Anglers strike gold with bluefin catches

Nine-year-old Harley Walker holds his largest ever albacore, caught more than 60km off Tathra on the weekend.

Nine-year-old Harley Walker holds his largest ever albacore, caught more than 60km off Tathra on the weekend.

Merimbula Big Game and Lake Angling Club members congratulate Heather Sutterby and Robert Wood who both landed excellent bluefin catches on Sunday.

The duo were fishing from Wood's trailer boat "Snappy Tom" some 50km off Merimbula. Heather's bluefin weighed in at a stunning 44kg and Rob's at 34.5kg.

Club members also congratulated junior angler Harley Walker, 9, who landed a line-class 9kg albacore off the boat Ice Man on the weekend.

Albacore catches were also reported from Seamode and Flying Hell Fish.

The club repeats the advice to take care exiting the Merimbula Lake as the channel has moved significantly westwards and many boats are hitting shallows.

Aim for the western side of the MBGLAC fish cleaning pontoon as your turning mark. The bar is shallow and potentially dangerous.

Anglers are reporting good snapper and morwong from Long Point, Haycock, Lennards and Boyds Tower. Great snapper up to 3.5kg are reported with the big ones preferentially taking large pink soft plastics. Ocean flathead are best in the deeper waters off Tura Headland.

The club's holiday junior competition is underway and some fine kingfish and slimy mackerel have been caught near the Eden cruise wharf along with some large trevally.

The competition in conjunction with Merimbula Tackleworld is open to all juniors with free entry. There is a prize pool of $400. Under 16s and small fry - under 11s - are all eligible for prizes from a suite of five species: flathead, bream, trevally, tailor and Australian salmon.

Just photograph the fish length on a DPI brag mat (available from Tackleworld Merimbula) plus some record sheets. Full details from Tackleworld or on the club's website www.mbglac.com.au. The competition is open until 3pm Saturday 18 July.

Despite cooling waters, there are still some good dusky flathead, particularly at Mogareeka since the Bega River closed. Tailor remain very active in the Merimbula Top Lake and a few flathead, bream and trevally are available from shore near the Top Lake boat hire. Australian salmon are available off Bar Beach at the entrance to Merimbula Lake and remain in the lower reaches of the Pambula Lake. Salmon are also running well at Haycock and North Tura beaches.

The club's Salmon Sunday on July 12 for a great early morning fish then a social barbecue.

The club room has also re-opened for Friday nights, but limited to 20 guests and reservations are recommended. MBGLAC membership application, renewals and everything else are on the club's website. All inquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.