Game Fishos having the time of their lives

Photo caption: 4 year old Club Member Lachlan Wilkins of Bairnsdale shows his Trevally taken in Pambula Lake last Saturday.

Game fishing anglers report time-of-a-lifetime angling for Southern Bluefin Tuna well out past the continental shelf off Merimbula. Fish have been captured and also tag and released from boil-ups where fish are literally snapping lures out of anglers fingers!

Flathead anglers are bagging out off Baronda Headland and northwards to Bithry’s north from Kianniny. Best depth seems to be at 15-17 fathoms. All you need is a good drift, a paternoster rig and fresh fish for bait. Flathead are also active off White Rock and Kianinny. Try also off Tura Headland and Bournda Island. The best snapper and morwong are coming from the gravelly areas beside the main reefs. Try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe reefs as well as Lennards, further south and of course North Head and the Boyd’s Tower reef out of Eden. Try anchoring and using a burley bomb set near the bottom. For snapper the best results usually come from a “floating” pilchard on snelled hooks. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem, best to just move to another spot. Good Tailor and salmon are also schooling off the beaches; Aslings at Eden and Haycock and Tura in particular. Using bread burley some excellent garfish can be brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar.

The Merimbula Back Lake has cooled considerably to about 13 degrees and dusky flathead have really slowed down. In the front lake the run-in from the sea is about 5 degrees warmer and a great time for trevally and bream over the shallows on the last part of the tide. Keep in mind the deeper channels stay cool. At Pambula; trevally, bream, tailor and good size mullet remain on the bite. Soft plastics and prawns are both effective. Reports from the Bega River, which has closed, include some large whiting along the shallows. Best results when the wind ruffles the surface, try poppers and soft plastics. Soft plastics give good results for bream along the rock wall up-river from the launching ramp. Small tailor, a few bream and dusky flathead can also be found further up river where the water is a little warmer.

The Club’s next event is the popular social: Salmon Sunday to be held at Haycock Beach on Sunday 14 July. Club members are preparing for a great BBQ as well sharpening their gang hooks and looking forward to an early morning fish off the beach.

The Club in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 5 July from 6.30pm. Come and enjoy the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Visitors are very welcome. 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!