Fishing improving in the Estuaries as the waters warm.

Photo Caption: 9 year old Kade Jenkins of Berrambool shows a lovely Bream caught and released during the Club’s Annual Trip Away at Wonboyn.

The East Australian Current has brought a nice finger of warmer water down along the continental shelf and local anglers report the presence of yellowfin tuna with a 30kg capture. Needless to say spectacular whale activity continues off the coast. The sight of humpback whales breaking the surface and slapping their fins on the water is a truly great spectacle.

Best areas for ocean flathead are off Long Point, Tura Headland and SE of Turingal Headland. Off Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland, try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Also try off White Rock and the Tathra Hotel. Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs; often between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape. Best baits are slimy mackerel and couta which are prolific. Good salmon remain on Tura Beach just south of the headland. Try also Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

As the lake waters warm, dusky flathead, trevally and bream are coming onto the chew in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula at the Shark Hole and Broadwater. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers and peeled prawns offer the best results

The Club’ annual Tri-Estuary fishing competition is scheduled for the weekend of 2-3 November, just two weeks away. The Competition targets eight species; Bream, Dusky Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Salmon, Luderick, Tailor & Jewfish in three estuary’s; Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake. All catch and release based on DPI brag mat photos. Details on the Club’s website. Final entries at the briefing on Friday 1 November.

The Club will be open this Friday 25 October when you may 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!