Congratulations to Heather Sutterby for her tag and release of the club's first marlin for the season on Lucky 1 captained by Martin Bartlett. Congratulations also to Craig Woolley for the first tag and release marlin from his boat. Club members are now looking forward to participating in the Eden Open Tournament starting on February 14.
There are plenty of baitfish off our reefs; slimy mackerel, small couta and large shoals of whitebait. Ocean flathead are very finicky, possibly because they are gorged with the whitebait. Some good catches are reported from off Tura Headland and out from Quondola Point, try 17 fathoms. Anglers report some good tiger flathead at the 40 fathom reef but catches are limited because of competition from swarms of chinamen leatherjackets.
Morwong are plentiful and snapper are on the chew off White Rock, Long Point and Haycock reefs as well as the reefs near Eden in Twofold Bay. Be especially careful crossing the Merimbula Bar at low tides as it is presently very shallow due to a second "false" channel from near Mitchies Jetty allowing the tidal flow to dissipate without scouring its normal channel.
Trevally and bream remain 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. There has been a good prawn run from Merimbula Lake during the new moon with lake waters now warmed up above 20 degrees. There are also lots of blue swimmer crabs available in Merimbula Lake so it's time to set your crab traps.
Calamari squid frequent the Merimbula Wharf morning and evening. Best results from prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures.
Over the weekend of February 1-2, MBGLAC is running its widely popular Eve O'Brien Properties Dusky Flathead Competition. With $2000 in cash prizes, 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 www.mbglac.com.au for all details.
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. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.
Keep your rods bent!