Aiden Aiken and his fishing partner Josh Climas showed up the regulars over the weekend of the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club’s annual Tackle World Snapper Classic.
While most fished the traditional way; anchoring and burlying, Aiken and Climas drifted with large soft white plastics and it paid dividends for the pair.
Aiken took out the $500 first prize for the largest snapper, while Climas took out second prize of a Shimano rod and reel combination. Aiken also claimed third prize, another rod and reel combo.
Members congratulated the pair.
Not to be completely outdone, one of the club’s snapper stalwarts, Malcolm Gaeth won the $200 prize for the heaviest five fish bag. Organisers said next year is likely to see more modern techniques to keep up with the young guns.
In regular fishing news, ocean flathead both sand and tiger have really come on the bite, together with gummy sharks during the full moon. Try 20 fathoms off Merimbula and northwards all the way to Tathra.
Morwong remain along the reef edges together with snappper, but plague proportions of sweep can make reef fishing a little tedious.
In the estuaries, dusky flathead remain on the bite enjoying the mild autumn. Bream together with trevally, tailor and whiting are all available. All estuary fish respond well to soft plastics and also live nippers and baitfish metal lures bring good results.
MBGALAC’s forthcoming 24th broadbill and 4th annual bluefin tournament scheduled for the weekends of June 10-12 and 17-19 is now open for entries.
The elusive Broadbill is very much-sought-after and the very pinnacle for game fishers.
It is likely this tournament, the first in Australia to feature broadbill now that the “secret” of daytime fishing has been publicised, using methods similar to American big game anglers, will attract a record showing.
Anglers will fish, for the first time, our local offshore canyons where broadbill are expected to congregate during daylight hours.
The club maintains an open house at Spencer Park, every Friday evening commencing 6.30 pm.
Visitors are welcome, head along and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.
Darragh Reynolds and Tom Scott will be the hosts at the club rooms this Friday and will be happy to welcome you.
All inquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880.
Everything you need to know is on the club’s website at www.mbgalac.com.au and new members are welcome.
Keep your rods bent!
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