Eden Amateur Fishing Competition underway

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Photo Caption:  Joe Battaglia of Melbourne shows a magnificent drummer taken last Sunday morning from the Merimbula Wharf.

Thanks to the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Fishing Club, for the following report: 

Recent game fishing activity out from Bermagui includes tag and release of both striped and blue marlin from a single boat, congratulations to captain Peter Haar. 

Marlin are moving ever further south together with the warmer currents associated with the EAC and Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club has commenced its March Marlin Challenge.

With the Eden Amateur Fishing Club’s annual competition now well underway good catches of local fish abound testifying to the excellent fishing grounds about our coast.  Of note from the first weekend is a huge 29.9kg gummy shark, a 2.5kg drummer and a 3.92kg snapper, all great catches.

Good snapper and morwong remain on the chew.  Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 17 fathoms.  Best results at dawn and dusk, from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  There is no shortage of slimy mackerel so bait is not an issue.  Trevally and gummy shark are also likely targets.  Australian salmon remain active at Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Haycock and Aslings beaches as well as the headlands and Merimbula Wharf.  Ocean flathead are also on the chew generally best off Tura Headland and Quondolo, try drifting at 12-15 fathoms.  

All along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge tailor, trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder, whiting  and bream remain on the chew.  Best time is low tide with both soft plastics, nippers or pilchard baits.  In Merimbula Lake tailor are ever-present as well as dusky flathead, bream and trevally.

At the Merimbula Wharf luderick can be patchy but some good catches together with drummer are reported in the mornings and evenings using cabbage weed and artificial lures.  Lots of activity from spinning silver lures for Australian salmon and a few tailor.  Anybody wanting lots of tailor activity try a silver spinner above the Merimbula bridge.

On Friday 13 March the Club will be open from 6.30pm.  Visitors are welcome, come one and all and enjoy the ambience, fishing report, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. Membership Application, Membership Renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is on the Club’s Website: www.mbglac.com.au.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. 

Keep your rods bent!