School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition in Full Swing

Photo Caption: 10 yr old Angus Ryan shows his 50cm Australian Salmon taken in Pambula Lake and entered in the MBGLAC – Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holidays Junior Fishing Competition.

With visitors flocking in during the school holidays we repeat advice to take care with appropriate social distancing while fishing especially with the excitement around town from competitors in the MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition.

Weather permitting game fishing anglers are reporting both yellowfin and bluefin tuna together with albacore and striped tuna all well offshore. Try the second drop off. Closer in about our local reefs; Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower there remain good snapper and morwong, with the big snapper preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland, try 20-22 fathoms.

We advise that the Merimbula Lake channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows where there was once the main channel. Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous and due to the shallow conditions Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing the bar to only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

With the Clubs “Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition” now underway we can report some excellent results so far with good tailor in the Bega River near Mogareeka as well as in the Merimbula Top Lake. Generally best results are achieved with soft plastics as swarms of smaller fish will attack baits, making it hard for the larger fish to have time to bite. There are some large trevally as well as luderick in the lower Merimbula channel and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock.
The MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula Winter Holiday Junior Fishing Competition is open to all children, with free entry. With a prize pool of $400 Juniors (under 16yrs) and Small Fry (under 11 yrs) are all eligible for prizes from a suite of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon. Entry is free, just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackle World Merimbula) together with some record sheets. Full details from Tackle World or the Clubs Website and you are in it to win it! The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

With July already here the Club’s Salmon Sunday is scheduled for this coming Sunday 12 July. A great early morning fish then a lovely social BBQ. We are also pleased to advise that the Club Room has been re-opened for Friday Evenings. We are currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website. All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!