Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club fishing report

All in a night's work: Jasper Dulhunty shows a lovely estuary perch taken and released at night. Bream and estuary perch are active in Merimbula Lake.

All in a night's work: Jasper Dulhunty shows a lovely estuary perch taken and released at night. Bream and estuary perch are active in Merimbula Lake.

Game anglers are excited that southern bluefin tuna have been sighted off Bunga headland at the second drop off (150’ 25”E).  Most fish seem about 20kg plus, although some larger ones have been noted.  For a long while the only southern bluefin we have heard of were 180-200km offshore falling to longliners.  Fish at the shelf come within range of local and visiting game anglers.

Ocean flathead are responding to warmer waters (+16 degrees).  Best areas are out of Kianinny and to the north off Baronda headland; try 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms.  Also try SE of Turingal Headland, off White Rock, and the Tathra Hotel. 

Snapper and morwong are available off our local reefs.  Best areas are between 15 and 20 fathoms off Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower.  Graham Bywaters reports good salmon on Tura Beach just south of the headland.  Good salmon are also reported on North Tura beach just south of Bournda Island. 

In the estuaries, soft plastics are great for trevally, bream and dusky flathead but at present we are competing with swarms of voracious tailor.  Relatively large tailor are abundant in the lakes and Bega River (though with the entrance closed it is also a lake) – try metal spinners.  At the Bega River, good tailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach.  Best time for tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening.  Try spinning with metal lures. 

Merimbula Lake has returned a few dusky flathead; best using soft plastics.  Bream and estuary perch are active, try the rock wall just up from the launching ramp.  A 90cm dusky flathead was caught and released just at the Bega launching ramp, one early morning, showing that trophy fish are starting to come on the chew.

The club’s annual “Mex Williams Memorial Fishing Competition” is free and open to all comers and starts 12 midday this Friday at Wonboyn Lake and end 6pm on Saturday.  Dusky flathead is the target.   All prizes are based on photographed length on a DPI brag mat, so catch and release is the game. The weather forecast is good and a great weekend is anticipated for the Club’s trip away.   The venue is the Wonboyn Lake Resort where there is a private launching ramp and jetty and great BBQ facilities.  For all details and bookings look at Wonboyn Lake Resort’s website; bookings; Andrew on 0411 341 406, enquiries Merrily Bell on 0427 011 074.

The government sponsored “Gone Fishing Day” is scheduled for Sunday 14 October.  You can help shape and promote recreational fishing in Australia by joining the national recreational fishing register.  Google; “Gone Fishing Day”.   Once registered you will be kept informed about what’s happening in recreational fishing.  It’s free and you will be helping to build a bright and sustainable future for recreational fishing in Australia.

With the club away at Wonboyn the clubhouse will not be open on Friday evening.   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: www.mbglac.com.au