Yellowfin Tuna have arrived – just 52 kilometers off Eden

Photo Caption: Club Member Ross McCormack with a magnificent Yellowfin Tuna taken off Eden during the Long Weekend.

Local angler Ross McCormack took out the Club’s prize in its Long Weekend Yellowfin Tuna event. Ross, captain of “Wet Patch” together with his wife Frenzy are congratulated for boating a lovely plus 50kg fish taken some 52 kilometers off Eden. No other yellowfin were reported although there were some patches of albacore in the same area.

With some lovely weather over the Long Weekend angers were a little disappointed in their returns. Water temperatures near shore were cool at 14.8 degrees, at least a degree cooler than the previous week and it seems that a lot of fish were not feeding well due to the temperature drop. Saturday’s penumbral lunar eclipse (Strawberry Moon) or just the full moon was noted as a normal poor fishing day. Don’t fish the full moon or the full dark we are told. Who knows?

Ocean flathead were certainly on the chew off Tura Headland but in the deeper waters at 22 fathoms. Snapper seemed quiet with few reports available. Some good gummy shark were taken off Haycock Beach and all else fairly quiet.

We repeat the advice to take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the 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.

Schools of slimy mackerel bait fish underlain by cuta at the artificial reefs are available but as noted above cannot always be relied to be on the chew.

Over the weekend some lovely calamari squid have been taken at the Merimbula Fishing platform. Best time late afternoon and early morning. Try a No 3. slow sinking jig.

In the estuaries the cooler waters have slowed activity. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor plus a few bream and trevally remain on the bite. One positive is Australian salmon which do feed in the estuaries during the full moon. In the lower reaches of the Pambula River trolling with green coloured spinners is bringing good results. Good salmon are also in the channels at Mogareeka.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club commenced its fishing year on June 1st where anglers earn championship points based on species length photographed on DPI brag mats. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!