In support of those youngsters from fire devastated areas about Merimbula in particular, the NSW DPI family fishing day at Spencer Park last Saturday was a great success with some 50 youngsters plus parents enjoying fun activities and learning the basics of fishing.
It was all organised by the DPI's Education Officer, Southern Recreational and Aboriginal Fisheries Unit; Stephen Thurstan, who was assisted by fishcare volunteers for as far afield as Port Kembla as well as Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club members.
All fish caught were returned alive to the lake and what a great day was had by all. Fish caught from the club's jetty included a 48cm dusky flathead, a beautiful blue lip bream, large and small mullet, trevally, leatherjackets, lots of baby snapper, tailor and some yet to be named!
Marlin are on the bite off Bermagui as warmer currents associated with the EAC push southwards. Local game fishers await their arrival off Merimbula and Eden. Deep dropping off the edge of the shelf has brought good returns of ling and blue eye.
Flathead are back on the menu with anglers bagging out at our local grounds off Tura Headland and Middle Beach as well as off Quondolo. Try 15 to 17 fathoms for your drift.
Good snapper and morwong are also on the chew, especially closer to the headlands. Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 17 fathoms. Best results from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.
Trevally and gummy shark are also likely targets. Australian salmon are active at Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock Beach as well as the headlands and Merimbula Wharf.
At Fishpen good whiting are about and respond to worm baits and local prawns on a falling tide. All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder and bream remain on the chew. Best time is low tide with both soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits. In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally.
At the Merimbula Wharf calamari squid remain active with anglers bagging out in the mornings and evenings. Best results from dark coloured, prawn-like slow sinking jigs. Good squid also were taken from Tura Headland. Luderick can be patchy but some good catches are reported in the evenings using artificial lures.
On Friday, March 6, the club will be open from 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome, come and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views. www.mbglac.com.au