Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Calamari anyone?: Paul Brenchley of Tura Beach shows a monster calamari squid landed at the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

Calamari anyone?: Paul Brenchley of Tura Beach shows a monster calamari squid landed at the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

At the Merimbula Wharf some stonker squid remain the order of the day. Australian Salmon are also active - mornings and evenings are the best time to hook up, metal spinners and hard body plastics both work well. Snapper and morwong can be targeted along our local reefs and respond to bait and soft plastics. 

A cool current from the south has washed over most of the flathead grounds and with water temperatures less than 16 degrees, activity has certainly slowed down.  Luckily flathead have continued to bite well about the Boyds Tower Reef and also off the Tathra Hotel.  Some good size tiger and sand flathead are reported.  Near the Kiah River entrance deeper holes in Quarantine Bay are producing jewfish with a magnificent 28kg fish reported.

The Bega River was opened last Wednesday and the fishing story has now changed.  Great catches of jewfish from the deeper holes, which held the saltiest water, have tapered off but dusky flathead are expected to have moved up-river to their normal habitat about the shallows.  Bream will certainly be further up-river.

Last Sunday evening visitors and locals were treated to the spectacle of a pair of pilot whales close in Merimbula Bay and probably feeding on prawns from the run-out from Merimbula Lake.  There are certainly lots of prawns about.  So get your prawning gear ready for the run at the next new moon. 

All the estuaries are returning bream and trevally, keep a watch for garfish and big mullet.  Dusky flathead are responding to soft plastics as well as hard body lures. 

Briefing and entries for the annual Tri Estuary fishing competition are scheduled to start at 6.30pm on Friday, December 1, at the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club house in Spencer Park.  The competition will be held this weekend, December 2-3.  This competition is catch and release only, with fish length photographed on a “brag mat” for prizes.  The event is open to all anglers with a new format and a prize pool of some $7700 for more than 50 prizes.  The fishing areas are the Bega River, Merimbula and Merimbula Back lakes and Pambula Lake.  Entry forms from the Club, McKays Oysters and Tackle World Merimbula and Fyshwick. 

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.  Everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website