Strong currents make marlin hard to find

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Maggie Van der Toorren of Tura Beach shows a lovely Australian Salmon taken off Haycock Beach during last week’s Eden Amateur Fishing Competition.

There are now good marlin off Eden but tantalizingly difficult to locate

Due to strong currents associated with the EAC.  The currents and lack of consistency also applies to deep dropping at the shelf where blue eye and ling gather.  

Questions asked about the apparent lack of dolphin fish at the FAD may relate to the unusual number of natural FADs; trees and logs washed out to sea from recent east coast floods, so that dolphin fish have become very widespread. 

Congratulations to Club Members; Heather Sutterby for her 2.63kg snapper and  2.00kg morwong, Chris Young’s  1.17kg luderick and Lachlan Wilkins, representing the under 6’s with his 1.88kg Australian salmon,  all prize winners in the Eden Competition.

Possibly due to the full moon or the north trending current inshore, fishing out of Kianinny last week saw some anglers reduced to fishing for red rock cod (poor man’s lobster) as nothing else appeared to be on the chew apart from some ocean flathead right in front of Kianinny.  Good morwong and snapper are expected to be back on the chew by now, try micro jigs.  Near Merimbula try the north end of Horseshoe reef at 12-15 fathoms.  Best results at dawn and dusk, from anchoring with a deep slung berley pot.  Best snapper appear to be further south past Lennards Island and at North Head.

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 available off Tura Headland and Quondolo, try drifting at 12-15 fathoms.  

Trevally, dusky flathead the occasional flounder, whiting  and bream remain on the chew along the Merimbula channel down from the bridge tailor.  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.  Large dusky flathead are available at Mogareeka try pilchard or slimy mackerel as well as soft plastics.

At the Merimbula Wharf there are lots of calamari squid before dawn and just after sunset, try a slow sinking No.3 jig.  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.  Salmon remain on the chew around our local headlands.

On Friday 20 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!