Marlin off Merimbula, flathead off Kianniny and prawns running as anglers enjoy good holiday conditions


Chris Young of Tura Beach continues the successful gummy (flake) run offshore from near Cowdroys Headland, taken with a slimy mackerel head as bait.

With perfect weather conditions last weekend members of MBGLAC bemoan the cancellation of its heritage Gala fishing competition and its Monster once a year only Fresh Fish Auction and entertainment planned for Sunday afternoon 10 January at Spencer Park.   Canceled for the second year in a row, firstly due to the bushfire emergency and now the Victorian visitor exodus and Covid safety requirements  the Club’s concern is loss of continuity and the difficulty of ramping-up this event successfully in 2022.  

The Club will interact with all its wonderful business sponsors and members and supporters to make 2022 the best ever gala.

Offshore, in a strongly running East Australian Current and with temperatures now up to 23 degrees, marlin activity has commenced off Merimbula.  Congratulations to Paul Jones in Seamode and Craig Woolley of Spooky 1 for the Clubs first tag and release marlin for the 2021 season.

Last weekend saw some spectacular flathead catches in deeper waters off Kianniny, mainly tiger flathead which have moved closer inshore to spawn but also some magnificent blue spotted sand flathead. Congratulations to Lindon Thompson of Berambool for his outstanding 591mm sand flathead.  

Try 23 fathoms out from Kianniny and 20 fathoms at White Rock. Morwong have really come on the chew and some great fish taken off the White Rock reefs as well as Haycock and Boyds Tower.  Snapper are also on the chew with the commencement of the January prawn run.  Best results from anchoring and using burley bombs at depth.  There are also lots of large slimy mackerel about and when taken these are the best bait for everything.  Try soft plastics and micro jigs.  When all else fails the humble pilchard is the best standby.  

For Australian salmon off the beaches try Tura, Haycock and Aslings at Eden.  Anglers at Tura Beach report retrieval of just Australian salmon heads of due to frenzic shark activity – a good warning for swimmers.  The Merimbula Bar is now shallower than ever and causing great problems for anyone trying to cross during low tides.  It is imperative that we advise boaters to be extra cautious with entry and exit from the Merimbula Lake.  Marine Rescue Merimbula maintain their restriction only crossing the bar within 3 hours  of high tide.

We anticipate a good run of squid now the January prawn run has commenced, try the Merimbula Wharf or Tura Headland.  The channels at Merimbula and Pambula are productive for bream, dusky flathead, flounder as well as tailor and trevally.  

We recommend dusky flathead and large bream are truly catch and release only species.  Quantities are limited as our estuaries are not large and the big duskys, we all try to land, are the breeders.  So kiss and release is the name of the game.  We have reports of good bream in the Bega River up at Blackmans.  There are also good tailor and Australian salmon, try silver spinners trolled in the main channel between the launching ramp and Thompsons.  Similarly in the Merimbula channel between the bridge and the entrance.  Best time is the start of the run-in tide.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open from 6.30pm on Friday 15 January.  Visitors are very welcome.  Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host.  To meet social distancing requirements bookings are necessary.  All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.   MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.