Yellowfin Tuna on their way south towards the Sapphire Coast

Photo Caption: Steve Weaver of Merimbula shows how effective large gap hooks can be with a double hook-up on a single hook.

Game fishing reports from the Bermagui area tell us of exciting tag and release angling of striped and blue marlin. Yellowfin Tuna have also been caught off wide and portend the time when they arrive in our local waters off Kianinny, Merimbula and Eden.

Local anglers are abiding by the social distancing and exercising rules and launching ramps remain open. The bar at Merimbula however remains very shallow. 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.

Chinamen leatherjackets have put paid to enjoyable angling along our popular ocean flathead spots off Kianinny, Turingal Head, Bournda Island, Tura Headland and Short Point it is a battle between the angler and the chinamen to see who gets the most bites! Try 15-20 fathoms and wire leaders. 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. Gummy shark lie along the reef edges.

There are good tailor just on dusk at Bournda Island, Tura Headland and Short Point. Kingfish are about with hook-ups reported from Long Point and the Merimbula Wharf. Kingfish also at Boyds Tower just after dawn and no doubt at Mowarry. Salmon seem to have gone quiet.

On offer at Mogareeka are bream, trevally and dusky flathead, best results from soft plastics as swarms of small bream devastate baits. Try the 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. Don’t forget the garfish at Kianinny.

MBGLAC 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!