Giant Duskys at Mogareeka and Marlin have arrived just south of Merimbula heralding the start of the 2020 season.

Photo Caption:  9yr old Amelia Davey of Tura Beach assisted by her father Mark proudly shows her giant 97cm Dusky Flathead caught and released at Mogareeka.  

Congratulations to Heather Sutterby for her tag and release of the Club’s first marlin for the season on Lucky 1 captained by Martin Bartlett.  Congratulationsalso to Craig Woolley Tassiefor the first tag and release marlin from his boat.  Club members are now looking forward to participating in the Eden Open Tournament commencing on 14 February.

There is plenty of baitfish off our reefs; slimey mackerel, small couta and large shoals of whitebait.  Ocean flathead are very finicky possibly because they are gorged with the whitebait.  Some good catches are reported from off Tura Headland and out from Quondola Point, try 17 fathoms.  Anglers report some good tiger flathead at the 40 fathom reef but catches are limited because of competition from swarms of chinamen leatherjackets.   Morwong are plentiful and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay.  Be especially careful crossing the Merimbula Bar at low tides as it is presently very shallow due to a second “false” channel from near Mitchies Jetty allowing the tidal flow to dissipate without scouring its normal channel.  

Trevally and bream remain 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. There has been a good prawn run from Merimbula Lake during the new moon with lake waters now warmed up above 20 degrees.  There are also lots of blue swimmer crabs available in Merimbula Lake so it’s time to set your crab traps.  

Calamari squid frequent the Merimbula Wharf morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures.

Over the weekend, the 1st and 2nd of February  MBGLAC is running its widely popular Eve O’Brien Properties Dusky Flathead Competition.  With $2,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Eve O’Brien Properties, this is a strictly catch and release competition – based on a DPI brag mat photograph of fish length.  With metre long Duskys reported from Mogareeka, 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.

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!