The past week has seen superb flathead catches along the coast, with probably Tura Headland near Merimbula and Baronda Headland north of Kianinny the most productive at 15-17 fathoms. There are also good flathead at 25 fathoms off the Horseshoe Reef south-east of Merimbula.
Chinamen leatherjackets (although good to eat) remain a problem together with small cuta and now green oceanic toads. The green toads are related to the puffer fish, the dangerous Japanese delicacy which must be cut carefully to avoid the toadfish venom tetrodotoxin which is one of the most dangerous poisons known to man, up to 100 times as deadly as black widow spider venom.
Slimy mackerel seem to have left our inshore areas, being replaced with small cuta, especially about the Merimbula artificial reefs (36 54.826/149 56.245 and 36 54.870/149.56.256). Some good flathead have taken up residence between the structures but getting a line down to them past the couta can be a real problem.
Salmon remain patchy, best at Haycock and Aslings Beachs, try the rising tide morning and evening. Salted pilchards are excellent baits.
Morwong remain on the chew at Haycock near Merimbula, White Rock near Kianinny and at the Pinnacle north of Baronda Point. Snapper have been patchy but are expected to fire up each side of the full moon. Try Long Point, Haycock, Lennards Island, North Head and south to Boyds Tower Reef and Mowarry. With the full moon we expect some good gummy shark along the reef edges such as Horseshoe Reef at 17 fathoms.
Luderick at the Merimbula Wharf are starting to spawn and can be seen at shallow depth beneath floating weed. Good sea mullet are hanging around the Merimbula and Pambula entrances, try berleying with bread to get them onto the bite! Just after dark is the best time for some really nice calamari from the wharf.
Bream, trevally, and large tailor, are available in the Merimbula channel. In the main lake bream shoals of baby snapper are on the prowl and make it difficult to target dusky flathead, trevally and bream. At Pambula Lake good tailor, mullet, trevally, dusky flathead and salmon are about.
At Mogareeka there are lovely trevally, dusky flathead, bream and whiting as well as pan-sized snapper.
The club's next event is its annual seafood dinner to be held at the clubhouse in Spencer Park, 6.30pm for 7pm on Saturday, May 4. Bookings are open on the club's website, limited to 70.
The club's annual Snapper Classic has been postponed one week to May 25-26, away from the federal election.