The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club have heard reports of whale sightings off the Tura coast that may indicate a start of the southerly migration.
The club's annual salmon Sunday morning fish and barbecue at Haycock Beach was a great success, officials said. Some intrepid anglers started the day at the ocean edge, able to watch the beautiful rising sun while seeking a trophy winning Australian salmon. Others fished through to the midday cut-off when the barbecue started. Best results on the rising tide from pilchard bait, which was also loved by sand crabs and little "tommy rough" size salmon. Congratulations to David Sydenham of Tura Beach landing a magnificent 58.4cm salmon. David's fishing companion Ian Glanville, who won in 2018, landed a salmon just 2mm shorter, that's fishing.
In regular news, ocean flathead are still on the chew, but members said large ones were rare, and are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland and Bournda Island, try 20-22 fathoms. Australian salmon and tailor are available off the headlands and at Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings beaches. Unfortunately sand crabs are often attracted to gang hooked pilchards and best results can come from using surf poppers at the same time. Spinning can also bring good rewards. Best time is early morning or at dusk.
There are reports of good-sized morwong at Haycock Reef plus snapper and gummy shark off the inside edge of the Horseshoe Reef. Snapper are also available at Lennards Island and Boyds Tower reef. Best bait for the big snapper remains large pink soft plastics. Morwong are happy with squid and gummys most any fish bait.
Trevally and a few dusky flathead remain active in the Merimbula channel try from the Club's jetty in Spencer Park. Best results for flathead from pilchard bait, use pink to red soft plastics for trevally and bream. Tailor can be taken in the Merimbula Top Lake by casting and trolling silver lures.
There remain lots of good size Australian salmon in the Pambula River. Try about the Shark Hole. At Pambula tailor, trevally and bream remain on the bite, good results from soft plastics. Best times dawn and dusk on the rising tide.
Local anglers report some lovely bream in the Bega river, all the way from the Mogareeka Bridge past the "wall" area and up river for at least 2km. Pumped nippers, pilchards or prawns are the way to go. Try the pontoon at the Mogareeka launching ramp for tailor, bream and trevally.
The clubhouse remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.
Memberships, renewals and more at the club's website www.mbglac.com.au.