Big game tournaments delayed by weather

Nice catch: Merimbula's Brendan Galea shows off a magnificent snapper he landed off Long Point, Merimbula. Picture: Supplied.

Nice catch: Merimbula's Brendan Galea shows off a magnificent snapper he landed off Long Point, Merimbula. Picture: Supplied.

Following a wipeout last weekend due to strong offshore winds, the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club’s 26th Broadbill Swordfish and sixth Southern Bluefin Tournament will re-commence this Friday July 13. 

Members of NSWGFA, GFAA and ANSA clubs can all compete with briefing scheduled for 7pm on Thursday at MBGLAC’s Spencer Park club rooms in Merimbula. 

The event runs from 7am on Friday until 7am on Monday.  Boats may leave from their own ports, but must abide by the fishing boundaries which are due east of Goalen Head at 360 33”S and due east of the Southern end of Disaster Bay to the south at 370 19”S.  

Local big game boats have basked among large schools of bluefin tuna with cubing keeping the action close and exciting.  Larger fish shadow the schools deeper down.  Hopefully these tuna will be on the scene during the tournaments.

A real plague of quite small chinamen leatherjacket are moving southwards past White Rock near Kianinny.  Good flathead are on the chew but it is a costly battle. 

Further south good flathead can be found at 20 fathoms off the Tura Beach Golf Course and Short Point.

Snapper and Morwong are about the local reefs, all the way from White Rock to Boyd’s Tower off Eden.  Both soft plastics and pilchard baits are very effective.  Schools of Couta can be a problem. 

Australian salmon remain patchy off the beaches.  Try Tura, Main and Haycock Beaches as well as Tura and Short Point Headlands.  Salmon are attracted to gang hooked pilchards and surf poppers.  Spinning can also bring good rewards.  Best time is early morning or at dusk when good size tailor come onto the bite. The Pambula River Mouth now is a good time to troll and spin for salmon.

In the Merimbula front lake the run-in from the sea is good for Trevally and Bream over the shallows.  Nippers without a sinker or soft plastics will get results.  

 Reports from the Bega River, which remains closed, include some large Bream well up-stream on soft plastics. At Pambula; bream and tailor remain on the bite.

The Merimbula Back Lake has cooled considerably to about 12 degrees and dusky flathead have really slowed down. 

The Club is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.  Head along for the views, fishing report and competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host.  All enquires to Lindon Thompson on 0411 873 880.  Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club’s website