Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Black beauty: Local angler Shane Thornbury shows a lovely black drummer taken off the rocks near Merimbula.  There are reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock reef taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi.

Black beauty: Local angler Shane Thornbury shows a lovely black drummer taken off the rocks near Merimbula. There are reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock reef taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi.

Strong winds have restricted offshore game fishing so the place to be is Pambula Lake where a large striped marlin was photographed during the week.  Perhaps it too was sick of the strong offshore winds!  At the same time locals and tourists were thrilled with the sighting of a whale calf and mother in Dolphin Cove together with frolicking dolphins.

 At its last meeting on August 29, Council’s Bega Valley Local Traffic Committee had its recommendations for parking restrictions at the lower level Merimbula Wharf car park unanimously approved by Councillors. These restrictions will see the loss of parking in an area that is crowded during the tourist season to say the least.

One of the areas approved for no-parking is the 9m concrete apron to the wharf.  Given that this is the only access to the fishing platform it is inexplicable that none at council had the wit to designate the area for disabled parking.    

Water temperatures are rising a little (14-16 degrees) and there are reports of a few snapper and morwong from Mowarry, Boyd’s Tower, Lennards, Horshose and Haycock reefs.   Locally there are a surprising number of bait fish around and this may herald better fishing to come.  Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra.  Try SE of Turingal Point at 20-25 fathoms.  Salmon remain patchy.  Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach. 

Now is the time to fish the headlands and estuaries where some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds.  We have reports of excellent black drummer from Haycock taken on cooked prawns and cunjevoi.   Good tailor are about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go.  Dusky flathead remain quiet.  Good 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 and estuary perch remain active in the Bega River.  Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits. 

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual Sponsors Evening this Saturday, September 8, 6.30pm for 7.00.  All of MBGLAC’s sponsors have been invited to the club in Spencer Park for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roast chicken.

The club is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.