Inclement Spring Weather continues to restrict offshore angling.

Caption: In the MBGLAC Clubhouse Paul Jones passes onto Heather Sutterby some of her outstanding Gamefishing Awards.

The Clubs held its game fishing awards last Sunday, meeting with social distancing requirements at the Clubhouse and with major prizes sponsored by Kane McKill Tree Services. Congratulations to Heather Sutterby who took out the Club’s award for the heaviest Yellowfin Tuna (64.5kg) also highest point score Capture plus Most Meritorious Tuna and highest point score Tag & Release. Congratulations also to Ross Cooper who achieved the heaviest Other Game Fish award with a beautiful 100.5kg bluefin tuna and special congratulations to Emma Pollock winning the Junior point score for Tag & Release. The Club’s presentations for other anglers is scheduled for 1 November.

Most game fishing activity remained subdued during the recent wet and windy weather. These conditions do favour whale watching as the whales are much more active when the sea is noisy. Whales continue southwards and some spectacular sightings are reported. We note the Eden Whale Festival will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic

October is the month when ocean flathead come back onto the chew. Try off our normal spots from Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are also returning to the bite with some good fish reported from off Haycock and near Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best bait pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs. Closer to Merimbula, gummy shark are about. Congratulations to Les Tudberry for his lovely gummy taken on the inshore side of the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock.

At Merimbula boaters need to be extra cautious as the entrance continues to change due to shifting sand bars and spits. A new spit has developed from Mitchies towards Spencer Park. Travel with care.

Red worm soft plastics at the Club’s Spencer Park jetty will see good returns of trevally. Tailor grace the main Merimbula Top Lake, troll with silver spinners. There are salmon 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.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in both Merimbula and Pambula estuaries, lots of burley will certainly help. Available are good trevally, occasional salmon and bream. In the Broadwater at Pambula and the Top Lake at Merimbula water temperatures are rising and we are now getting some response from Dusky Flathead. Best to try Mogareeka for dusky flathead and salmon as the Bega River remains fairly dirty after the recent rains.

The MBGLAC Club Room will not be open this coming Friday evening while the Club celebrates its annual trip away at the Wonboyn Lake Resort and its members compete in The Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition 2020. This is purely a social event with a trophy commemorating Mex Williams for the longest catch and release dusky flathead. 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!