FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 16 MAY 2022

Snapper galore bless Merimbula Waters

Ben Thelan of Tathra, winner of the Merimbula Snapper Classic receives the $600 cash prize for his magnificent 73.8cm snapper from Club Vice president Alan Wilkins.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic was run last weekend in relatively benign conditions.  Good snapper were available all along the coast from Tathra to Green Cape.  Hotspot for the Classic was between Haycock Reef and North Head.  Possibly attracted by the snapper activity entrant David Harvey reported being circled a few times by a very inquisitive 5m long white pointer of Lennards Island.  Darryl Williams also caught and released a very large gummy shark at the Horseshoe Reef. 

First and third snapper prize went to team Ben Thelan (73.8cm) and Jasper Dulhunty (66.5cm) who fished from the smallest boat in the competition (a tinny) along the shoreline near Haycock and Hunter rock reef using large 7-8cm soft plastics.  Second place went to Brendan Galea for his 66.5cm fish taken at North Head in 25m depth.  Brendan along with his Father Joe also won the $400 boat prize for the longest bag of 5.  Brendan and Joe used a mix of soft plastics and bait with the biggest fish responding to bait. 

Corey Walker fishing alone near Boyd’s Tower took out the Individual prize for the longest bag of 5.  Juniors were not represented and junior prizes will be kept in trust for next year’s Classic.

Game fishing activity at the edge of the Continental Shelf continues unabated and some lovely striped marlin have been tagged and released by local game anglers.  With an early capture there is growing interest in the coming tuna season and the Club’s annual Merimbula Open to be held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend of 11-13 June.  

Some large ocean flathead remain active off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.    There are Calamari, Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands, try Tura Headland with soft plastics and squid jigs.  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake include trevally, sea mullet, Australian salmon, tailor and dusky flathead.  Fish the channel downstream of the bridge at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.   The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling near the entrance and out the front.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Some lovely bream, trevally and whiting  are available on the south side up river from the bridge, using pumped nippers.

The Club will be open on Friday 20 May from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 9 MAY 2022

Snapper on the chew portends well for the weekends Snapper Classic.

Andrew Badullovich shows a lovely local snapper taken using a micro jig off Long Point.

Lovely Autumn weather continues to favour game fishing activity at the edge of the Continental Shelf.  Marlin have been tagged and released by local game fishers out of Merimbula and there are some nice Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) at the FAD.  With some early sightings, there is growing interest in the coming tuna season.  

Some large ocean flathead and gummy shark remain active off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.   Snapper are biting at White Rock out of Kianniny, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, the Boyds Tower reef area at Eden and all down past Mowarry. 

Best results when anchored and using burley with either; soft plastics, micro jigs and pilchard or squid baits.  Try 15-20 fathoms.   There are Australian salmon, bonito and tailor off the headlands, try Tura Headland with soft plastics.  Squid have returned, try using No3. squid jigs.  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge.   Trevally, Sea mullet, Australian salmon, tailor and dusky flathead are available.  Try at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.  The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor and some nice kingfish has commenced in the Pambula River, best results trolling near the entrance and out the front.  Anything from poppers to small white bait soft plastics work well.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Up river towards Thompsons some lovely bream are available on the south side, using pumped nippers.

The annual Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Snapper Classic sponsored through a BVSC community grant program, Eden Outboards and by Tackle World, has a total prize pool of $3,000.  The Classic will be run this weekend 14 and 15 May, with briefing on the evening of 13 May.

Last Friday’s Presentation for the Monthly Species Event saw Lindon Thompson rewarded for the largest Trevally, followed up by Stuart Green and Junior Logan Walker.  Try for snapper in May.

The Club will be open on Friday 13 May from 4.00pm to accommodate the Snapper Classic briefing and entries.  Make sure you get your fishing token for the Snapper Classic.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 2 MAY 2022

Good offshore fishing conditions heralds the Seasons First Yellowfin Tuna

First Yellowfin of the Season.  15 yr old Jack Pollock of Greig’s Flat shows a lovely 28.1kg Yellowfin taken off Merimbula.

Good offshore conditions have seen great game fish activity off the coast out of Merimbula and Eden.  Both black and striped marlin have been tagged and released by local game fishers out of Merimbula.  There are some nice Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) at the FAD.

