Merimbula Fishing Report

Excellent catch: Mirador angler Tim McConnachie shows a lovely morwong taken east of Eden. Snapper and morwong are on the bite about Green Cape and Bitangabee.

Excellent catch: Mirador angler Tim McConnachie shows a lovely morwong taken east of Eden. Snapper and morwong are on the bite about Green Cape and Bitangabee.

This year’s southerly whale migration is now in full swing with numerous pods of whales easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points. 

With estimates of up to 30,000 whales moving northwards earlier on, it is anybody’s guess how many there are now on their track to Antarctica after their annual calving. Most are the ubiquitous humpback but there are also some southern right whales about which have been calving in local waters.  

Snapper and morwong are on the bite to the south about Green Cape and Bitangabee but have become patchy off White Rock, Long Point, Haycock and Horseshoe Reefs.  Anglers are having good success using micro–jigs. 

Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported all along the coast from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra.  To the south good tiger flathead are reporting from near Boyd’s Tower. 

Last week great kingfish of 8-15kg were on fire off Mowarry Point but had shut down by the weekend.  Let’s hope they come back on the chew soon.  Keep your ear to the ground! 

Both salmon and tailor respond to Halco flashers off the rocks.  Salmon remain patchy and once again we quote Al McGlashin from last Friday’s Daily Telegraph who mourns the loss of salmon due to unrestricted commercial netting.  Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach.  Salmon are also reporting from the lower reaches of the Pambula River.

We anticipate the lake waters will gradually warm from now on through spring bringing estuary fish back onto the bite.  Good trevally and bream are about at Pambula and the Bega River and in the lower reaches of the Merimbula Lake.  Soft plastics and nippers are the way to go.  Dusky flathead have been quiet apart from the Mogareka area.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club will be hosting its annual sponsors’ evening on Saturday, September 9, 6.30pm for 7pm.  All of MBGLAC’s sponsors have been invited to the club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roasts.

The club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome. 

Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  All enquires to John McKay on 0427 639 585.  Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.      Keep your rods bent!