Local Estuaries Firing as Weather Warms


Caption:  Visitor Judith Grills with a flounder caught in Merimbula Lake 


The waters are warming offshore and there are lots of slimy mackerel at the edge of the Continental Shelf, they are just the right size for a billfish feast and we await news of the first marlin activity.  The East Australian Current (EAC) is flowing only slowly and this is a good time for deep drop angling with blue eye the target.

Off Kianinny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland ocean flathead are well on the bite.  Best results from about 20 fathoms.  Some good snapper are available off Long Point, the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at North Head and Boyds Tower out of Eden.  There are morwong at Middle Head near the lighthouse and this is a good area to start a drift for flathead.  Snapper and gummy shark are feeding well on salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.  Some really large calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula wharf mostly mornings and evenings. Try No.3 slow sinking squid jigs.

We again advise that the Merimbula 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.

The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are increasingly productive for Australian salmon, bream, dusky flathead, tailor and trevally.  Good results from silver minnow type soft plastics as well as unweighted pilchards.  Simple silver spinners trolled give good results especially in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Mogareeka is the place for good dusky flathead, work the shallow edges with soft plastics.  Sand bars up the Bega River are restricting access apart from Kayaks.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew.  Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest.  Congratulations to member Jim Clarke spinning off the beach at Haycock who landed an enormous 632mm tailor.   Luderick schooling in the channel above the bridge are moving  out past the Merimbula fishing platform to feed along the headlands.   With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

Last Sunday the Club hosted IceWater Marine Training to undertake the General Boat Licence course for members and friends.  Sixteen members participated including 6 juniors who all achieved a pass in the desk top tests and are now ready to undertake their practical (log book) trips and then obtain their full licence.  Another course can be scheduled early next year for members and friends, contact the club if you want to express interest.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm.  As from December 1st attendance is relatively open, as small hospitality venues are allowed to have one person per 2 square metres indoors.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.   MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website www:/mbglac.com.au .

Keep your rods bent!