Whales galore! Merimbula and Tura Beach residents have been enthralled with local whale sightings off Tura Headland, Short Point and Long Point.
Tail whacking, inverted jumping and flipper slaps are the order of the day and coincide with last weekend’s Eden Whale Festival.
Ocean flathead are available along from Tura Headland past Bournda Island to SE of Turingal Headland. Try 15-20 fathoms.
Snapper and morwong are available between 15 and 20 fathoms off Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower. Snapper and morwong respond to pilchard and squid baits as well as soft plastics and metal micro jigs.
Congratulations to club member Dean Greenwell for an outstanding 19.81kg gummy shark taken at Bitangabee south of Mowarry.
Calamari squid are patchy at the Merimbula Wharf together with cuttlefish and octopus. Best results from jigging at dusk.
At the wharf the annual luderick run has started and though shy to bite a few have already been landed on artificial weed flies.
The estuaries are fishing well for tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead. Metal vibe jigs, soft plastics and bait are all effective. When using bait, burley certainly helps.
Good salmon are reported at Pambula in the vicinity of the “shark hole”.
This coming weekend the club is running its annual Tackle World Tri-Estuary Challenge which has a prize pool of some $7000 for more than 40 prizes.
This event is open to all anglers, with free entry for children.
The challenge is catch and release only, with fish length photographed on a DPI “brag mat”.
The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back Lakes and Pambula Lake. Entry finalised at the briefing on Friday, November 9 at the clubhouse.
Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website, www.mbglac.com.au.
Do you have a great idea to improve recreational fishing in your local area? Bring those ideas to life with Recreational Fishing Trust funding applications now open.
Projects funded from the Recreational Fishing Trust include recreational fishing education, fishing access and facilities, improving fish habitat, fisheries research and much more.
Each year, around $15million is raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences and re-invested back into projects that benefit recreational fishing. Applications close November 30. For information, dpi.nsw.gov.au.