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!

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 3 June 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 3 June 2019

Game FIsh abound for  Merimbula Open

Photo caption: Successful Gamefishing; Peter Haar and crew with a pair of magnificent Bluefin Tuna.

This Friday 7 June heralds the start of the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s new format Merimbula Open which is scheduled for four days over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Before the recent blast of winter weather we had seen some really exciting bust-ups of yellowfin tuna out at the shelf as well as fortuitous captures of broadbill swordfish by deep drop anglers fishing for blue eye and harpuka. Perhaps we are looking at the return of the good old days of plentiful yellowfin? The four day tournament includes Yellowfin, Bluefin, Shark, Marlin, Broadbill and Spearfish. With better weather forecast, competitors will definitely have a chance to catch and tag & release any one of these species and there is some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer. Briefing and final entries are on Thursday evening 6 June at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park from 6.30pm. During the tournament refreshments will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings and there will be a Tournament dinner at the Tura Beach Country Club on Sunday from 6.30pm. Trophy and Prize Presentation will be held at approximately 5.00pm on Monday 10 June.

Snapper have remained on the chew predominantly along our southern reef areas; Green Cape, Mowarry and Boyd’s Tower in particular. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs continue; including White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and North Head. 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. In Merimbula Bay flathead are plentiful but not overly large. Some good salmon have been landed along the northern part of Tura Beach opposite Wallagoot Lake. Squid remain a staple of Tura Headland.

There are lots of yellowfin bream near the oyster leases off Fishpen. Remember the bag limit is 10 and the possession limit 20. In the main channel good fish remain on the chew including large tailor and trevally. Lots of luderick are schooling near the Merimbula Bridge, however as the weather cools dusky flathead are slowing down. An explanation re Wallagoot Lake; It is open to commercial netting and recreational fishing, it remains closed to the ocean. At Wallagoot good tailor and snapper are available. Look for the tailor bust-ups feeding on whitebait and the snapper will be beneath. The Bega River remains open and good dusky flathead, trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge. Up river near Bega, large European carp are already a problem.

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 27 May 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 27 May 2019

Merrily snaps up top prize in Annual Classic

Photo caption: Ms Merrily Bell receives her prize from Club Secretary and event coordinator Chris Young for taking out the senior section of the Clubs annual Snapper Classic.

Last weekend saw the running of the annual Merimbula Snapper Classic supported jointly by Tackleworld Merimbula and Goodyear Merimbula. With excellent weather conditions typical of late autumn, 40 anglers fished from dawn to dark along our coastal reefs between Kianinny and Green Cape. It was at Green Cape that member Ms Merrily Bell of Tura Beach, fishing with second place getter Robert Wood from his vessel Snappy Tom, landed the longest snapper of 502mm taking out the competition. Her prize was; $400 cash, a $100 Goodyear voucher and a Tackle World rod reel snapper combo. Congratulations to Merrily and Robert. Third place was filled by Chris Young. The top juniors were Cooper Keller with Nicholas Grobbelaar runner up. All prizes are based on fish length photographed on a DPI brag mat so that catch and release is the by-word. The longest team bag length for 5 fish of 2.278 metres went to Team “Once Bitten” captained by member Tony Brown.

Out at the shelf the past week has seen some really exciting bust ups of yellowfin tuna. Reports from Bermagui are that Bernie Sillis in his vessel Mr Hooker has landed yellowfin and Paul Jones out of Merimbula confirms the widespread action. Does this herald a return to the good old days of plentiful yellowfin? This plus the movement of broadbill swordfish into Merimbula waters makes an outstanding setting for the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s new format Merimbula Open which is scheduled for 7-10 June with some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer. Check out the MBGLAC website.

Ocean flathead appear to have slowed down due to a small drop in water temperatures which now rest at 17-18 degrees. Try at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda Headland. Merimbula Bay carrys good stocks of smaller fish. Snapper are prolific along our southern reef areas; Boyds Tower, Mowarry and Green Cape in particular. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and North Head continue. Shark activity along the reefs seem to be increasing with anglers reporting a number of break offs.

In the estuaries good fish remain on the chew including large tailor, trevally and bream near Fishpen. Near the Merimbula bridge there are also lots of luderick and occasional schools of salmon. Even though it is closed Wallagoot Lake continues to source tailor and good snapper. The Bega River remains open and good dusky flathead, trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 31 May – yes the last day of autumn! 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 20 May 2019

Fishing Report for the Week Ending 20 May 2019

Merimbula Snapper Classics this weekend 

Photo caption: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach shows a lovely plus 2 kg snapper taken off Eden.

Deep drop anglers fishing the waters beyond the edge of the continental shelf are bringing up more than expected with a run of broadbill swordfish off Merimbula. Congratulations to Members Stewart Jeffrey, for a magnificent 118Kg fish taken last Saturday and Clinton Bush who fishing alone caught and boated a beautiful fish last Sunday which weighed in at 87.5Kg. This is great news for the forthcoming Merimbula Open scheduled for 7-10 June with some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer.

Water temperatures have dropped a degree or two and now rest at 17-18 degrees. This appears to have slowed down our local flathead and catches are not as good as a week or so past. Try at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda Headland. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and Mowarry Point continue. Some nice gummy shark lie off the reef edges and have really fired up during the full moon. Anglers are having a difficult time with chinamen leatherjackets. Best advice is to move away.

Off the beaches salmon are also slow but some good bream are reported from the gutters at north Tura Beach near the headland. At the Merimbula Fishing platform calamari squid have become scarce until after dark.

In the estuaries water temperatures are starting to cool and are now below 19 degrees, however good fish remain on the chew including large tailor, trevally and bream near Fishpen. Near the Merimbula bridge there are also lots of luderick. The luderick are best caught with green weed as bait or artificial weed flys made with fine plastic. 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.

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 entries and briefing on Friday evening 24 May.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 24 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 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!