Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club weekly report

Sword fight: (from left) Brett Grey, Blake Buckland and Stuart Pentin show a magnificent broadbill swordfish just before it was tagged and released.
Sword fight: (from left) Brett Grey, Blake Buckland and Stuart Pentin show a magnificent broadbill swordfish just before it was tagged and released.

During the first tranche of Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s 25th Broadbill Swordfish and 5th Southern Bluefin Tournament last weekend, anglers hooked but lost three broadbill swordfish daylight fishing with braid. 

Offshore, a 115kg southern bluefin tuna was reported from due east of Bournda Island, just 65km out!  Anglers anticipate better fishing results during the coming weekend of the tournament with the moon phase waning. 

Entries and briefing are scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, July 13 at MBGLAC’s Spencer Park Clubrooms in Merimbula.  Fishing will start at 7am on Friday, July 14, and cease at 7am on Monday, July 17. 

With the moon full last weekend, good gummy sharks were active and reported from Tathra to Haycock off Merimbula.  Some large fish are reported, close to the 15kg mark.  Great catches of flathead have been taken from Bournda Island with no significant chinamen leatherjacket problems. 

Flathead remain a staple along the sandy areas off the reef edges.  A great spot is out from White Rock near Tathra.  Snapper and morwong remain about the reefs.  Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.  Schools of ‘couta can be a problem. 

A great apology is in order as Port Jackson sharks are not protected as previously noted.  Frankly there is no need as they are certainly not an edible fish!  What has caught our interest remains the number along our reef edges and their large size.  DPI information suggests a maximum size of 1.5m but the locals seem much larger. 

 A few salmon are about early at the Merimbula Fishing Platform and there have been lots of snotty nose trevally at the Tathra wharf.  Squid remain quiet with a few coming from both wharfs.   Along the beaches some salmon are about and, early on and at dusk, good size tailor come on the chew.

In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is about 5 degrees warmer and it’s a great time for trevally and bream over the shallows without a sinker or soft plastics on the last part of the tide.  Keep in mind the deeper channels stay cool. 

Reports from the Bega River, which remains open, include some large bream well up-stream on soft plastics. At Pambula, trevally, bream and tailor remain on the bite.  At the Pambula river mouth now is the time for Australian salmon which seem to prefer green-coloured lures.

The club is open every Friday evening.  Visitors are very 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.