Last weekend saw the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s annual trip away to the Wonboyn Lake Resort. Not thwarted by strong winds, the angling fraternity spread out over the estuary and returned dusky flathead, feature of the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition”, plus tailor, bream, estuary perch, trevally and lovely whiting (they remain in the estuary, with catch and release the order of the day).
The fish responded to ever popular pilchard bait as well as soft plastics, blades and hard body lures. The largest dusky came from the Wonboyn Lake Resort’s jetty, a great local fishing locality! The club extends its thanks to their hosts Bill and Joy and the club’s social secretary Merrily Bell who made the trip such as success.
All attendees, from children to grandparents, some 40 overall, were presented with “Gone Fishing Day” Shimano rods and reels plus line and hard body lures, courtesy of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation. Three of the children ranging in age from 2 to 12 years, using the supplied fishing gear caught their first ever fish and are all truly now “hooked for life”. Anglers who have joined the national recreational fishing register are helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.
Ocean waters are warming and ocean flathead are coming back on the chew. Try all the usual flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet. Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results. Snapper and morwong continue to respond to both bait and soft plastics along our local reefs off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.
Good squid have returned to the Merimbula Fishing Platform and best results are from orange coloured jigs at evening.
Tailor together with some bream, trevally and dusky flathead are active in the Merimbula Lake and luderick are begining to school. At Pambula Lake some very large tailor are about. Trolling in the Broadwater and across the deeper holes in the cross channel using silver lures brings the best results. Schools of Australian salmon are also active in the Broadwater and down river to the entrance. Fishing the beaches can bring good results for salmon, try Aslings Beach, Haycock and Tura Beach near Bournda Island. Best bait remains whole Pilchard set on a gang hook. Remember to also use a popper which often picks up the larger fish.
At Mogareeka with the Bega River closed angling is excellent as fish congregate close to the ocean.