Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s 83rd Gala Monster Fresh Fish Auction a great success at Spencer Park

The Gala Monster Fresh Fish Auction commences with a plus 4kg Gummy Shark (Flake) on behalf of Merimbula Marine Rescue.  Auctioneer Robert Wood assisted by Stuart Green (holding fish) and James Knox.

In spite of choppy seas and strong winds virtually preventing fishing during Saturday, the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s 83nd Gala Fishing Competition successfully raised 52 bags of fish to supply last Sundays Monster Fresh Fish Auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to charity being Merimbula Marine Rescue. Flathead remain the staple and are very popular although a few bags of fine snapper went for excellent prices.

Congratulations to Graham Bywaters who took out the Club’s $300 Tackle World voucher for the heaviest total weight of ocean flathead overall. Martin Bartlett won Saturday’s McKay’s Oyster $250 Tackle World voucher for the heaviest bag of ocean flathead and Joe Bragg the Sunday prize. Maggie Van Der Torren won the prize for the heaviest bag of ocean flathead by a lady on Saturday and Heather Sutterby on Sunday. Palla Di Donato won the heaviest bag of mixed fish for Saturday and Garry Huggett the Sunday prize. Linda Robinson won the heaviest bag of mixed fish by a lady on Saturday with no entry on the Sunday. Kade Thornhill won the Juniors $100 Lake View Hotel voucher for ocean flathead and on Sunday this prize was taken out by Evelyn Robinson. In the estuaries Alex Bell won the juniors heaviest bag of estuary fish with no entry on Sunday. The Club supports catch and release angling and Estuary anglers enjoyed a new section to the annual Gala competition by means of catch and release for Bream and Dusky Flathead. Entries based on DPI brag mat length photographs. Ellie Sky Dulhunty won the Junior bream prize for Saturday with no entry on Sunday. Tara Stone won the longest dusky flathead prize for Saturday and Grant Regan on Sunday. Junior longest dusky flathead was won on both days by Kade Thornhill.

Sundays Gala event commenced with its Talent Quest at 12.00pm with the Town Crier Mr Alan Moyse both entertaining and doing a magnificent job as Master of Ceremonies. Three acts were presented and a $100 cash prize won by a choreographed routine set to Rihana’s “Umbrella”; congratulations to 11 year old Lilly Dixon and 13 year old Sophie Thom. This event proved very popular with the crowd as they gathered for the Monster Fresh Fish Auction and next year will no doubt be bigger than ever. Nearing 2.30pm the Club presented its prizes to entrants of the Fishing Competition courtesy of the Club’s magnificent local business sponsorship. The Kayak and Paddle Board raffle draw followed the auction; First prize was won by Craig Johnson of Berridale, second by Christine Fitzgerald of Mooney Ponds in Melbourne and third prize by Osman Arifoglu of Delahey also of Melbourne. The day was finished off by the prize seafood wheelbarrow raffle draw and fish filleting at the Club’s jetty.

Offshore the first Marlin of the season have arrived in our waters with some in as close as 40 fathoms. Game anglers simply await suitable weather conditions .
Ocean flathead both sand and tiger are on the chew off Merimbula, Tura Beach, Bournda Island and Tathra, try 20-22 Fathoms. Snapper and morwong are in good form on our local reefs.

At the Tathra Wharf large kingfish are on the prowl and at the Merimbula Fishing Platform calamari squid are back and some large ones landed. Best results after dark.

Fish in the Merimbula Lake remain active. Dusky flathead, bream, trevally and whiting are available. Good tailor are prolific at Pambula Lake. The Bega River although closed continues to fish well at Mogareeka and some magnificent whiting are reported from the flats beside the bridge.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on 11 January. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host. All enquires to Lindon Thompson 04. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website

Keep your rods bent!