Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Strong winds offshore and cool water temperatures (13-14 degrees) have limited game fishing activity although whale sightings continue.

Flattie fun: Martin Bartlett with juniors James Matteo and Blake Woolley enjoy a morning on Tura Headland flathead.

Flattie fun: Martin Bartlett with juniors James Matteo and Blake Woolley enjoy a morning on Tura Headland flathead.

Good flathead remain a staple at the 20 fathom mark between Bournda Island and Tura Headland.   Elsewhere ocean flathead remain patchy. 

There are snapper off White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe Reefs. With strong currents from the north, anchoring and heavy sinkers is the norm. 

Use a berley bomb to bring the fish to the boat. 

Some exceptional morwong have been reported off Eden as well.  With the strong current, both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.  

Gummy shark (flake) and Port Jackson sharks remain active.  Best locations are along the reef edges; south of the Bithry’s, White Rock, Haycock and Horseshoe reef areas.  

Anchor and use a berley bomb (these fish are bottom feeders).  Try the new soft plastic crabs that are now locally available.  

Salmon remain patchy.  Salmon and tailor are best at evening time from Tura Beach near Bournda Island and the entrances of Pambula Lake and Womboyn. 

With both estuary and ocean water temperatures low fish activity has slowed. 

At Pambula and Merimbula some large tailor remain active in the evenings and it is a good time for trevally and bream over the shallows. 

Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results. 

Some lovely estuary perch have fallen to lures in the Bega River.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform excellent calamari squid respond to slow sinking jigs, try just after dark and dawn.

The club is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  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 enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880.  Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website:

In other fishing news, the sustainability and ethics committee of commercial fishing in NSW are reportedly looking into an incident off the Eden coast. 

Reportedly a commercial fisher has been able to profit from the sale of large breeding stock mulloway through a “bycatch” rule allowing the sale of limited amounts of mulloway when targeting other species. 

The haul was reportedly worth about $10,000 and has raised concerns in fishing circles.