Good fishing near shelf brings joy for anglers

Lovely flatty: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach shows a superb sand flathead taken off Baronda Headland north of Tathra.

Lovely flatty: Les Tudberry of Tura Beach shows a superb sand flathead taken off Baronda Headland north of Tathra.

With good offshore conditions and a slowdown in the East Australian Current game anglers patrolling local waters on the lookout for elusive yellowfin tuna have at least been successful with deep dropping off the edge of the Continental Shelf. Reports of good catches of lovely blue eye, ling and ocean perch are to hand.

While it is a great time to get out on the water and pursue some excellent catches, the Merimbula Big Game and Lake Angling Club remind all anglers that social distancing must still be adhered to.

Club members said they were looking forward to welcoming the return of visitors when travel restrictions were eased, and encouraged local fishers to follow regulations while on shore, or out in the boat.

In regular fishing news, snapper continue to perform at local reefs such as White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Lennards , North Head and Boyds Tower. Best time is early morning and evening with the change of tide. Ocean flathead have reappeared at popular spots off Cowdroys, Kianinny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland, try 15-20 fathoms. Good size Australian salmon are running off our beaches and headlands. Try North Tura, Headland, Haycock and Aslings. Silver spinners or ganged pilchards are the way to go. Large kingfish have been speared off Long Point.

Activity is continuing to slow in our estuaries as the temperature drops. Try the change of tide near Mogareeka in the Bega River. Soft plastic and metal vibe lures give best results as there is less encouragement for swarms of small bream which continually strip any bait presented.

In the Merimbula channel fish for trevally and tailor from around the bridge, the Marina, and the MBGLAC jetty. Best time is low tide with soft plastics or pilchard baits. In the Merimbula Top Lake tailor are ever-present as well as bream, some dusky flathead and trevally.

MBGLAC membership applications, renewals and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the club's website at www.mbglac.com.au.

For more information or inquiries, contact Peter Haar 0417 021 066.