FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 1 APRIL 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 1 APRIL 2019

No April Fool’s joke just good fishing results for Merimbula Anglers

Photo caption: Finalist in the National Pirtek Fishing Challenge Merrily Bell of Tura Beach shows a magnificent 532cm Tailor taken in the channel at Merimbula.

This weekend the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club hosts the annual “Grudge Match” competition between itself and sister clubs; Eden, Pambula, and Wolumla. This friendly competition is a wonderful social event bringing together anglers from all our local clubs with Sunday’s lunch hosted this year by Merimbula. Won last year by Pambula, individual anglers offer their prize catches from a group of 24 individual local species towards the Grudge Match Trophy.

Congratulations to Member Ms Merrily Bell who was a finalist in the NSW section of the national Pirtek Fishing Challenge on 17 March. With the Challenge boasting more that 8,200 anglers from all over Australia Merrily achieved recognition with her very large tailor taken at Merimbula in the channel above the causeway bridge. Merrily has noted how close to her heart was the Pirtek Fishing Challenge’s support for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit at St Vicent’s Hospital.

Some excellent ocean flathead in the 50cm range are on the chew all along north of Tathra to the area of Baronda Headland. Try 13 fathoms. From Long Point and further north try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Tura Beach, Haycock and Aslings Beach are good for salmon, best on the rising tide morning and evening. Salted pilchards are excellent baits.

Some excellent Gummy shark have been taken during the full moon period south of Haycock along the edge of the Horseshoe reef, down south as far as the Pinnacles. Best bait is slimy mackerel with some good snapper and bronze whaler shark as by-catch. Try also soft plastic crabs, these the gummys can’t resist. Morwong and snapper are back on the chew. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Bait fish are plentiful inshore. Don’t forget the artificial reefs which are full with bait.

Luderick are really on the chew at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. Of note is Melbourne visitor Mario Borg’s double hook up of drummer. Calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick remain common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, plus garfish and some exceptionally large tailor, are available in the Merimbula channel. The bsest time is the start of the run in tide. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are also on the chew. Dusky flathead, bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 5 April March. 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 25 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 25 MARCH 2019

No April Fool’s joke just good fishing results for Merimbula Anglers

Photo caption: Brian and Kaitlyn Schofield of Shockwave receive the Merimbula Inaugural Billfish tournament first prize of $1,500 from event organizer Peter Haar.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament attracted 47 individual anglers. Launching out of; Merimbula, Quarantine Bay and Kianinny, over the three days of the tournament 9 boats successfully tagged and released gamefish, with 3 boats tagging striped marlin . Numerous dolphin fish (mahi mahi) featured, however no tuna or sharks were taken. Standout angler was team Shockwave’s 12yr old Kaitlyn Schofield of Eden who tagged and released three striped marlin on 15kg tackle. A student of Eden Marine High Kaitlyn is an outstanding angler and at age 10 achieved a world record for striped marlin on 15kg tackle, breaking the previous ladies record held for the past 22 years. Kaitlyn has also achieved the ladies world record for broadbill swordfish and Australian and NSW records for southern bluefin tuna. Captained by Ian Gullock, second place and a cheque for $1,000 went to team Three Phase out of Ballarat, Victoria. Team Spooky captained by event organiser Peter Haar was placed third with a prize of $500. The Club extends its congratulations to the winners and all those who fished the Tournament and looks to a successful repeat next year.

Good ocean flathead are on the chew all along from Long Point to Tathra and further north. Try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Bournda is also a good place for “rat” kingfish (undersize). Salmon and pilchards are excellent baits. Further north we are getting reports of chinamen leatherjackets virtually in plague proportions.

Reef dwellers morwong and snapper are back on the chew as the moon increases are expected to come back on the bite. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Bait fish are plentiful inshore. Soft plastics loped along the bottom can bring good results as well as pilchard baits on a paternoster rig. With the moon full, Gummy shark are also biting well along the reef edges. Sandy channels south of Haycock Point are worth trying, best results when anchored and trailing burley.
Luderick, drummer, tailor, salmon and kingfish are available off the headlands. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots for beach salmon remain Main beach at Merimbula, Haycock Beach and Aslings at Eden.

