Snapper on the bite as classic draws near

Ahead of MBGLAC's Snapper Classic, John Ashcroft shows a lovely snapper taken off Haycock Reef out of Merimbula.

Ahead of MBGLAC's Snapper Classic, John Ashcroft shows a lovely snapper taken off Haycock Reef out of Merimbula.

Offshore fishing remains strong with waters holding up to 22 degrees Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club officials said. Some yellowfin tuna have also moved in closer to the coast with a massive engagement reported from the edge of the continental shelf off Goalen Headland.

Showing the great distance these fish can travel a yellowfin tagged locally in 2017 has been tagged almost 1300km north in the Coral Sea.

Closer to shore, anglers report bag-out catches of sand flathead in Merimbula Bay near the Pambula River Mouth at about 14 fathoms.

Flathead remain on the chew off Short Point Tura Headland, Bournda Island, Turingal Point and off Cowdroys and Bithry Inlet at 20 fathoms. Good snapper and morwong are reported from our local reefs; Long Point to Short Point and White Rock also Lennards Island, North Head and Boyds Tower down to Mowarry.

Best results from anchoring and burleying morning and evening at 17-20 fathoms. Gummy shark are also back on the bite south of Haycock Point.

Salmon are a little quite but together with tailor can be taken off our beaches in the early mornings and evenings on a rising tide. Try whole pilchards on a three ganged hook below a blue coloured popper. Good results also from spinning at the Pambula River mouth.

A zero bag limit for estuary perch began May 1 and runs until August 31. The zero bag limit does not apply to fresh water impoundments such as Brogo Dam.

Lots of bait fish in our estuaries demonstrate the waters are healthy. Returns are slowing however with the winter season already in place. Best results from the Bega River rock wall area for bream and trevally also along the Millingandi side of Merimbula Lake. Spinning for tailor with silver spinners is the main interest in Merimbula Lake, with dusky flathead a little scarce.

The club's Snapper Classic will run May 22-23 and all are welcome. There are over 15 prize categories from a prize pool of more than $3,500.

MBGLAC was recently awarded a Lowrance fishfinder as the largest club entrant in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge held over April 17-18. Funds from the competition support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 7 May from 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 the scheduled host. All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Memberships, renewals and more at