Patchy weather conditions have not stopped excellent fishing along the Sapphire Coast

Photo caption: Junior Kade Thornhill of Victoria shows his lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead from the Merimbula Top Lake

As predicted marlin have moved further south following the East Australian Current and congratulations are in order to Club member Martin Bartlett for his first ever tag and release striped marlin. Fishing just 34km off Merimbula, Martin and his partner Peter Haar were astounded to see 6 beautiful marlin – all lit up a brilliant electric blue – a sure sign of feeding, swimming about the boat. A good marlin was also tagged and released by Peter. We anticipate the fish should now be appearing off Eden as well as Merimbula.

Inshore there are swarms of slimy mackerel and bottom droppers are finding it hard in palaces to get their baits down to reef and sand for snapper and flathead. Best ocean flathead are coming from the Pinnacles area inshore of the horseshoe reef with other known areas; Tura Headland, Bournda Island and Turingal Headland giving patchy results. Good snapper are reported from North Head, Lennards Island and Haycock. Best time is dawn and dusk matching a turn of tide. Baits include squid and pilchards. Salmon off the beaches and headlands remain patchy with some larger fish taken off Haycock Beach. Try Merimbula Main Beach SE of Fishpen.

Large drummer and luderick have been returned from Tura Headland and Short Point. Best time is just before high tide. At the Merimbula Fishing Platform large luderick and calamari squid are back and some large ones landed. Of note is the landing of a lovely drummer taken on artificial weed.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is gearing up for its next major event in just over a week’s time. On 2-3 February the Club is running its annual Merimbula Lakeview Hotel sponsored $2,000 cash, catch and release, Dusky Flathead Competition. This competition is open to all comers, entry through the Club’s Website or at the briefing at the Club in Spencer Park on Friday 1 February.

Dusky flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and whiting are available both in the Merimbula Lake channel and in the Top Lake. Good tailor are prolific at Pambula Lake as well as reports of good whiting. The Bega River remains closed and continues to fish well at Mogareeka.

As well as its normal opening from 6.30pm this Friday 25 January the Club House will also be open on Australia Day 26 January from 4.00pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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!