Luderick remain on the chew at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. A few calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick are common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, some exceptionally large tailor, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are also on the chew. Dusky flathead and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River. Try pilchards from the launching ramp jetty at dusk for bream.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 29 March. 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 WEEKENDING 18 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEKENDING 18 MARCH 2019

Inaugural Billfish Tournament this Weekend off Merimbula

Photo caption: Member Tim McConnachie shows a fine pair of Gummy Shark at the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club sponsored fish cleaning pontoon at Merimbula.

With benign weather conditions forecast for the coming weekend, Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament is poised for a very successful start. The Event runs for three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fishing commences at 7.00am on Friday until 5.00pm for each day until Sunday when it ceases at 3.00pm. Briefing for the Tournament will be at the Clubhouse on Thursday evening 21 March, doors open 6.30pm. Enquiries Peter Haar 0417 021 066. Marlin, tuna and dolphin fish (mahi mahi) are anticipated to star in the tournament as well as mako and bronze whaler sharks.

Ocean flathead are back on the chew all along from Long Point to Tathra and further north. Try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Garfish and pilchards are excellent baits.

Reef dwellers morwong and snapper have been a little quiet but as the moon increases are expected to come back on the bite. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Soft plastics loped along the bottom can bring good results as well as pilchard baits on a paternoster rig. Gummy shark are expected to be biting well along the reef edges. Sandy channels south of Haycock Point are worth trying, best results when anchored and trailing burley. Off the headlands local anglers have landed some fine drummer using cabbage. Luderick, tailor and salmon are also available off the headlands. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots for beach salmon remain Main beach at Merimbula, Haycock Beach and Aslings at Eden.

Luderick remain on the chew at Merimbula, best time the hour before dark. Frigate mackerel are seen occasionally at both the Tathra and Merimbula Wharfs together with the occasional kingfish. During the day anglers using bread burley attracted loads of mullet. A few calamari squid are available on dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick are common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel.

At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are on the chew. Dusky flathead, big bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 22 March. 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 11 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 11 MARCH 2019

Marlin have moved north from Eden to off Merimbula

Photo caption: 10 yr old Hunter Blackford of Frankston Vic shows a beautiful Mahi Mahi taken while game fishing for marlin off Merimbula.

The inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament will commence in just over a week’s time, 22-24 March. Briefing for the Tournament will be at the Clubhouse on Thursday evening 21 March, doors open 6.30pm. This is a new venture by MBGLAC designed to be run during the best part of the gamefish season and a large entry list is anticipated. Enquiries Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Mako sharks, bronze whalers and gummy sharks have featured during the Eden Amateur Fishing Clubs annual fishing competition. Congratulations to Member Robert Wood taking out first prize in his class with a 12.0Kg Gummy shark caught at Bitangabee. Ocean flathead seem to have moved northwards with only patchy catches reported around Merimbula but it is easy to bag out near Kianinny. Try as well any of the normal marks all the way north to Bithrys! Garfish and pilchards are excellent baits.

Some excellent morwong have been taken off Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef. Swarms of small couta sometimes make it a little difficult to get bait to the bottom. Snapper remain patchy at Hunter Reef, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef. Try also Lennards Island and North Head. Congratulations also to Member Dylan Smith with his winning salmon in the Eden competition of 2.83Kg. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots Aslings and Haycock Beaches.

Frigate mackerel are now circling both the Tathra and Merimbula Wharfs together with the occasional kingfish. Luderick remain on the chew at Merimbula, best time the hour before dark. During the day anglers using bread burley attracted loads of mullet. A few calamari squid are available on dusk. There are trevally, bream and luderick about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel.

At Pambula Lake good tailor, trevally, some salmon and mullet are on the chew. Dusky flathead, big bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River. Congratulations to Member Leon Leondiou who caught and released a 91.5cm Dusky at Mogareeka winning his class in Eden competition.

Interested persons are invited to achieve a short range operator certificate of proficiency (SROCP) in a single half day course. The Club is sponsoring a tutor for the course to be held this Sunday 17 March from 12.00pm. For further information contact Martin Bartlett on 0418 331 242.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 15 March. 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 4 MARCH 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 4 MARCH 2019

Marlin have moved north from Eden to off Merimbula

Photo caption: Club Member 8yr old Kade Jenkins of Berrambool shows his lovely spotted flounder taken in Merimbula Lake.

