The nutrient-laden East Australian Current continues to extend southwards and there are reports of multiple game fish (marlin) tag-and-release action on our doorstep off Merimbula and Eden. Congratulations to Brent O’Neil of Victoria in Deductions with the capture of two yellowfin tuna off Merimbula, the largest being 60kg.
Snapper and morwong are reported on the chew along our reefs from Mowarry, Boyds Tower, Lennards Island and from the Horseshoe Reef area past Haycock and at White Rock from Kianinny, try 18-20 fathoms. During the full moon lots of gummy sharks have been reported off the reefs but need plenty of berley to get them excited. There are good patches of baitfish; slimy mackerel and yellowtail fairly close inshore.
Ocean flathead are plentiful in the area off the Tura Beach Golf Club, Tura Headland, Bournda, White Rock and Cowdroys. You may need to do some long drifts to find and mark a patch of feeding flathead but when found they are quite voracious and multiple hook-ups are possible.
Good calamari squid continue to be landed at both Tathra and Merimbula Wharfs with luderick remaining on the chew at Merimbula, try using artificial plastic weed lures. The best times are morning and evening. Some fine drummer are about off Tura Headland, best bait cunjevoi.
The Bega the river is fishing well with dusky flathead, whiting and bream at Mogareeka. Well up river there are bream, dusky flathead, whiting and estuary perch. Soft plastics, hard body lures and nippers are all effective.
There are trevally, bream and luderick about the oyster racks in Merimbula Lake. Dusky flathead, flounder and mullet are available in the lake, try bread berley and prawn bait for the mullet, soft plastics and vibe lures.
The club’s annual “Dusky Dash for Cash” dusky flathead competition is coming next weekend, March 17-18. This competition awards prizes based on a “brag mat” photograph of the fish, allowing for safe release back into the water. There are prizes for 1st to 3rd, also for juniors who are eligible for free entry. There is also a prize for a ”bag” of 5 duskies based on cumulative length and the best by-catch. The fishing area lies between Goalen Head to the southernmost point of Disaster Bay. Fishing commences 6am on the 17th and ceases at 3pm on Sunday 18th. Entry by the club’s website. Forms are also available from McKays Oysters, Tackle World Merimbula and at the club in Spencer Park. The club’s doors open at 6.30pm for briefing on Friday evening.
Closely following the “Dusky Dash for Cash” is the Club’s annual Seafood Dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 24. This is a six-course seafood spectacular and must not be missed. Visitors are welcome. Bookings and prepayment may be made at the club and close at a maximum of 70.
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: www.mbglac.com.au.
Keep your rods bent!