Game FIsh abound for  Merimbula Open

Photo caption: Successful Gamefishing; Peter Haar and crew with a pair of magnificent Bluefin Tuna.

This Friday 7 June heralds the start of the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s new format Merimbula Open which is scheduled for four days over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Before the recent blast of winter weather we had seen some really exciting bust-ups of yellowfin tuna out at the shelf as well as fortuitous captures of broadbill swordfish by deep drop anglers fishing for blue eye and harpuka. Perhaps we are looking at the return of the good old days of plentiful yellowfin? The four day tournament includes Yellowfin, Bluefin, Shark, Marlin, Broadbill and Spearfish. With better weather forecast, competitors will definitely have a chance to catch and tag & release any one of these species and there is some $15,000 of cash and goods on offer. Briefing and final entries are on Thursday evening 6 June at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park from 6.30pm. During the tournament refreshments will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings and there will be a Tournament dinner at the Tura Beach Country Club on Sunday from 6.30pm. Trophy and Prize Presentation will be held at approximately 5.00pm on Monday 10 June.

Snapper have remained on the chew predominantly along our southern reef areas; Green Cape, Mowarry and Boyd’s Tower in particular. Catches of snapper and morwong from our local reefs continue; including White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and North Head. There are good patches of ocean flathead off Bournda Island, near White Rock and Kianinny and north to Baronda Headland. Try at 15-17 fathoms off Tura Golf Course and Baronda. In Merimbula Bay flathead are plentiful but not overly large. Some good salmon have been landed along the northern part of Tura Beach opposite Wallagoot Lake. Squid remain a staple of Tura Headland.

There are lots of yellowfin bream near the oyster leases off Fishpen. Remember the bag limit is 10 and the possession limit 20. In the main channel good fish remain on the chew including large tailor and trevally. Lots of luderick are schooling near the Merimbula Bridge, however as the weather cools dusky flathead are slowing down. An explanation re Wallagoot Lake; It is open to commercial netting and recreational fishing, it remains closed to the ocean. At Wallagoot good tailor and snapper are available. Look for the tailor bust-ups feeding on whitebait and the snapper will be beneath. The Bega River remains open and good dusky flathead, trevally and bream are to be found about the Mogareeka Bridge. Up river near Bega, large European carp are already a problem.

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Keep your rods bent!