Eden fisherman surprised by juvenile humpback


Humpback whales are migrating north from Antarctica to Queensland at the moment and have already been spotted in local waters. Photo courtesy NPWS. 

Fishing report from the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club

Imagine the surprise for fisherman last Saturday when a juvenile humpback breached just meters from the new overseas cruise ship wharf at Eden!  Possibly looking for a berth? Then swimming into the cove, most likely checking out the new Visitor Information Centre!  With some 30,000 whales now estimated to make the return journey from Antarctic to Queensland waters to breed, it’s now time to look for whale activity.

The offshore marlin run continues and game fishers are reveling in the lovely autumn weather conditions.  Yellowfin tuna have also arrived with most success coming from further out on and over the second drop off past the Continental Shelf. 

Good snapper and morwong are reported from Mowarry, Boyds Tower and our local reefs; Lennards Island, Haycock, Long Point to Short Point and White Rock.  Best results from anchoring and burleying morning and evening at 17-20 fathoms.  With the full moon gummy shark are active closer in and overnight anglers fishing off Haycock and Tura Beach report good results.  Ocean flathead remain on the chew off Tura Headland, Bournda Island, Turingal Point and off Bithry Inlet at 20 fathoms.  Lots of sand flathead are reported in Merimbula Bay near the Pambula River Mouth.

Good size Australian salmon and tailor are reporting from the headlands also the beaches; Tura, Main, Haycock and Aslings at Eden. Good results also spinning at the Pambula River Mouth.  Congratulations to Jim Clarke member of Pambula who caught a 68cm tailor off Tura Beach just south of Bournda Island using a small sliver spinner.  At time of writing this is a Club record.    

Both calamari and arrow squid are available off the Merimbula Fishing Platform and small prawn-like jigs are working a treat.  Best time just after dawn and sunset.  Occasional kingfish and salmon are reported off the Merimbula Wharf and also around the Eden cruise ship wharf. 

Bream are quiet in the Bega River which remains a little murky with a strong run out current.  It is anticipated that the bream will come back onto the chew as the moon wanes, however good size dusky flathead continue to be taken at Mogereeka.  In the lakes pursuit of tailor with silver spinners is the main interest, with dusky flathead, bream and trevally a little scarce.   

It’s just one month now before the Clubs annual Snapper Classic, yes the weekend of 22 and 23 May.  Pencil it in!  All details on the Club’s website www.mbglac.com.au.   The Club welcomes all locals, members and visitors to participate in the 2021 Snapper Classic.  Thanks to the Federal Governments Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, in collaboration with the Bega Valley Shire Council plus sponsorship from Eden Outboards Mobile Servicing and Kane McKill Tree Service; there are over 15 prize categories from a prize pool of more than $3,500.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 30 April from 6.30pm.  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.  All 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. www.mbglac.com.au