Congratulations to Jack Pollock catching the season’s first yellowfin from our local waters  Taken at the 500 fathom line on 15kg line, trolling a Halco Diver lure from his father’s vessel Reel Jem.  Surely an impressive portent for the Club’s Merimbula Open Tournament scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday weekend in early June.  

Some large ocean flathead and gummy shark have been taken off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.  Australian salmon is often the best bait which is tough enough to stand a bite or two.  There are also flathead in Twofold Bay, try in from the Boyds Tower Reef.  Snapper are biting at White Rock out of Kianniny, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and the Boyds Tower reef area at Eden. 

Best results when anchored and using burley with either; soft plastics, micro jigs and pilchard or squid baits.  Try 15-20 fathoms.   There are Australian salmon and tailor off the headlands, try Tura Hedland with soft plastics.  Squid have returned try using No3. squid jigs.  Salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform squid are best caught after dark.  Two good size kingfish were landed during the past week.  Australian salmon and tailor are chasing cast hard body lures.  Some sea mullet have entered the Merimbula channel and are taking small soft plastics; both green and red colours are working. 

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge. Sea mullet, Australian salmon, trevally, bream, dusky flathead, whiting and tailor are available and all biting well.  Try at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.  For those using worms and pumped nippers there are a lot of whiting along main beach south of Ford Park.  In Pambula Lake both trevally and dusky flathead remain in the channel both sides of the Shark Hole.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Up river towards Thompsons some lovely bream are available on the south side, using pumped nippers.

The Club will be open on Friday 6 May from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 25 APRIL 2022

Smooth seas and Warm Ocean Waters bring Marlin onto the bite.

Now the seas have settled, Haru Tseng of Jindabine shows a large black
Drummer taken on cabbage weed off the rocks at Tura Headland.

Blessed again by wonderful autumn weather game fishing has been on for one and all out of Tathra and northwards.  We also have a report of a daylight hook-up of a large swordfish out of Tathra.  

Local sea and ocean temperatures remain high, pushed south by the strong East Australian Current.  Shore based anglers are thriving with an influx of bonito.  The crack of dawn sees shoulder to shoulder activity at the Merimbula Fishing Platform Tura Headland and the Tathra wharf with lots of bonito being taken on hard body lures.  Bonito are also responding to hard body lures trolled around the headlands.

With such glorious weather conditions over the ANZAC weekend a large number of locals and visitors alike have taken to offshore fishing with our launching ramps full.  Some great flathead and gummy shark have been taken off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at a depth of 20-22 fathoms.  Australian salmon is often the best bait which is tough enough to stand a bite or two.  There are also flathead in Twofold Bay, try in from the Boyds Tower Reef.  Snapper are biting at White Rock out of Kianniny, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island and the Boyds Tower reef area at Eden. 

Best results when anchored and using burley with either; soft plastics, micro jigs and pilchard or squid baits.  Try 15-20 fathoms.   There are Australian salmon off the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards.  

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform the bonito come and go and squid are best caught after dark.  Two good size kingfish were landed during the past week.

Australian salmon and tailor are chasing cast hard body lures.  Lovely to see a large school of sea mullet lazily jumping near the wharf.  Some of the sea mullet have entered the Merimbula channel and are taking small soft plastics; both green and red colours are working. 

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge.  Its full of Australian salmon. Sea mullet, trevally, bream, dusky flathead, whiting and tailor are available and all biting well. 

Try at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.  There are a lot of whiting along main beach south of Ford Park.  You will need worms.  In Pambula Lake both trevally and dusky flathead remain in the channel both sides of the Shark Hole.  

Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target the duskys with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Given a quite spell from boat launchings there are some nice garfish at Kianniny, best using small whitebait.

The Club will be open on Friday 29 April from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 18 APRIL 2022

 Bonito Influx as Pelagics Swarm in Warm Ocean Waters.

Levi Sewell of Merimbula shows a lovely pair of Balmain Bugs taken diving along from Kianniny.

Blessed by wonderful autumn weather over Easter game fishing has been on for one and all with tag and release of magnificent striped marlin off Merimbula the norm.  

A strong East Australian Current, pushed along by La Nina, has kept local sea temperatures warm with temperatures up to 24 degrees along the coast.  Visitors have enjoyed pleasant surfing activity and shore based anglers are thriving with an influx of bonito.  The crack of dawn sees shoulder to shoulder activity at the Merimbula Fishing Platform and Tura Headland with lots of bonito being taken on hard body lures.  

