Success for Club’s Salmon Sunday at Haycock Beach last Sunday.

Photo caption: Club Members gathered at Haycock Beach Salmon Sunday Social BBQ. Centre is Club President Lindon Thompson showing the size of the “one that got away”.

Club members enjoyed a lovely BBQ picnic lunch in the sunshine at the sheltered Haycock Beach Picnic ground last Sunday to finish off their mornings “Salmon Sunday” beach fishing adventure. Some lovely salmon were caught off the beach with preferred bait pilchard. We are happy to report a number were typical kiss and release. For some the fishing was marred by sand crabs taking baits as quick as a flash and it was the anglers using poppers together with bait that won the day. Congratulations to Morgan Wood whose large salmon won a sponsored fishing rod combo curtsey of Tackle World’s Ron Vanderdrift.

The Return of strong offshore winds saw Merimbula’s game fishing fraternity restricted to port and we await better offshore weather to find out where the magnificent southern bluefin tuna are lurking.

Good flathead are on the chew but it is a costly battle north of Bournda due to ravenous chinamen leatherjacket. Further south good flathead can be found now at 20 fathoms off Tura Headland, Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point.

Weather permitting snapper and morwong are about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyds Tower off Eden. Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective. Best to be anchored and using a bottom berly bomb.
Luckily chinamen are less a pest on the reef areas. At our favourite gummy spots near Horseshoe Reef an influx of port jackson shark has become quite overwhelming, with no gummy to report!

Good drummer remain on the bite off our headlands using cunjevoi as bait. Some excellent garfish have been brought onto the bite in the bay just outside the Merimbula bar and also in Kianniny bay, try off the jetty. Use crumbed bread for burley and small whitebait.
In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for bream and trevally particularly over the shallows. Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. Reports from the Bega River which remains closed, include some lovely estuary perch caught and released from the upper reaches, congratulations Glen Rollason. Search out the sunken timbers that make excellent structures for the perch, small soft plastic are the rage. Trevally and dusky flathead remain on the chew on the sea side of the bridge at Mogareeka.

On Friday 19 July we welcome Jillian Reynolds Fisheries Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries Coastal Systems, to talk on Fish Habitat. The Club will be open from 6.30pm and all are welcome to visit and listen to Jillian’s talk. You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. 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 Website:

Keep your rods bent!

Keep your rods bent!