Morwong aplenty as Prawn Run wraps up.
Caption: Frank Daquino visitor from Melbourne with a huge 65cm Morwong taken from the Merimbula Fishing Platform
Offshore there are large patches of baitfish at the edge of the Continental Shelf and marlin activity is expected. Conditions continue to favour deep drop angling with the East Australian Current flowing a little more slowly than usual.
Morwong have arced up all along the coast during the December pawn run with little doubt this is one of their favourite foods! No doubt gathered to scoff tasty snacks as they are flushed out to sea, we have some great morwong catches from the Merimbula Fishing Platform near the Merimbula Lake entrance. Congratulations to Frank Dalquino. There are also good morwong at the Pinnacle north of Kianniny, at Haycock and at Eden near North Head and Middle Head.
As weather permits snapper are back on the chew at our local reefs, good catches report from all along the coast from Goalen Head, past Tathra, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Try pilchards, soft plastics and soft vibe lures. Some lovely gummy shark have also been landed off Haycock Beach from the inside of the Horseshoe Reef.
With the Christmas visitor influx beginning it is imperative that we advise boaters to be extra cautious with entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake. There is a shallow bar now directly in front of the starboard green marker buoy at the entrance and due to the shallow waters over the bar Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.
At the Merimbula Fishing platform the seasons run of Luderick has commenced and good catches using artificial lures reported. With the waters warming we are getting some good whiting, try Fishpen and the Bega River flats using pumped nippers. The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally. Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well glide baits and unweighted pilchards. For dusky flathead the DPI rules that they must be over 36cm to be legal and only one fish over 70cm may be kept. We recommend dusky flathead are truly a catch and release only species. Quantities are limited as our estuaries are not large and the big duskys, we all try to land, are the breeders. So kiss and release is the name of the game.
The Bega River remains open and has cleared nicely. There are good tailor and Australian salmon. Try silver spinners trolled in the main channel between the lunching ramp and Thompsons. Similarly in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance. Best time is the start of the run in tide. Good estuary perch are in the Bega River down to Thompsons. With river temps up to 21 degrees dusky flathead and bream are well on the chew and some good size fish (catch and release) reported using soft plastics.
The December prawn run has just about finished and we can report some lovely prawns from both Merimbula Lake and Bega River. Get your lights and nets ready for the next run in early January. Best time is during the dark of the moon and a run out tide.
After being postponed in 2020 due to the bushfire emergency, the Club is excited to run a Covid safe Gala 2021. This features the Gala fishing competition on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January. With free entry this competition is open to all; visitors and members alike and boasts a pool of 24 great prizes for anglers who donate their fish for the Monster Charity Auction in Spencer Park on the Sunday afternoon. With the town already fully booked for summer visitors the fishing competition and the Charity Fresh Fish auction look like being standouts for Merimbula in the New Year. All details on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au.
The MBGLAC Club room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm. attendance is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au.
Keep your rods bent!