Warmer waters still bringing in the Marlin

Photo caption: Local Merimbula Lad 9yr old Alex Daly shows his lovely Calamari Squid taken at the Merimbula Wharf at sunset on Easter Sunday.

Game Fishers out of Merimbula and Eden enjoyed the Easter break with numerous tag and released striped marlin rerecorded showing the East Australian Current is continuing to feed warmer waters southwards. The upwelling of nutrient rich cold currents along the edge of the Continental Shelf mixing with the EAC supports large shoals of baitfish, mainly slimy mackerel, which are targeted by marlin and tuna.

Ocean Sand flathead remain a staple with catches all along the coast, with probably Tura Headland near Merimbula and Baronda Headland north of Kianinny the most productive at 15-17 fathoms. Good flathead remain at 25 fathoms off the Horseshoe Reef SE of Merimbula. Sand flathead predominate with tigers few and far between. Chinamen leatherjackets remain a problem over both sand and reef together with small cuta and also green oceanic toads which love plastics and jigs.

Some large slimy mackerel have been taken from the Merimbula wharf after dark but overall seem to have left our inshore areas. Salmon remain patchy, best at Haycock and Aslings Beachs, with some off the Tathra headlands responding to trolling.

Morwong remain on the chew at Haycock near Merimbula, White Rock near Kianinny and at the Pinnacle north of Baronda Point. Snapper have fired up as anticipated with good catches reported from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef and Mowarry. As expected during the full moon some lovely gummy sharks have also been landed.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick are becoming scarce and it looks like the season is close to finished. Locals and visitors will be back to try their luck in November. Just after dark is the best time for some really nice calamari from the wharf.

Dusky flathead bream, trevally, large tailor, snapper and salmon are available at Wallagoot Lake notwithstanding the recent fish kill. In the Merimbula channel best results at the change of tide for flathead and trevally with good bream closer to the oyster leases. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally, dusky flathead and salmon are about. At Mogareeka trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan sized snapper are available. Try drifting with live nippers.

Last Wednesday 17 April the club played host to yet another NSW Fisheries children’s fishing workshop utilising the Clubs Jetty at Spencer Park. Jim Clarke and Jeff Knox assisted from the club together with a number of other Fishcare Volunteers from the south coast. The workshop was very well attended with ‘local’ children coming from as far away as Bombala and Quaama plus a number of visitors from Victoria. The children fished off the jetty after learning how to rig their rod and reel, tie some basic knots and cast accurately together with some essential rules and regulations. Bookings under Fishcare on the DPI website.

The Club‘s next event is its annual seafood dinner to be held at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park 6.30 for 7.00pm on Saturday 4 May. Bookings limited to 70 are open at the Clubhouse and on the Club’s website.

The Club’s annual Snapper Classic has been postponed one week to 25-26 May to miss the Federal Election. The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Good Friday 26 April. 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!