Offshore the East Australian Current has reached temperatures of 22 to 24 degrees and marlin are reportedly gathering to feast on abundant baitfish.
Off our reefs there are also plenty of baitfish; slimey mackerel and small couta. Morwong and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay.
Ocean flathead are a little quiet but good catches are reported from SE of Turingal Headland, off Tura Headland and out from Quondola Point, try 17 fathoms and pilchard baits. Be especially careful crossing the Merimbula Bar which has become very shallow.
Lovely trevally and bream are on the chew all along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge and in the Pambula channel near the Shark Hole. Best time is low tide with both soft plastics or pilchard baits. Tailor are about and will take surface lures.
It's now time to set your crab traps in Merimbula Lake with some fine blue swimmers reported. Some very big - metre size dusky flathead fish have been reported at Mogareeka near shore - responding to soft plastic lures.
At the Merimbula Wharf good size calamari squid are available morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Some large luderick have been taken in the evenings using artificial lures.
Current events include the Department of Primary Industries - Recreational Fishing Trust's Kid's Fishing Workshop (8-14-year-olds) at the club's Spencer Park Jetty on Friday and the Tathra Club's Australia Day Fishing Competition on Saturday and Sunday.
Over the next weekend, February 1-2, MBGLAC proposes to run its widely popular Eve O'Brien Properties Dusky Flathead Competition. With $2000 in cash prizes sponsored by Eve O'Brien Properties, this is a strictly catch and release competition - based on a DPI brag mat photograph of fish length. With metre-long duskys reported from Mogareeka, a large entry is anticipated. Entries are open to all at the clubhouse in Spencer Park on Friday, January 31, together with the briefing. Refer to the club's website for all details.
The club will be open this Friday, January 24. Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.
Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club's website: www.mbglac.com.au. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.