MBGLAC Member Merrily Bell takes out a major $4,000 prize in the National Pirtek Fishing Challenge.

Photo Caption: Merrily Bell of Tura Beach shows her lovely King George whiting caught and released in Merimbula Lake during the Pirtek Fishing Challenge on 15 March.

Congratulations to Merrily Bell member for taking out a major $4,000 cash prize for her mystery length King George whiting in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge. The Pirtek Challenge is an annual Australia wide event open to all and where individual anglers compete by posting onto the Pirtek website a photograph of their fish measured on a brag mat. This is a non contact sporting event where “social distancing” is ensured. In the spirit of “keep Australia running” MBGLAC are looking at this model, using its own Website, to continue its sporting events through the year, especially its Snapper Classic of 23-24 May and its Merimbula Open game fishing Tournament of 6-8 June. This is of course subject to any further isolation requirements imposed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Congratulations to 14 year old Blake Woolley catching his first dolphin fish at the FAD. Blake was on his first game fishing trip out of Eden with his father Craig.

The bar at Merimbula remains shallow and one should take extreme care crossing in small craft. 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 are being reported. Make sure you are wearing your life jacket.

Ocean flathead are on the chew right in front of Kianinny also further south off Turingal Head, Tura Headland, Tura Beach and Quondolo, try drifting at 15-20 fathoms. Chinamen leatherjackets can be a problem. Some good snapper and a few gummy shark are about south off Haycock Point. Further south a cold current at 17.6 degrees has slowed activity. Good size Australian salmon are very active at Long Point and Tura headland. Try silver spinners when trolling. Off the beaches use ganged hooks and pilchards. Try Tura, Merimbula, Haycock, and Aslings beaches.

At Fishpen good whiting are about and respond to worm baits and local prawns on a falling tide. Try after dark. All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew. Best time is low tide with soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally. Large tailor are rampant at Wallagoot Lake, trolling with silver lures can bring great results.

Large dusky flathead are available at Mogareeka try pilchard as well as soft plastics. Bream, tailor, mullet, Australian salmon and trevally are also available and react to soft plastics and pilchards.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid are best taken before dawn and after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig. Luderick remain patchy but some good catches are reported using artificial weed flies. Some lovely Australian salmon have been taken using bibbed Rapala lures.

Unable to ensure “social distancing” the MBGLAC has closed its traditional Friday evenings members and visitors get-together at the Clubhouse. The situation will be monitored. In lieu of our regular Friday night fishing report congratulations to Jim Clarke for his catch and release of a magnificent 465mm bass from Brogo Dam.

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

Keep your rods bent!