Lake.  The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics up from near the entrance.  

Try for Australian salmon and Tailor around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target dusky flathead with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Some lovely bream and trevally  are available up river from the bridge, using pumped nippers.  

The Club will be open on Friday 27 May from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 

Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 MAY 2022

Snapper galore bless Merimbula Waters

Ben Thelan of Tathra, winner of the Merimbula Snapper Classic receives the $600 cash prize for his magnificent 73.8cm snapper from Club Vice president Alan Wilkins.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic was run last weekend in relatively benign conditions.  Good snapper were available all along the coast from Tathra to Green Cape.  Hotspot for the Classic was between Haycock Reef and North Head.  Possibly attracted by the snapper activity entrant David Harvey reported being circled a few times by a very inquisitive 5m long white pointer of Lennards Island.  Darryl Williams also caught and released a very large gummy shark at the Horseshoe Reef. 

First and third snapper prize went to team Ben Thelan (73.8cm) and Jasper Dulhunty (66.5cm) who fished from the smallest boat in the competition (a tinny) along the shoreline near Haycock and Hunter rock reef using large 7-8cm soft plastics.  Second place went to Brendan Galea for his 66.5cm fish taken at North Head in 25m depth.  Brendan along with his Father Joe also won the $400 boat prize for the longest bag of 5.  Brendan and Joe used a mix of soft plastics and bait with the biggest fish responding to bait. 

Corey Walker fishing alone near Boyd’s Tower took out the Individual prize for the longest bag of 5.  Juniors were not represented and junior prizes will be kept in trust for next year’s Classic.

Game fishing activity at the edge of the Continental Shelf continues unabated and some lovely striped marlin have been tagged and released by local game anglers.  With an early capture there is growing interest in the coming tuna season and the Club’s annual Merimbula Open to be held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend of 11-13 June.  

Some large ocean flathead remain active off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.    There are Calamari, Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands, try Tura Headland with soft plastics and squid jigs.  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake include trevally, sea mullet, Australian salmon, tailor and dusky flathead.  Fish the channel downstream of the bridge at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.   The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling near the entrance and out the front.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Some lovely bream, trevally and whiting  are available on the south side up river from the bridge, using pumped nippers.

The Club will be open on Friday 20 May from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.

Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 MAY 2022

Snapper on the chew portends well for the weekends Snapper Classic.

Andrew Badullovich shows a lovely local snapper taken using a micro jig off Long Point.

Lovely Autumn weather continues to favour game fishing activity at the edge of the Continental Shelf.  Marlin have been tagged and released by local game fishers out of Merimbula and there are some nice Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) at the FAD.  With some early sightings, there is growing interest in the coming tuna season.  

Some large ocean flathead and gummy shark remain active off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.   Snapper are biting at White Rock out of Kianniny, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, the Boyds Tower reef area at Eden and all down past Mowarry. 

Best results when anchored and using burley with either; soft plastics, micro jigs and pilchard or squid baits.  Try 15-20 fathoms.   There are Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands, try Tura Headland with soft plastics.  Squid have returned, try using No3. squid jigs.  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge.   Trevally, Sea mullet, Australian salmon, tailor and dusky flathead are available.  Try at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.  The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling near the entrance and out the front.  Anything from poppers to small white bait soft plastics work well.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Up river towards Thompsons some lovely bream are available on the south side, using pumped nippers.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic sponsored through a BVSC community grant program, Eden Outboards and by Tackle World, has a total prize pool of $3,000.  The Classic will be run this weekend 14 and 15 May, with briefing on the evening of 13 May.

Last Friday’s Presentation for the Monthly Species Event saw Lindon Thompson rewarded for the largest Trevally, followed up by Stuart Green and Junior Logan Walker.  Try for snapper in May.

The Club will be open on Friday 13 May from 4.00pm to accommodate the Snapper Classic briefing and entries.  Make sure you get your fishing token for the Snapper Classic.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.

Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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