Some lovely snapper have been taken by local anglers off Tathra, Merimbula and Eden.

Photo Caption: Auctioneer Robert Wood with Stuart Green holding a bag of flathead at last year’s Monster Fish Auction. This year’s Auction is scheduled for 2.30pm Sunday 6 January at Spencer Park. Don’t miss out!

Although the weather has been warm and with generally light winds a local northwards trending eddy off the East Australian Current has caused the prevailing NE swell to stand up, making near shore conditions quite difficult. Trying to fish with wave crests topping is no fun for most anglers. A small craft was also reported swamped at the Pambula River mouth last Friday. Luckily the anglers were wearing life jackets and all rescued safely. Further offshore we have reports of striped marlin from 50 fathoms outwards and lots of good bait fish outside the FAD at 70 fathoms.

Ocean flathead are on the chew and there are few reports of chinamen leatherjackts so with good conditions it’s fairly easy to bag out. Flathead are reported from off Baronda Headland at 15 fathoms, at Kianinny and SE of Turingial Headland at 20 fathoms and also Tura Headland and off the Horeshoe Reef at 24 fathoms. There are also reports of good flathead around the shark buoy near the Merimbula Lake entrance which may be acting alike a FAD. Snapper are certainly on the chew at our local reefs with good catches reported from all down the coast from Goalen Head, White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe and south to Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Try micro jigs. Morwong have also remained on the bite and respond to bait and soft plastics. Gummy sharks are a little difficult to find, although a lovely gummy measuring 875cm was reported from near North Head.

Kingfish are prowling both the Tathra and Merimbula wharfs and at least one whopper was landed at Tathra. At Merimbula some very large calamari squid are available just after dark, favouring prawn like jigs now that the prawns are running. Luderick are back on the bite, seeming to favour cabbage weed at the moment. Australian Salmon remain patchy on both the headlands and beaches.

Although closed the Bega River continues to provide plentiful dusky flathead at Mogareeka and continues to fish well for whiting over the flats. Try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp for bream. Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain on the chew! Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are all available.

There is an open invitation for entrants in the Gala Talent Quest on Sunday 6 January, anything goes and there is a $200 cash prize as judged by Mr Alan Moyse the Town Crier. Alan has donated his time to be MC of this heritage event. No entry fee, all welcome to compete. Registration at the Rotunda in Spencer Park from 11.30am. For lunch food and drinks are on hand with Marine Rescue cooking the BBQ and Rick’s Coffee is also on site.

The Club hosts its Gala fishing competition on Saturday 5 and Sunday morning 6 January to provide fresh fish for its Monster Fresh Fish Auction scheduled to commence at 2.30pm on Sunday at Spencer Park. Anglers are rewarded with 32 separate prizes donated from very supportive local business. Moneys raised from the Fresh Fish Auction will go to Merimbula Marine Rescue. From 12.00pm to 2.00pm the Club will be running its heritage Talent Quest. The Kayak raffle draw and the seafood in a barrow draw will follow the Auction. Fish purchased can be cleaned for a small fee.

The Club will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 4 January for the Fishing Competition Briefing the night’s raffle and a pleasant evening. Come along to Spencer Park and enjoy the atmosphere. 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

Keep your rods bent!