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

Keep Your Rod Bent!