Good catches as weather perks up

Behlana Robinson of Waurn Ponds shows her 6.9 Kg Gummy Shark caught off Cowdroys and the winning Gummy in the Tathra Amateur Fishing Clubs Easter Fishing Competition.

Behlana Robinson of Waurn Ponds shows her 6.9 Kg Gummy Shark caught off Cowdroys and the winning Gummy in the Tathra Amateur Fishing Clubs Easter Fishing Competition.

The Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club has reported improved weather providing a boost for most anglers.

Capping off the club's month-long friendly competition Adam Blacka and his twin sons Caleb and Hailey were the winners with some spectacular marlin tag and releases.

Officials said the event was focused on inspiring those who have never fished for marlin, never caught one, to participate. Adam tagged and released his own lovely striped marlin then fulfilled the Club's "Club Friendly" charter twofold with his 10-year-old sons each catching and releasing their first ever marlin.

In regular fishing news, the best areas for ocean flathead are off Tura Headland, Bournda Island and Turingal Point at 20 fathoms. Further north off Bithry Inlet, fish the same depth for some excellent sandies. Green oceanic toadfish have arrived in the deeper waters and gear loss can be a problem. The only solution is to move. Our local reefs are productive with snapper, mowong and gummy shark on offer. Plaguing most reef areas are eastern red scorpion fish otherwise known as poor man's lobster. With an enormous mouth these highly venomous fish are just too easy to catch. No matter what, do not get spiked by the scorpion fish. They can be kept as an edible boneless whitefish though.

Australian salmon are plentiful from the headlands, Short Point and Tura as well as off local beaches; Main, Haycock and Aslings. Look for the rips (channels) for the main action. Best time is towards evening with a rising tide.

Calamari squid remain plentiful from the Merimbula Wharf and small prawn-like jigs are working a treat. Luderick nearing the end of the seasons run remain patchy. Best time just after dawn and at sunset. Salmon, tailor and trevally are about in the early mornings and evenings. A great kingfish has been landed at the wharf, congratulations to Melbourne visitor Frank Daquino.

The estuaries have cleared following the rains and good dusky flathead, bream, whiting and trevally are all on the chew. Pilchards remain a staple bait as well as nippers and well directed soft plastics. Garfish have come back on the bite. You need to anchor in sheltered areas, burley with bread crumbs and fish with a dough bait beneath a small float. The channels at Merimbula, Pambula and the Bega River also offer tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead.

The Spencer Park clubhouse will be open on Friday from 6.30pm.

Visitors are very welcome.

All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC membership applications, renewals and more at the website www.mbglac.com.au.