Inclement Spring Weather Keeps most Anglers in the Estuaries

Caption: Small fry Club Champion Logan Walker 7yes, his father Cory Walker and junior Club Champion Jackson Anthill with their championship awards.

The Clubs annual awards are being staged in three sessions to meet with social distancing requirements with major prizes sponsored by Kane McKill Tree Services. Last Saturday small fry and juniors received their awards. Congratulations to 7yr old Small Fry Champion Logan Walker and Junior Champion 12 year old Jackson Anthill. While he was there father Cory Walker was also awarded his Lake and Estuary Champion trophy. Other junior awards include; Maddison Richie 11 with the longest Brown Trout, Elise Walker 6 with the longest Salmon, Harley Walker 9 with the longest Bream. Thanks also to Tackleworld Merimbula who back us and our Juniors at every opportunity. Our Presentation for Game Fishers is scheduled for 18 October and remainder on 1 November.

The inclement Spring weather has subdued most game fishing activity although there is a report to hand of bluefin tuna passing Eden. Whales continue southwards and some spectacular sightings are reported.

Good size ocean flathead are coming onto the chew off our normal spots from Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Try 18 fathoms for best results.
Snapper and morwong are also returning to the bite with some good fish taken on micro jigs off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Closer to Merimbula gummy shark are about on the inshore side of the horseshoe reef with a few flathead in deeper water off eastern edge of the reef.

At Merimbula the entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide. A new spit is developing from Mitchies towards Spencer Park and already the red port exit buoy near Mitchies has been stranded. Travel with care.

Australian salmon have been taken from the Fishing Club jetty at Spencer Park. Best results with copious burley and pilchard bait. Red worm soft plastics in the same area will see good returns of trevally. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake, troll with silver spinners. Salmon seem to have finished spawning and are now out on our beaches and headlands. Great places to fish during SW winds. Best spots Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches. Pilchards and ganged hooks seem to bring the best returns. There are also sizeable salmon at the end of the new tourist jetty at Eden. Dusky flathead are becoming active and both Merimbula and Pambula Lakes are producing.

The Pambula River remains a reliable venue during the windy weather with salmon, tailor and trevally on the chew. Congratulations to Giddy Brandauer fishing with Merrily Bell, taking some lovely salmon. Soft plastics are a must for good results, for bait try pilchards. The Bega River is fairly dirty again after the recent rains. Best to try Mogareeka for dusky flathead and salmon.

The MBGLAC Club Room remains open on Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website

Keep your rods bent!