Gale Strength Winds Offshore Force Cancellation of Merimbula Open Tournament.

Leanne Hoath of Merimbula shows a magnificent tailor taken from the edge of the Merimbula channel at Spencer Park.

The Club apologises for cancelling the annual Merimbula Open over the Queens Birthday weekend but will not run any event that may be unsafe due to gale strength winds.  We look forward now to a bigger and better event next year.

It’s on again; the Winter School Holidays Junior Fishing Competition.  For all those under 16 yrs.  With 20 prizes, valued at over $1,000 and lots of fishing goodies available.

The competition commences on Saturday 25 June and finishes on Friday 15 July.  Entry forms and all details are available from both Tackle World Merimbula and Complete Angler from Thursday 22 June.  Each entry which includes a bag of goodies plus a DPI brag mat is $5 per person and $10 per family.  Prizes will be awarded for the longest of 5 fish species; flathead, bream, tailor, Australian salmon and trevally. There will also be “how to catch” workshops run by experienced anglers at the MBGLAC Clubrooms, Spencer Park, Merimbula from 10am till noon on both the 4th  and  11th July.  Booking not necessary but juniors must be accompanied by an adult.

The Bega Valley Shire Council has advised that the Merimbula Fishing Platform will be closed for structural improvement and maintenance works from Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 28 June.  This coincides with the Sea Urchin cull planned by local divers for this weekend 18-19 June.  Luckily divers should be able to access the water without using the wharf. 

The cull is a community program aimed to improve the marine habitat around the Fishing Platform by reducing the number of spiny sea urchins.  This project is funded for a three year period by a grant from the Recreational Fishing Trust (DPI).  Here at the wharf and up and down the coast, sea urchins (C.rodgersii) are wiping out the seaweed (kelp) habitat and leaving a barren rock “moonscape” in their wake.  It is believed that a reduction of urchin numbers would alleviate grazing pressure resulting in the recolonisation of barrens habitat by kelp and over time, enhance the quality of the local fish habitat. 

Participants:  the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club Inc,   the Abalone Association of NSW, the Atlas of Life community, the Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant and Local volunteers.

 With strong SW winds during the past week there has not been a lot of outside fishing though good snapper and a few morwong remain on the bite along the shoreline and local reefs.  Try casting large soft plastics from the headlands.  As well there are Australian salmon, tailor, drummer and calamari off the headlands and the Merimbula Wharf.   Anglers fishing the more sheltered Boyds Tower Reef area out from Eden report lots of bonito plus some large kingfish.  Ocean flathead can be found out from Kianinny and off Tura Headland and Bournda Island at depths of 20-22 fathoms.  Australian salmon frequent the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings.  Fish the top of the tide using gang hooked pilchards for bait.  

 Downstream of the Merimbula bridge there has been swarms of good Australian salmon plus tailor and trevally.  Best at change of tide using pumped nippers or soft plastics. 

There are also good size tailor in the Top Lake together with the occasional kingfish.   The winter run of Australian salmon together with tailor continues in the Pambula River, best results trolling small soft plastics in the channel up from the entrance.  Cleaner waters in the Bega River is an encouraging sign for the winter bream season.

The Club will be open on Friday 17 June 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

Keep Your Rod Bent!