FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 NOVEMBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 NOVEMBER 2020

Breaks in the Weather Get Anglers Back in Business

Caption: Club Member Judy Grills of Inverell with a lovely salmon taken trolling a silver spinner in the lower Merimbula Lake channel.

The Clubs next major event is the ever popular Tri Estuary Challenge to be held next week end 21 & 22 November. The Tri Estuary is open to all comers and they may fish in all or any of our three main estuaries; Bega, Merimbula and Pambula for a total of more than 30 prizes. There are four fish species eligible for prizes bream , dusky flathead , trevally and tailor. Naturally MBGLAC supports catch and release angling with prizes based on DPI brag mat photographs of fish length. Due to Covid-19 restrictions briefing and entries will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday evening 20 November commencing 4.00pm till 7.00pm. Entries and briefing will be done in batches of 20 to fit the club’s social distancing set-up. So we ask for all to come early and to be patient. Full details on the Club’s Website www.mbglac.com.au. Commensurate with Covid-19 restrictions entry fees have been halved this year to $25 per person with juniors free entry when accompanied by an adult.

Boaters leaving and entering the Merimbula Lake need to be especially careful now as there is shallow sand bar directly out from the green starboard marker at the lake entrance and last weekend there were some boats stuck on the bar. We again advise that the Merimbula entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

A few days of more settled weather has seen boaters able to get outside and amongst the flathead. Try off Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18-20 fathoms. Some good snapper have reported from the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at Boyds Tower out of Eden. In the same areas, some big gummy sharks have excited local anglers. Best bait salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.

Inshore best results are coming from Australian salmon, the channels at Merimbula and Pambula are both productive. Simple silver spinners trolled give good results. Kingfish are reported together with the salmon in the Merimbula Channel. It is probably now the time for big kingfish to frequent the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew. Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest. Dusky flathead have graced the shallows of the lower lake at Merimbula and good fish have been taken on soft plastics at Mitchies and Beach Street.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in all three estuaries, Bega, Merimbula and Pambula. Available are good salmon, trevally, dusky flathead and bream. With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.

Keep your rods bent!

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 26 OCTOBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 26 OCTOBER 2020

Yes Fish do Bite while its Raining.

Caption: Merrily Bell Social Secretary presents the magnificent Mex Williams Memorial Fishing trophy to Club President Pete Haar for taking out the Wonboyn competition with a lovely catch and release 62cm Dusky Flathead.

The recent wet and windy weather conditions has favored whale watching, as the whales are much more active when the sea is noisy. Naturally enough our gamefish anglers have been kept at anchor. The seas temperatures are rising however and we look forward to the summer marlin season.

The Clubs annual trip away to Wonboyn Lake Resort cannot but be described as an overall success notwithstanding the rain, winds and strict social distancing due to Covid-19. TV was on display on Saturday and Sunday nights for a weekend full of grand finals while the keen anglers showed Wonboyn produces even while the rain falls. What we can say is the river is flush with large healthy bream and there are some lovely dusky flathead all the way up the river. Club President Peter Haar caught the winning dusky on his first serious attempt at using soft plastics. The Club mandates that bream and dusky flathead are released for Leader Board entries to be accepted, maintaining these wonderful fish alive. Congratulations to Robert Wood for his magnificent 42cm bream.

For those who ventured offshore ocean flathead have come back onto the chew. Try off Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18 fathoms. Some good snapper and morwong reported from off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best bait pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.

Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake, troll with silver spinners. There are salmon out on our beaches and headlands. Great places to fish during SW winds. Best spots Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches. Pilchards and ganged hooks seem to bring the best returns.

Red worm soft plastics at the Club’s Spencer Park jetty will see good returns of trevally. Soft plastics are a must for good results in both Merimbula and Pambula estuaries. Available are good trevally, occasional salmon and bream. In the Broadwater at Pambula and the Top Lake at Merimbula water temperatures are rising and we are now getting some response from whiting and dusky flathead. The Bega River remains fairly dirty after the recent rains.

The MBGLAC Club Room will certainly be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. The Club’s annual presentation for sand and reef anglers is scheduled for 1 November.

MBGLAC 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 19 OCTOBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 19 OCTOBER 2020

Inclement Spring Weather continues to restrict offshore angling.

Caption: In the MBGLAC Clubhouse Paul Jones passes onto Heather Sutterby some of her outstanding Gamefishing Awards.

The Clubs held its game fishing awards last Sunday, meeting with social distancing requirements at the Clubhouse and with major prizes sponsored by Kane McKill Tree Services. Congratulations to Heather Sutterby who took out the Club’s award for the heaviest Yellowfin Tuna (64.5kg) also highest point score Capture plus Most Meritorious Tuna and highest point score Tag & Release. Congratulations also to Ross Cooper who achieved the heaviest Other Game Fish award with a beautiful 100.5kg bluefin tuna and special congratulations to Emma Pollock winning the Junior point score for Tag & Release. The Club’s presentations for other anglers is scheduled for 1 November.

Most game fishing activity remained subdued during the recent wet and windy weather. These conditions do favour whale watching as the whales are much more active when the sea is noisy. Whales continue southwards and some spectacular sightings are reported. We note the Eden Whale Festival will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic

October is the month when ocean flathead come back onto the chew. Try off our normal spots from Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are also returning to the bite with some good fish reported from off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best bait pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs. Closer to Merimbula, gummy shark are about. Congratulations to Les Tudberry for his lovely gummy taken on the inshore side of the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock.

At Merimbula boaters need to be extra cautious as the entrance continues to change due to shifting sand bars and spits. A new spit has developed from Mitchies towards Spencer Park. Travel with care.

