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:

Keep your rods bent!