Wild Weather Restricts Offshore Angling

Caption: Lady and Men Club Champions Heather Sutterby and Robert Wood. Robert Wood also took out the overall Club Championship.

The Clubs held its annual fishing award presentation last Sunday, meeting with social distancing requirements at the Clubhouse and with major prizes sponsored by Kane McKill Tree Services. Congratulations to Robert Wood overall Club Champion and Heather Sutterby Lady Club Champion. Congratulations also to
Cory Walker as Lake & Beach Champion and Jackson Antill Open Junior Champion and Logan Walker Open Small Fry Champion.

Marine Rescue NSW has advised the availability of an App for boaters to log on and off for their trips. At Merimbula the entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide. Boaters leaving and entering the Merimbula Lake need to be especially careful now as there is shallow sand bar directly out from the green starboard marker at the lake entrance. Maritime services have already re-positioned the channel markers to show the new channel in the entrance area which resulted when the main sand bar, from Mitchies towards Bar Beach, was breached and a second “false channel” developed.

Best results offshore are coming from our intrepid headland anglers chasing Australian salmon and kingfish. Salmon have been shoaling in the channel and anglers fishing from the Clubs jetty in Spencer Park have been doing well using silver spinners. There have been some kingfish together with the salmon and an 80cm kingfish was landed at the jetty. Try Rapala X-Rap lures. It is probably now the time for big kingfish to frequent the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

When boaters are able to get outside ocean flathead are about. Try off Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18-20 fathoms. Some good snapper and morwong reported from off Haycock and near Boyds Tower. Best bait pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.

Tailor are also schooling in the lower part of Merimbula Lake and silver spinners are taking some lovely fish. Tailor are also very active in the main lake, troll and cast with silver spinners. Good size dusky flathead have graced the shallows of the lower lake at Merimbula and good fish have been taken on soft plastics at Mitchies and Beach Street.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in both Merimbula and Pambula estuaries. 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 whiting and dusky flathead. The Bega River is dirty again after the recent rains, try up past the rock wall for breaqm..

The MBGLAC Club Room will certainly be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. 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 www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!