With the inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament just on two weeks away, 22-24 March, it is really exciting to get reports that marlin have moved north from Eden waters to lie just off Merimbula. Try the first drop off. Briefing for the Billfish Tournament will be at the Clubhouse on Thursday evening 21 March, commencing 6.30pm. This is a new venture by MBGLAC designed to be run during the best part of the gamefish season and a large entry list is anticipated. Enquiries Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

For prospective shark control and to better understand how the technology works in different coastal areas and operating environments, the NSW Department of Primary Industries has commenced an eight week trial of SMART drumline technology off Merimbula. SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) drumlines are state-of-the-art technology that differ greatly from traditional drumlines as they allow sharks to be caught, tagged, relocated 1km offshore, and released alive. With only a single fish bait this technology is not a shark attractor. This trial is in addition to the shark listening station currently operating around 500m off Merimbula beach. This is the visible yellow buoy, which can detect tagged sharks that swim within 500m of the unit and alert DPI’s SharkSmart app and Twitter.
Reports that ocean flathead are really on the chew abound and some very large fish are being landed. Don’t forget the bag limit is 10. Try any of the normal marks from Long Point all the way north to Bithrys! Also try the marks off the lookout in Quarantine Bay at Eden. There are good tiger flathead in deeper waters try Greencape at 20 fathoms.

Snapper remain at Hunter Reef, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef. Try also Lennards Island and North Head. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots Aslings and Haycock Beaches.

Frigate Mackerel are circling the Tathra Wharf together with “Rat” Kingfish (undersized below 65cm length). Some kingfish are reported at the Merimbula Wharf with some salmon and tailor moving around. Luderick remain on the chew at Merimbula, best time the hour before dark. Plastic lures are now used by most anglers. There are trevally, bream and luderick about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Kingfish in Merimbula Lake near the entrance channel are giving anglers some real excitement, look for bird activity and try spinning hard body lures. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel.

At Pambula Lake good tailor, trevally, some salmon and mullet are on the chew. Dusky flathead, big bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

Interested persons are invited to achieve a short range operator certificate of proficiency (SROCP) in a single half day course. The Club is sponsoring a tutor for the course to be held on Sunday 17 March from 12.00pm. For further information contact Martin Bartlett on 0418 331 242.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 8 March. 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 25 FEBRUARY 2019

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 FEBRUARY 2019

Full Moon has seen a great run of school Gummy Shark.

Photo caption: Les Tudberry Member shows his first ever Gummy Shark taken at Horseshoe Reef off Merimbula.

Interested persons are invited to achieve a short range operator certificate of proficiency (SROCP) in a single half day course. The Club is sponsoring a tutor for the course to be held on Sunday 17 March from 12.00pm. For further information contact Martin Bartlett on 0418 331 242.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is gearing up for its inaugural Billfish Tournament to be held in just three weeks time 22-24 March. This is a new venture by MBGLAC designed to be run in the best part of the gamefish season and a large entry list is anticipated. Target fish are marlin as well as yellowfin tuna. Enquiries Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Great ocean flathead are reported from off Bournda Island at 17 fathoms. Flathead are now well on the chew at the regular grounds. Tura Golf Course, Tura Headland, and north of Kianinny up to Bithry Inlet are good spots. Don’t forget the marks off the lookout in Quarantine Bay.

Good snapper remain at Hunter Reef, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef. Try soft plastics jigged up and down near the bottom. Try also Lennards Island and North Head. Congratulations to member Les Tudberry for his first ever gummy shark (flake) and a beauty it is, see photo. Big gummy shark are schooling south of Haycock beside the Horseshoe Reef. Whiting remain off Main Beach Merimbula opposite Fishpen. Best results from beach worms. Beach salmon are sporadic; best spots Aslings and Haycock Beaches.

At the headlands as well as the wharf areas at both Tathra and Merimbula “Rat” Kingfish (undersized below 65cm length), salmon and tailor are moving around. Good calamari squid are being landed at the wharfs depending on prevailing wind direction. Luderick remaining on the chew at Merimbula, morning and evening, try using plastic lures. There are trevally, bream and luderick about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel. Some good bream are reported from the main lake and there are schooling tailor available.
Estuary fish are relatively slow breeders so take what you need to eat and release the rest. Good tailor, trevally and mullet are prolific at Pambula Lake. Dusky flathead, big bream and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River.

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