No April Fool’s joke just good fishing results for Merimbula Anglers

Photo caption: Brian and Kaitlyn Schofield of Shockwave receive the Merimbula Inaugural Billfish tournament first prize of $1,500 from event organizer Peter Haar.

Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s inaugural Merimbula Billfish tournament attracted 47 individual anglers. Launching out of; Merimbula, Quarantine Bay and Kianinny, over the three days of the tournament 9 boats successfully tagged and released gamefish, with 3 boats tagging striped marlin . Numerous dolphin fish (mahi mahi) featured, however no tuna or sharks were taken. Standout angler was team Shockwave’s 12yr old Kaitlyn Schofield of Eden who tagged and released three striped marlin on 15kg tackle. A student of Eden Marine High Kaitlyn is an outstanding angler and at age 10 achieved a world record for striped marlin on 15kg tackle, breaking the previous ladies record held for the past 22 years. Kaitlyn has also achieved the ladies world record for broadbill swordfish and Australian and NSW records for southern bluefin tuna. Captained by Ian Gullock, second place and a cheque for $1,000 went to team Three Phase out of Ballarat, Victoria. Team Spooky captained by event organiser Peter Haar was placed third with a prize of $500. The Club extends its congratulations to the winners and all those who fished the Tournament and looks to a successful repeat next year.

Good ocean flathead are on the chew all along from Long Point to Tathra and further north. Try 17 fathoms off Bournda Island. Bournda is also a good place for “rat” kingfish (undersize). Salmon and pilchards are excellent baits. Further north we are getting reports of chinamen leatherjackets virtually in plague proportions.

Reef dwellers morwong and snapper are back on the chew as the moon increases are expected to come back on the bite. Try Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reef as well as Lennards Island and North Head off Eden. Bait fish are plentiful inshore. Soft plastics loped along the bottom can bring good results as well as pilchard baits on a paternoster rig. With the moon full, Gummy shark are also biting well along the reef edges. Sandy channels south of Haycock Point are worth trying, best results when anchored and trailing burley.
Luderick, drummer, tailor, salmon and kingfish are available off the headlands. Beach salmon remain sporadic; best spots for beach salmon remain Main beach at Merimbula, Haycock Beach and Aslings at Eden.

Luderick remain on the chew at the Merimbula Wharf, best time the hour before dark. A few calamari squid are being taken on jigs at dusk. Trevally, bream and luderick are common about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Try soft plastic lures flicked between the rows. Dusky flathead, flounder, bream, trevally, some exceptionally large tailor, mullet and some garfish are available in the Merimbula channel. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally and salmon are also on the chew. Dusky flathead and whiting are all available at Mogareeka in the Bega River. Try pilchards from the launching ramp jetty at dusk for bream.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 29 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!