Estuary Anglers rewarded with great returns from Bega River at Mogareeka, Merimbula Lake and Pambula’s Broadwater and River.

Photo Caption:  Ian Neilson of Merimbula takes out the major prize for his catch & release bream presented by Ron Vanderdrift of Tackle World Merimbula and Club President Peter Haar.

The Club’s annual Tri-Estuary Challenge, which is totally catch & release based on DPI brag mat photos, ran successfully last weekend with great fishing conditions overall notwithstanding forecasts for inclement weather.  17 juniors made up the 72 entrants overall a near record rollup.  This is an outstanding result for the Club seeking to foster today’s youth into the joys of angling.  Congratulations to 6yr old Logan Walker of Eden who won the junior category for bream, dusky flathead and salmon. Other junior winners include Rali Badullovich with the longest trevally, Ava Tatman the longest tailor, Jackson Antill the longest luderick and Tiffany Bragg for the longest whiting.  Ian Neilson took out the major prize for seniors; aWatersnake Electric Motor sponsored by Jarvis Walker and Tackle World Merimbula, with a magnificent bream of 427mm.  Ian also gained first prize for whiting with a lovely fish of 385mm.  The dusky flathead prize went to AlanWilkins of Tura Beach with a dusky of 722mm.  The trevally and salmon prizes went to long term member Robert Wood.  Finally congratulations to David Hay for his winning luderick.

Ocean flathead have really come onto the chew try 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.   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; bream, dusky flathead, trevally and tailor are back on the bite.  At Merimbula trevally, bream, tailor plus an occasional flounder congregate in the lower channel at low tide and good dusky flathead, bream, trevally and tailor are to be found around the oyster leases along the edges of the main lake.   Large bream are typical of Pambula Broadwater plus there are duskys are in the channel between Broadwater and the river at Pambula together with tailor and occasional salmon.  Lovely whiting are also showing up at Pambula. 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, pilchards and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The Club will be open this Friday 8 November when you may enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website:

Keep your rods bent!