Local Anglers back in action as the Fire Emergency diminishes.

The RFS has rescinded its stay away notice (11 January) and Tourists are encouraged to start returning to the villages and towns along the Far South Coast.With improving conditions local anglers frequented our in-shore reefs and estuaries over the past week.  Morwong and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay.  Ocean flathead are a little quiet but good catches are reported from SE of Turingal Headland and off Tura Headland, try 17 fathoms and pilchard baits.  Be especially careful crossing the Merimbula Bar as it has become very shallow.

Lovely trevally and bream are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge, at Mogareeka and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Tailor are about and will take surface lures.  Some lovely dusky flathead are responding to soft plastic lures.  Of note during the week, a sizeable sword fish had entered the Pambulaestuary.  Unfortunately it subsequently died and was most likely ill to have entered the estuary.

At the Merimbula Wharf good size calamari squid are available morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  With lots of black ash flowing in the currents, luderick have been seen in a spawning frenzy at the wharf often breaking water with their unusual activity.    

As long as there are no more bushfire emergencies the Club proposes to run its scheduled Eve O’Brien Properties Dusky Flathead Competition on the weekend of 1-2 February.   With $2,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Eve O’Brien Properties,this strictly catch and release competition – based on a DPI brag mat photograph of fish length – is widely popular.  If the number of boats and anglers fishing Mogareeka last Sunday is a guide, a large entry is anticipated.  Entries are open to all at the Clubhouse in Spencer Park on Friday 31 January together with the briefing.  Refer the Club’s Website for all details.

The Club will be open this Friday 17 January.  Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  

Keep your rods bent!