Red worm soft plastics at the Club’s Spencer Park jetty will see good returns of trevally. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake, troll with silver spinners. There are salmon out on our beaches and headlands. Great places to fish during SW winds. Best spots Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches. Pilchards and ganged hooks seem to bring the best returns.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in both Merimbula and Pambula estuaries, lots of burley will certainly help. Available are good trevally, occasional salmon and bream. In the Broadwater at Pambula and the Top Lake at Merimbula water temperatures are rising and we are now getting some response from Dusky Flathead. Best to try Mogareeka for dusky flathead and salmon as the Bega River remains fairly dirty after the recent rains.

The MBGLAC Club Room will not be open this coming Friday evening while the Club celebrates its annual trip away at the Wonboyn Lake Resort and its members compete in The Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition 2020. This is purely a social event with a trophy commemorating Mex Williams for the longest catch and release dusky flathead. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC 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 12 OCTOBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 12 OCTOBER 2020

Inclement Spring Weather Keeps most Anglers in the Estuaries

Caption: Small fry Club Champion Logan Walker 7yes, his father Cory Walker and junior Club Champion Jackson Anthill with their championship awards.

The Clubs annual awards are being staged in three sessions to meet with social distancing requirements with major prizes sponsored by Kane McKill Tree Services. Last Saturday small fry and juniors received their awards. Congratulations to 7yr old Small Fry Champion Logan Walker and Junior Champion 12 year old Jackson Anthill. While he was there father Cory Walker was also awarded his Lake and Estuary Champion trophy. Other junior awards include; Maddison Richie 11 with the longest Brown Trout, Elise Walker 6 with the longest Salmon, Harley Walker 9 with the longest Bream. Thanks also to Tackleworld Merimbula who back us and our Juniors at every opportunity. Our Presentation for Game Fishers is scheduled for 18 October and remainder on 1 November.

The inclement Spring weather has subdued most game fishing activity although there is a report to hand of bluefin tuna passing Eden. Whales continue southwards and some spectacular sightings are reported.

Good size ocean flathead are coming onto the chew off our normal spots from Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Try 18 fathoms for best results.
Snapper and morwong are also returning to the bite with some good fish taken on micro jigs off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are about on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef.

At Merimbula the entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide. A new spit is developing from Mitchies towards Spencer Park and already the red port exit buoy near Mitchies has been stranded. Travel with care.

Australian salmon have been taken from the Fishing Club jetty at Spencer Park. Best results with copious burley and pilchard bait. Red worm soft plastics in the same area will see good returns of trevally. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake, troll with silver spinners. Salmon seem to have finished spawning and are now out on our beaches and headlands. Great places to fish during SW winds. Best spots Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches. Pilchards and ganged hooks seem to bring the best returns. There are also sizeable salmon at the end of the new tourist jetty at Eden. Dusky flathead are becoming active and both Merimbula and Pambula Lakes are producing.

The Pambula River remains a reliable venue during the windy weather with salmon, tailor and trevally on the chew. Congratulations to Giddy Brandauer fishing with Merrily Bell, taking some lovely salmon. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards. The Bega River is fairly dirty again after the recent rains. Best to try Mogareeka for dusky flathead and salmon.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC 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 OCTOBER 2020

FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 5 OCTOBER 2020

Stunning Snapper on the Go for Anglers

Caption: Dedicated angler Adam Bamford of Merimbula shows a magnificent snapper taken near the Boyds Tower Reef.

The East Australian Current has moved closer in to the coast and southerly trending currents of 2-3kts, while assisting the whales in their migration to Antarctica, have made it difficult for boaters to fish favourite snapper and gummy spots.

Of interest is the prevalence of a local sub species of snapper – smaller than most other snapper particularly those from further north and Victoria and South Australia. Recent scientific studies, passed on to us by the DPI, confirms that there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east 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. This means that our local snapper are older weight-for-age and just like long lived orange ruffy, possibly the better table fish. The snapper shown above is clearly a visitor typical of the larger species in Victoria.

Snapper and morwong are certainly returning to the bite with some good fish taken on micro jigs off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. We have reports that the best fish are well offshore in depths of 25 fathoms or more. Flathead are beginning to stir and some good fish have been taken in deeper waters off Short Point, try 20 fathoms. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are shoaling on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef.

Marine Rescue NSW has advised that the long weekend just passed was the start of the summer boating season and they advise the availability of an App for boaters to log on and off for their trips. At Merimbula the entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide. Already moving sands have stranded the red port exit buoy near Mitchies jetty. We are also advised that Maritime Services are tightening up inspections of safety gear for the summer season with fines to be issued instead of warnings. And last but not least the NSW trout season has commenced.

Australian salmon have been spawning in the lower parts of the Merimbula and Pambula channels and tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake. Salmon are now out on our beaches and headlands. Great places to fish during SW winds. Anglers have bagged out at Aslings Beach near the top of the tide, try the cemetery area using ganged pilchards.

The lower part of the Merimbula Channel is host to great trevally, some tailor and flounder. Best results from red worm soft plastics. Congratulations to Life Member Robert Wood showing us all how to catch trevally. The Pambula River remains a reliable venue during the windy weather with salmon, tailor and trevally on the chew. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards. Dusky flathead are becoming active.

The Bega River remains open and the waters are now much cleaner than when muddied by the past rains. Bream are moving down river past Thompsons and there are a few beside the rockwall up from the ramp. Dusky flathead are back on the prowl at Mogareeka.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC 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!