Week of surprises; Whale off Tathra and Kingfish in Merimbula Lake.

Photo Caption: Member Ron Novotny with a lovely 72cm Kingfish taken with a soft plastic on 10lb line in Merimbula Lake.

The sight of a large and barnacle covered humpback whale off Tathra last week was more than a surprise as the whale came very close to our craft. Did he mistake our black coloured hull for a much needed partner?

Inshore the waters are warming with the lakes now up to 22 degrees and dusky flathead are really on the chew. Duskys react to most lures particularly red coloured soft plastic as well as bait including nippers and pilchards. Lovely trevally are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole. Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Congratulations to Ron Novotny of Tura Beach for his outstanding catch of a large Kingfish on 6kg line in the Merimbula Back lake taken on soft plastic while angling for duskys.

Lots of bait fish (slimy mackerel) are about which is a great inducement for the pelagics to feed in our waters. The artificial reefs in Merimbula Bay a great place to start. Morwong remain plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. During the full moon gummy shark have been active and some good catches reported. Best to anchor beside the reefs with a deep burley pot. Try slimy mackerel heads that give the gummys time to get to the bait before it is taken by the smaller reef fish. Snapper are patchy at our local reefs try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower.

At Merimbula calamari squid are available morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Bag out catches of good size luderick are possible from the early morning and late afternoon runs. Try artificial weed lures.

Good sand flathead are becoming more common. You need a good drift to find the right spot then go back again and again. Try north of Tathra near Bithry Inlet and Gillards. Try 17 fathoms south of Turingal headland where although patchy there are some lovely fish. Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

Dusky flathead remain active at Mogareeka with lovely bream at the Bridge and upstream beside the rock wall. Try soft plastics, metal vibes and of course live nippers. Practice catch and release with these fine fish.

The Club’s 84th historic Gala and Monster Charity Fresh Fish auction at Spencer Park on 5 January is drawing closer. Assisted by Merimbula Marine Rescue who support the Rural Fire Brigade there will be a great lunchtime BBQ and refreshments so visitors can enjoy an in-park picnic. Shortly after midday there will be light musical entertainment by local band Chill Set featuring blues, jazz, soft rock and funk influences. Drawing of the annual Kayak raffle will follow the Monster Fresh Fish Auction which commences approximately 2.30pm.

An extra special message of good cheer and joy for all over Christmas and New Year. The Club will be open this Friday 27 December after Boxing Day. 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!