Catering for all anglers and fish lovers the first weekend in November brings Merimbula’s  Tri Estuary Fishing Competition together with the Eden Whale Festival.

Photo Caption: Merrily Bell shows a lovely catch and release Dusky Flathead at Pambula caught in the channel on soft plastics.

The Club’ annual Tri-Estuary fishing Competition is scheduled for the weekend 2-3 November. Details on the Club’s website. Final entries at the briefing on Friday 1 November 6.30 for 7.00pm, at the Clubhouse Spencer Park. The competition is open to all comers and the Club expects a large entry as there are many visitors from Victoria due to the Melbourne Cup holiday in Melbourne. The Competition targets eight species; Bream, Dusky Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Salmon, Luderick, Tailor & Jewfish in three estuaries; Bega River, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake and is totally catch & release based on DPI brag mat photos. As the opener to the seasons estuary fishing the Tri Estuary has become a very popular event.

Needless to say spectacular whale activity continues off the coast. Further out Yellowfin Tuna are reported along the edge of the Continental shelf.

Ocean flathead have really come onto the chew but northwards it is a battle between the flathead and gear loss due to chinamen leatherjackets. Try more to the south off Tura Headland, the Tura Golf course and Long Point from 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are on the chew off our local reefs; often at 17 fathoms, try Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape. Best baits are slimy mackerel. A problem with the reef fishing now is schools of voracious couta which are prolific. Try Pambula entrance, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden for Australian salmon. 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.

In the estuaries, tailor, dusky flathead, trevally and bream are back on the bite. At Merimbula trevally, bream and tailor congregate in the lower channel at low tide and good dusky flathead and bream are always around the oyster leases along the edges of the main lake. Duskys are in the channel between Broadwater and the river at Pambula together with tailor and occasional salmon. Good trevally are also on the chew at the Pambula Shark Hole. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead and the cliff wall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The Club will be open this Friday 1 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. All enquires to Chris Young 0417 114 275. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website:

Keep your rods bent!