Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club

Marlin mania: Brad Foster gets ready to release a 90kg striped marlin from Spooky captained by Peter Haar, out at the shelf.

Marlin mania: Brad Foster gets ready to release a 90kg striped marlin from Spooky captained by Peter Haar, out at the shelf.

There have been some good hook-ups of blue and striped marlin and mako sharks out at the edge of the shelf in the Merimbula - Eden area, although bait schools have remained patchy.  Sizeable dorado (mahi mahi) in the 20-40kg range are providing excitement near the FADs. 

Offshore the main catch remains ocean flathead.  Good sand flathead are plentiful in the area off the Tura Beach Golf Club, Tura Headland, Bournda, White Rock and Cowdroys, try 14 to 20 fathoms.

There are quite a few slimy mackerel about near shore which make great bait, especially for gummy shark.  Morwong are reported from the Horseshoe Reef area past Haycock and at White Rock from Kianinny although snapper remain few and far between.

Salmon were schooling about Bournda Island but appear to have moved on. We await reports of where the salmon have gone.

At the wharfs, frigate mackerel and slimy mackerel continue to provide lots of fun for both locals and visitors, together with a few squid.  Best time for squid is early morning and evening to night.

At Merimbula luderick are on the prowl and some bag limit catches have come from using artificial weed.  Best time is early morning on their way out or evening as the fish return from their day’s outing.

We are advised extra large tailor are on the bite in both Merimbula and Pambula Lakes.  Silver spinners and trolling small bibbed lures are the best options.

Bream and now trevally are both active around the oyster racks; here soft plastics are the way to go.

The lakes are holding lots of mullet which are a delight to catch for juniors using a small float and prawn bait.

With water levels in the Bega River reaching flood proportions, the Bega Valley Shire Council excavated a channel last week and opened the river mouth.

We should see a movement of species particularly bream back to the upper levels of the river.

Prawns are now running with the dark of the moon – try Fishpen and Wallagoot Lake.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s next event is the catch and release “Dusky Dash for Cash” open to all comers and scheduled for the weekend of March  25-26.

The club is open every Friday evening commencing 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 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