Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club fishing report

Challenge winner: Ian Neilson of Merimbula receives the major prize for his catch and release bream from Ron Vanderdrift and Peter Haar.
Challenge winner: Ian Neilson of Merimbula receives the major prize for his catch and release bream from Ron Vanderdrift and Peter Haar.

The Club's annual Tri-Estuary Challenge, which is totally catch and release based on DPI brag mat photos, ran successfully last weekend with great fishing conditions overall notwithstanding forecasts for inclement weather.

There were 72 entrants, including 17 juniors - a near record rollup. This is an outstanding result for the club seeking to foster today's youth into the joys of angling. Congratulations to six-year-old Logan Walker of Eden who won the junior category for bream, dusky flathead and salmon. Other junior winners include Rali Badullovich with the longest trevally, Ava Tatman the longest tailor, Jackson Antill the longest luderick and Tiffany Bragg for the longest whiting.

Ian Neilson took out the major prize for seniors; a Watersnake Electric Motor sponsored by Jarvis Walker and Tackle World Merimbula, with a magnificent bream of 427mm. Ian also gained first prize for whiting with a lovely fish of 385mm. The dusky flathead prize went to Alan Wilkins of Tura Beach with a dusky of 722mm. The trevally and salmon prizes went to long-term member Robert Wood. Finally congratulations to David Hay for his winning luderick.

Ocean flathead have really come onto the chew, try off Tura Headland, the Tura golf course and Long Point from 15 fathoms out to 20 fathoms. Snapper and morwong are on the chew off our local reefs; often at 17 fathoms, try Long Point and White Rock as well as Lennards, North Head and Boyds Tower and Green Cape. Best baits are slimy mackerel. Try Pambula entrance, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden for Australian salmon. The Merimbula Wharf continues to provide good calamari squid with early morning and evening the best times. Try a slow sinking squid jig let down to the weed tops.

In the estuaries, bream, dusky flathead, trevally and tailor are back on the bite. At Merimbula trevally, bream, tailor plus an occasional flounder congregate in the lower channel at low tide and good dusky flathead, bream, trevally and tailor are to be found around the oyster leases along the edges of the main lake. Large bream are typical of Pambula Broadwater plus there are duskys in the channel between Broadwater and the river at Pambula together with tailor and occasional salmon.

Lovely whiting are also showing up at Pambula. At Mogareeka try near the bridge for dusky flathead and the cliff wall up from the launching ramp for bream and estuary perch. Soft plastics, hard bodies, nippers, pilchards and peeled prawns offer the best results.

The club will be open this Friday, November 8, come and enjoy the views.