Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Game anglers are excited to hear that Southern Bluefin Tuna have been sighted off Eden inside the Continental Shelf.  Most fish seem about 20kg plus although some larger ones have been noted. 

Nice catch: Malcolm Gaeth shows a 11kg gummy taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock. Gummy sharks are active again and they're taking squid and pilchards at reef edges.

Nice catch: Malcolm Gaeth shows a 11kg gummy taken off the Horseshoe Reef near Haycock. Gummy sharks are active again and they're taking squid and pilchards at reef edges.

For a long while the only Southern Bluefin we have heard of were 180-200km offshore and only falling to longliners.  Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

The full moon has seen gummy sharks (flake) active again and some wonderful fish are responding to squid and pilchards at reef edges.  There are good snapper and morwong off Boyd’s Tower near Eden as well as the usual marks at Haycock, and Long Point near Merimbula and White Rock out of Kianinny.  These all respond to soft plastics or a paternoster rig also with squid or pilchards.  

At all the usual flathead marks off Tura Beach, Bournda, White Rock, Kianinny and Bithry Inlet, flathead remain tentative.  Depths of 18 to 25 fathoms give results but large fish are few and far between.  Watch out for voracious schools of Couta. 

In the Merimbula Lake there is some activity in the lower reaches with schools of anchovies and silver bream coming in from the ocean.  Tailor and trevally are active in the top lake and some blue swimmer crabs have started moving around.   There are reports that mud crabs are also coming out in the upper reaches like Muddy Creek. 

At Pambula, schools of salmon are reported from the Broadwater.  With the Bega River closure we can expect great angling at Mogareeka and this is a great opportunity to practice catch and release.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for this Sunday, October 15.  You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register.  Google; “Gone Fishing Day”.   Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing.  It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

The club’s annual trip for 2017 will feature the Wonboyn Lake Resort.  This trip and its main feature the “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers.   All prizes will be based on photographed length on a brag mat so catch and release is the game.  Fishing will commence at 12 midday on Friday, October 20, the weekend will end at 6pm on Saturday.  Inquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

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 view.  All inquires 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!