Yellowfin last week, Bluefin this week! Anglers strike gold with prize Bluefin tuna off Merimbula.

Photo Caption: 9yr old Harley Walker holds his largest ever Albacore, caught more than 60km off Tathra.

Congratulations to MBGLAC game fishing members Heather Sutterby and Robert Wood who both landed magnificent bluefin tuna last Sunday fishing out of Robert’s trailer boat “Snappy Tom” at the second drop off some 50km out of Merimbula. Heathers bluefin weighed in at 44kg and Rob’s at 34.5kg.

Congratulations also to junior member 9 yr old Harley Walker who landed a line class 8.9Kg albacore from Cory Walker’s vessel Ice Man, last Sunday. Albacore catches were also reported from Seamode and Flying Hell Fish.

With visitors flocking in during the school holidays we repeat advice to take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows where there was once the main channel. Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous. Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

Anglers are reporting good snapper and morwong from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Great snapper up to 3.5kg are reported with the big ones preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

With the Clubs “Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition” now underway we can report that there are some fine kingfish and lots of slimy mackerel at the Eden Cruise wharf plus some large trevally. Best results from soft plastics and casting out towards the piles. Even though the waters are cooling there are still some good dusky flathead, particularly at Mogareeka since the Bega River closed. Tailor remain very active in the Merimbula Top Lake and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon are available off Bar Beach at the entrance to Merimbula Lake and remain in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake. Salmon are also running well at Haycock and North Tura beaches.

The MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition is open to all children, with free entry. With a prize pool of $400 Juniors (under 16yrs) and Small Fry (under 11 yrs) are all eligible for prizes from a suite of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. Entry is free, just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackle World Merimbula) plus some record sheets. Full details from Tackle World or the Clubs Website and you are in it to win it! The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

With July already here the Club’s Salmon Sunday scheduled for 12 July will soon be with us; a great early morning fish then a lovely social BBQ. We are also pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons, reservations are recommended, or at least a phone call prior to you leaving home. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!