Merrily snaps up top prize in Annual Classic

Photo caption: Ms Merrily Bell receives her prize from Club Secretary and event coordinator Chris Young for taking out the senior section of the Clubs annual Snapper Classic.

Last weekend saw the running of the annual Merimbula Snapper Classic supported jointly by Tackleworld Merimbula and Goodyear Merimbula. With excellent weather conditions typical of late autumn, 40 anglers fished from dawn to dark along our coastal reefs between Kianinny and Green Cape. It was at Green Cape that member Ms Merrily Bell of Tura Beach, fishing with second place getter Robert Wood from his vessel Snappy Tom, landed the longest snapper of 502mm taking out the competition. Her prize was; $400 cash, a $100 Goodyear voucher and a Tackle World rod reel snapper combo. Congratulations to Merrily and Robert. Third place was filled by Chris Young. The top juniors were Cooper Keller with Nicholas Grobbelaar runner up. All prizes are based on fish length photographed on a DPI brag mat so that catch and release is the by-word. The longest team bag length for 5 fish of 2.278 metres went to Team “Once Bitten” captained by member Tony Brown.

Out at the shelf the past week has seen some really exciting bust ups of yellowfin tuna. Reports from Bermagui are that Bernie Sillis in his vessel Mr Hooker has landed yellowfin and Paul Jones out of Merimbula confirms the widespread action. Does this herald a return to the good old days of plentiful yellowfin? This plus the movement of broadbill swordfish into Merimbula waters makes an outstanding setting for the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s new format Merimbula Open which is scheduled for 7-10 June with some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer. Check out the MBGLAC website.

Ocean flathead appear to have slowed down due to a small drop in water temperatures which now rest at 17-18 degrees. Try at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda Headland. Merimbula Bay carrys good stocks of smaller fish. Snapper are prolific along our southern reef areas; Boyds Tower, Mowarry and Green Cape in particular. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs including White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and North Head continue. Shark activity along the reefs seem to be increasing with anglers reporting a number of break offs.

In the estuaries good fish remain on the chew including large tailor, trevally and bream near Fishpen. Near the Merimbula bridge there are also lots of luderick and occasional schools of salmon. Even though it is closed Wallagoot Lake continues to source tailor and good snapper. The Bega River remains open and good dusky flathead, trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 31 May – yes the last day of autumn! 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!