School Holiday Junior Fishing Competition finishes on Saturday

Photo Caption: 8 yr old Kai Schroder of Merimbula shows his 41cm Ocean Flathead on the official DPI brag mat as entered in the Winter School Holiday MBGLAC and Tackle World Merimbula fishing competition.

Juniors and littlies have enjoyed the Merimbula School Holiday fishing competition organised by the Club and Tackle World Merimbula. None more so than when they returned their record slips to Tackle World and won their selection of a delicious icy pole for every completed slip! To date fish from every category; flathead, bream, tailor, trevally and Australian salmon have been returned and the competition remains ongoing until 3.0pm on Saturday 18 July. All winners will be contacted by MBGLAC within the following week to make arrangements for their $40 Tackle World voucher prizes.

Congratulations to Geoff McMahon President of Eden Game Fishing Club who landed a magnificent 62Kg yellowfin tuna last week a mere 54km due east of Long Point off Merimbula. Geoff used a 2m diver bibbed hard body lure. Lots of good sized albacore are reported from the same area about an easting of 150 degrees 30 minutes. Temperatures along the Continental shelf are reported in the 18-19 degree range but in closer have dropped to between 13 and 15 degrees. This has certainly quieted down local angling, however good snapper and morwong have really been on the chew during the rising barometer, particularly off Lennards, Boyds Tower and Mowarry. Best results have come from using micro jigs at about 15 fathoms. Bait fish are everywhere and in good numbers, try first the artificial reefs off Merimbula. Good ocean flathead seem hard to locate particularly in the north out of Kianinny. There is no shortage of undersize fish so try the deeper waters off Tura Headland (22 fathoms) where there are a few really good size tiger flathead.

Take care crossing the Merimbula Bar. Make sure you are wearing your life jacket. Because the Bar remains shallow Marine Rescue Merimbula is restricted to crossing only between 3 hours before high tide and 2 hours after.

There are good trevally in the Merimbula channel and tailor in the top lake as well as the Bega River and Pambula lake. Estuary perch are really on the chew in the Bega River and at Pambula as it is the breeding season but there is a spawning closure until 31 August and all fish caught must be released. Australian salmon can be taken in the lower Pambula River and near Bar Beach at Merimbula. Salmon are also travelling our local beaches, try Tura North and Haycock. Off the beaches some of the best salmon are taking poppers mounted above a single gang hooked pilchard rigged in paternoster style.

Congratulations to Morgan Wood who won the Clubs Salmon Sunday fishing competition at Haycock Beach with a lovely 55cm Australian Salmon. Fishing conditions early on last Sunday were benign before the rains came and Morgan ‘s result was a true testimony to the old adage: “the early bird catches the worm”.

The MBGLAC Club Room has been re-opened for Friday evenings, commencing 6.30pm. However due to social distancing rules attendance is currently limited to 20 persons. MBGLAC Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website . All enquiries to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.

Keep your rods bent!