Fishing improving in estuaries as waters warm.

Photo Caption: At the Wonboyn Lake Resort, Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club enjoys its donated fishing gear curtsey the DPI for last Sunday’s National “Gone Fishing Day”.

Best areas for ocean flathead are off Long Point, Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs. Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Good salmon remain on Tura Beach just south of the headland and on North Tura beach. Try also Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

Relatively large tailor abundant in the lakes and Bega River are best caught with metal spinners as they delight in destroying soft plastic lures. In the estuaries soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Fishing can be patchy depending on the weather somewhat but there is certainly a lot more activity now the waters are warming; plus 17 degrees is the norm. Unfortunately leatherjackets are competing with the trevally and bream in the Merimbula lake.

Last weekend Club members and guests enjoyed a fun filled couple of days based at the Wonboyn Lake Resort, running its own “Gone Fishing Day” events in conjunction with its “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition.” On behalf of “Gone Fishing Day” the DPI presented the Club a large number of top grade fishing rods, reels lines and lures for both adults and children, all ready to go. Congratulations to Alan Wilkins this year’s winner of the Mex Williams trophy. The target was dusky flathead and the trophy is based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, with catch and release the main game.

The Club will be open on Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your 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!