Merimbula Big Games and Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Ladies champ: Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club president John McKay presents Merrily Bell with her Ladies Championship trophy and fishing prizes for 2016-17.
Ladies champ: Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club president John McKay presents Merrily Bell with her Ladies Championship trophy and fishing prizes for 2016-17.

Whales are abundant, enjoying their southerly migration and possibly feeding on the reported large schools of bait fish off Bournda and Tura Beach. 

Windy conditions have seen the whales really active and putting on a great display for our locals watching and our whale charters.

During a break in last week’s winds local charter boat Reel Affair reported snapper and morwong on the bite at Long Point and Hunter Reef. 

Lots of the snapper were over 2kg and for this area these are truly magnificent fish. 

Ocean temperatures are rising slowly with an average of 15 degrees and ocean flathead are beginning to make an appearance; try off Tathra and Tura Beach at 18 fathoms and Haycock at 25 fathoms. 

Schools of kingfish are again reported from the Long Point area.  

Good numbers of salmon have been reported from Aslings Beach near Eden, best time just after dark when tailor can also be taken. 

Ideal bait is a full size pilchard on gang hooks.  Often the larger salmon take a popper mounted above the bait. 

In Merimbula and Pambula Lakes, bream and trevally, together with dusky flathead, are now coming on the bite, remember to fish the edges of structures or channels. 

Soft plastics like the red worm bring good results. 

Tailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach. 

Best time for tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening.  Try spinning with metal lures. 

Merimbula Lake has returned a few dusky flathead, best using soft plastics. 

Bream remain active well upstream in the Bega River.  Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.  

Tailor are relatively abundant early morning and late afternoon.

Garfish remain in the Pambula River near the Sharkhole. 

Bread crumb berley is needed and using a shallow float line with a small piece of prawn or whitebait brings good results. 

Mullet can be sourced in the same way.   

The club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are welcome. 

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. 

All inquires to John McKay on 0427 639 585. 

Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.     

Keep your rods bent!