Yellowfin on bite as tournament rolls in

Haul: Ulladullla captain George Lirantzis, Mitch Ryan, and crew Ken and Pete Rushton with their record-breaking swordfish. PIcture: Luke Wuiske.

Haul: Ulladullla captain George Lirantzis, Mitch Ryan, and crew Ken and Pete Rushton with their record-breaking swordfish. PIcture: Luke Wuiske.

Game fishing is really in the spotlight after Australia’s biggest swordfish was landed off Mallacoota. 

Weighed in at an outstanding 436.2kg, it is the world’s second largest swordfish ever landed.  

Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club’s annual Open Yellowfin Tournament will be in action this coming weekend.  Fishing opens on Saturday at 7am and runs during daylight hours until 3pm on Monday. 

Doors open at the Spencer Park Clubhouse at 6.30pm on Friday for entries with a competition briefing at 8pm. 

The forecast is fine and there are 60kg yellowfin being taken off the shelf already.

Lots of prizes are available for entrants all thanks to the Clubs sponsors both local and interstate business.  This year there will be prizes for capture, tag and release and most meritorious, with 16 categories overall up for grabs including juniors and ladies.  

The Tournament Dinner will be held at the Tura Beach Country Club at 6.30pm on Sunday.

The trophy and prize presentation will be held at the Spencer Park Clubhouse on Monday from about 5pm. Refreshments and finger food will be available from 4pm.

In regular news, good ocean flathead are on the chew southeast of Turingal Point, try 16 fathoms and the usual spots off Bithrys, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. 

Morwong and snapper remain a staple off the reefs such as Long Point and Haycock.  Active reef areas include White Rock out from Kianinny, Horeshoe, Lennards Island, North Head, Boyds Tower and Mowarry.  

Good salmon are gracing Haycock Beach, while salmon are also reported from Tura Beach as well as Aslings at Eden. 

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform excellent Calamari squid are about. 

The estuaries are cooling but without significant rain dusky flathead as well as trevally, tailor & bream remain on the bite. 

With the Bega River closed Mogareeka is the best place to try as fish congregate closer to the salt water. The Spencer Park clubrooms are open every Friday from 6.30pm. All inquires to John McKay on 0427 639 585 or www.mbglac.com.au