Patchy weather conditions have not stopped excellent fishing along the Sapphire Coast

Photo caption: Joe Galea of Tura Beach shows a lovely Snapper taken off Merimbula at Haycock

Weather conditions have been patchy over the past week or so, and few local game anglers have ventured out. Further north we hear that at least 10 striped marlin were tagged off Bermagui near the Kink. With the East Australian Current moving ever southwards good marlin should be appearing off Merimbula and Eden.

Ocean flathead both sand and tiger are on the chew mainly SE of Turingal Headland at 22-24 fathoms. Patches of good fish can also be found in Merimbula Bay, off Tura Headland, Bournda Island, and Tathra, try 20-22 Fathoms. Lovely snapper and Morwong are reporting off North Head, Lennards Island, Haycock, Horseshoe and Long Point. Best time is dawn and dusk matching a turn of tide. Baits include squid and pilchards. Gummy shark in the 4-6kg range are about in the Horseshoe reef area, anchoring with burley really helps. Good baits are salmon and slimy mackerel. There is no shortage of slimy mackerel at the artificial reefs which are now really firing up just over three months since they were positioned. Salmon off the beaches and headlands remain patchy.

Large drummer and luderick are have been returned from Tura Headland. Best time is just before high tide. At the Tathra Wharf large kingfish remain on the prowl and at the Merimbula Fishing Platform large luderick and calamari squid are back and some large ones landed.

Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain active. Dusky flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and whiting are available both in the channel and in the top lake. Good tailor and salmon are prolific at Pambula Lake. The Bega River remains closed and continues to fish well at Mogareeka. Try the rock wall near the launching ramp for bream, estuary perch and dusky flathead. Some magnificent whiting are reported off the flats to the SW of the bridge. Nippers and worms as well as poppers are working.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on 18 January. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 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!