Care needed crossing Merimbula Bar

Photo Caption: Brrigitter (Giddy) Brandauer of Merimbula sports a lovely tailor taken in the Merimbula Top Lake.

The road to Bar beach is now completely closed because of overcrowding. As noted last week we need to follow the coronavirus rules or we will see our Beaches, Jetties and Launching Ramps closed by Council. You may fish alone off the shore, with immediate family or one other person. If you do decide to go boating the same self isolation rules apply at all times including at the boat ramps and on the boat.

If you do decide you need to go boating, stick to your local waters. Heading off on a road trip & extended voyage is not considered to be within the spirit of the restrictions. Visit the NSW Government website ( for regular updates.
Remember to Log On and Log Off with Marine Rescue NSW on your marine radio or the MarineRescue App.

The bar at Merimbula remains very shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft during low tides. Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to heading out over the bar to 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after. This has arisen due to a false channel developed past Mitchies Jetty spreading the current flow over a wide area and limiting the normal channel scouring near the navigation buoy. Incidents continue to be reported. We are advised Crown Lands has already undertaken a hydrographic survey.

With the strong currents slowing down reports to hand see good ocean flathead taken off Kianinny, Turingal Head, Bournda Island, Tura Headland and Short Point. Try 15-20 fathoms. Flathead are also available in Merimbula Bay near the artificial reefs and off Haycock Beach at Quondolo at 15 fathoms. Some snapper and morwong are reported from local reefs such as White Rock, Long Point and Haycock.

Australian salmon continue to save the day for land based anglers with good catches from our headlands, beaches and jetties. Try North Tura Beach near Bournda Island where there are also good tailor, at Dolphin Cove, Middle Beach, Haycock Beach as well as Aslings Beach at Eden. Try silver spinners, and ganged hooks and pilchards and Rapala bibbed lures off the jetties.

Good fishing continues at Mogareeka where one can move around to get the best shelter from prevailing winds. On offer are bream, trevally and dusky flathead. Swarms of small bream make bait fishing difficult try soft plastics. Best time is change of tide.

In the Merimbula channel fish from around the bridge, the Marina, and the MBGLAC jetty – abide by distance rules. Best time is low tide with soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, lots of trevally and bream. There is nothing better than fresh trevally cut extra thin and served Sashimi. Use a wasabi and soy sauce marinade.

At the Merimbula Wharf some large kingfish are teasing anglers, with none landed so far. Big Kingfish have also been reported towards Mowarry.

MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!