Local anglers welcome good fishing conditions during school holidays.

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12-yr-old Emily Armitage of Torquay Victoria with her rarely line-caught red Morwong.

With the sand spit between Fishpen and Bar Beach breached by a second outlet channel the lower Merimbula Lake channel is rapidly shallowing.  Extra care is needed for exit and entry across the bar.  Don’t forget your life jackets and do not take the first channel to exit the lake.

Migrating whales are now a lot closer to shore than when they first started their migration to Antarctica.  They are easy to see from our headland vantage points and from Merimbula and Eden’s popular whale charters.   Look for the scads of birds diving in and feeding on the bait scraps surrounding the whales.  

Tere are good snapper and morwong from White Rock, Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe Reef and Lennards Island.  Try 1`7 fathoms.  Some very large snapper and gummy shark are also reported from the southern side of Haycock Reef.  Unfortunately we keep getting reports of voracious chinamen leatherjackets particularly to the north off Bournda Island and White Rock.  Flathead are reported from 20 fathoms off the Golf Course at Tura Beach.  Further north try off Kianinny and Cowdroys at 18 fathoms. 

Traditionally the start of the summer estuary fishing season is October and dusky flathead have been reported together with trevally in the Merimbula main lake and at Pambula in the Broadwater.  In the Bega River try the rockwall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch and near the bridge for dusky flathead.  Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns often the best baits. 

The Merimbula Fishing platform has yellowtail and a few slimy mackerel.  Burley is a must to bring the bait fish onto the bite.  Good calamari squid are prevalent after dark falling to those with patience using mostly red colored jigs.

On Friday 4 October 6.30 for 7.00pm the Club will host John Smythe who will talk about the Sea Urchin Problem.   John’s presentation will give a background to the problem and how it has been addressed at state level.  He will outline a possible small scale program that MBGLAC may be interested in to rehabilitate the reef around Merimbula Wharf, restoring the weedy habitat and increase fishing opportunities.

John is secretary of Abalone Association of NSW the peak industry body for the abalone and sea urchin fisheries in NSW.  He is also a NSW Director on the Abalone Council of Australia, the body that represents the abalone fishery nationally as well as co-ordinates all abalone research through FRDC.  He has been abalone diving for 45 years mostly out of Merimbula, Tathra and Eden and has been involved with research into sea urchins since the early 1990s.

All are welcome to attend and this topical presentation looks like being very interesting and timely.

You can also enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is the 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: www.mbglac.com.au

Keep your rods bent!