Angling on Hold during Unprecedented Fire Emergency

With layers of heavy dark red to black smoke often limiting visibility to just metres, angling was the last thing in mind during the past week of horrendous bushfires along the Sapphire Coast and at Mallacoota.  The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club extends its sincere condolences to all those directly impacted by the fires.  Luckily the Clubhouse at Spencer Park was unaffected and a suitable site for those in need.  

As previously announced the annual Gala Fishing Competition and Monster Fresh Fish Auction scheduled for Sunday 5 January was postponed and thankfully so.  The Charity Monster Fish Auction, this year the 84th , is a once a year only opportunity for locals and visitors to bid for just caught fresh fish with all proceeds donated to charity.  It is only made possible because of the outstanding support of local business sponsors.  With local business now suffering from both the fire events and the departure of virtually all New Year holiday tourists, the Club will endeavour to honour its mandate to support its sponsors and its chosen charity Merimbula Marine Rescue. 

The annual Kayak raffle normally drawn together with the fish auction was undertaken on Monday morning and the Club congratulates David Oliver of Tura Beach, Suezanne Bourke of Tura Beach and Michael Grimwood of  Eden who all won wonderful Australis Kayaks sourced from Merimbula Mowers and Marine.

As conditions improve and some venture out to fish Mogareeka is a great starting point for dusky flathead, easily accessible by shore based anglers.  Lovely trevallyare 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. Morwong remain plentiful and respond to bait, micro jigs and soft plastics. Snapper are patchy at our local reefs try White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and south to Lennards and Boyds Tower. Sand flathead have become more common to the south past Turingal Point. You need a good drift to find the right spot then go back again and again.  Try 17 fathoms where, although patchy,there are some lovely fish.  Others are off Bournda Island and Tura Headland.

At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid are available morning and evening.  Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs.  

The Club will be open this Friday 10 January.  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:  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  

Keep your rods bent!