Good Returns for Snapper a delight for Xmas Anglers.

Photo Caption: 8yr old Silvia Williams of Calwell ACT with a lovely pre Christmas Snapper taken from her father’s boat at 18 fathoms off Goalen Headland.

Game fishing anglers needn’t worry about bait supplies on their way out to the shelf from Merimbula. Just three months after they were positioned the Merimbula Artificial Reefs already boast large schools of bait with larger fish beneath. Try -36 54.870S – 149 56.265E.

Ocean flathead have sparked up with bag limit catches (10 per person) reported from off Baronda Headland, Kianinny, the 40 fathom reef off Turingal Point and also Tura Beach and beside the Horeshoe Reef at 24 fathoms. There are lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) but also local swarms of chinamen leatherjackets so unfortunately it is not all plain sailing. Snapper are also back on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, the Pinnacle, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Try micro jigs. Morwong have remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics. As the moon fills gummy sharks are expected to be back on the bite, they need patience and a well placed burley bomb.

Kingfish continue to prowl the Tathra wharf. At Merimbula calamari squid are available just after dark but it takes patience and effort to achieve good results. With prawns running try a look-alike jig. Luderick are back on the bite and double hook-ups possible on artificial weed lures. Of interest was the presence of a large bronze whaler shark cruising the wharf. Australian Salmon remain patchy on both the headlands and beaches.

Although closed the Bega River continues to provide plentiful dusky flathead at Mogareeka and continues to fish well for whiting over the flats. Try the rock wall jus tup from the launching ramp for bream. Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain on the chew! Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are all available.

The Club starts its Gala Kayak and Paddle Board raffle ticket sales at Woolworths Tura Beach on Thursday. This raffle will be drawn at the Monster Fresh Fish Auction 2.30pm Spencer Park on Sunday 6 January. Be in it to win it!

The Club is also running a spectacular pre Christmas Friday evening raffle featuring three Goodall’s Hams and a Christmas Turkey plus lots of other prizes. Open to everyone from 6.30 pm, come along to Spencer Park 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

Keep your rods bent!