Local fish are back on the bite as conditions improve after the spell of huge seas. Snapper galore at White Rock out of Kianniny and the Boyds Tower reef area at Eden which looked like a parking lot over Easter.  Snapper are available off our local reefs from White Rock all along to Mowarry and south to Green Cape.  Best results when anchored and using burley with either soft plastics, micro jigs and pilchard or squid baits. 

Try 15-20 fathoms.   Local lad Levi Sewell brought up some curious but lovely and very large balmain bugs (butterfly fan lobster) from a diving trip along the coast south of Kianinny.  Great eating with a sweet, white, lobster like meat these creatures are cousins of the better known moreton bay bugs. 

With the full moon gummy shark are plentiful and congratulations to Sonny Gordon landing an 11.77Kg (gilled and gutted) gummy for the Tathra Amateur Fishing Club’s Easter Competition. 

Ocean flathead and as well gummy shark are reporting along the coast from Kianinny and off Bournda Island and Tura Headland, best depth 20-22 fathoms.  Best bait is often salmon which is tough enough to stand a bite or two.  

The Merimbula Fishing Platform Fishing is generally best early morning or in the evening.  With the influx of bonito it has been hard to find a space during the first light frenzy. 

Luderick are responding to artificial lures and cabbage weed, best time early morning and late afternoon.  With squid best caught after dark.  Australian salmon and tailor are chasing cast hard body lures.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge.  Bream, dusky flathead, trevally, whiting and tailor are available. 

Try at change of tide using pumped nippers and soft plastics.  In Pambula Lake both trevally and dusky flathead remain in the channel both sides of the Shark Hole.  

The Bega River has cleared a little and local anglers have found that while the waters are discoloured pumped nippers are a standout bait. 

Lovely bream from up towards Thompsons and good size whiting are available even the odd luderick.  Try for dusky flathead around the Mogareeka Bridge.  Target dusky flathead with swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  

The Club will be open on Friday 22 April from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING 11APRIL 2022

La Nina one – Anglers zero – hoping for better times at Easter.

 Peter Haar President awards prizes for the Club’s March Marlin Tag & Release Friendly.

The Clubs Tag & Rerelease March Marlin Friendly was won by Greg McKay of Tathra who tagged and released three striped marlin from his vessel Fishcraft.  Second Prize went to Paul Jones Captain of Seamode out of Merimbula who tagged a magnificient black marlin. 

On count back Nigel Hack of Bournda Captain of White Knight took out third prize for a striped marlin.  Paul Jones commented that at one stage his vessel Seamode had 7 marlin frolicking about his boat.  There is little doubt that this season some of the better marlin activity along the east coast have been right off Merimbula.  

At this stage the huge seas and rain have essentially shut down local angling though the forecast for Easter is promising and we expect local fish to be back on the bite. Try for snapper plus some nice morwong off local reefs from White Rock all along to Mowarry and south to Green Cape.  Best results when anchored and using burley with either soft plastics and pilchard or squid baits.  Try 15-20 fathoms.   

Ocean flathead should report along the coast from Kianinny and Tura Headland, best depth 18-20 fathoms.  Best bait is often salmon which is tough enough to stand a bite or two.  

The Merimbula Fishing Platform has been reopened with damage confined to the western ladder.  Fishing is generally best early morning or in the evening.  With squid best caught after dark.  Luderick are responding to artificial lures and cabbage weed, best time early morning and late afternoon.   Australian salmon and tailor respond to cast hard body lures and some legal size kingfish have been taken on stick baits.  

Best results for Merimbula Lake will be from the channel downstream of the bridge.  Bream, dusky flathead, trevally, whiting and tailor are available.  Try at change of tide using soft plastics.  In Pambula Lake both trevally and dusky flathead remain in the channel both sides of the Shark Hole.  

The Bega River remains muddy, catches are possible from the ocean side of the bridge at Mogareeka.  Target dusky flathead swim bait lures, soft plastics and bait.  Bream and tailor are also available.  Go further north to Nelsons Lagoon for bream.

The Club will not be open on Good Friday 15 April.   Open house will commence the next Friday 19 April from 6.00pm.  Visitors are very welcome, come one and all and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, 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 available on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au

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Champagne fishing as the water settles