Large kingfish firing around local marks

What a beauty: Yes Terry there is a Santa Claus! Local angler Terry Mulcahy with a metre plus kingfish taken from the Merimbula Fishing Platform last week.
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Fishing conditions remained good during the past week and saw lots of activity atpopular Kingfish marks such as Mowarry and South Head off Eden and Hunterrock near Merimbula. Large fish taken from the Merimbula Fishing Platform, onlive bait, show that these marine projectiles are now fairly widespread and otherpopular localities such as Long Point, Short Point and Tura Headland are worth atry.

Best areas for Ocean Flathead are in the shallower waters 14-16 fathoms and nearreef edges. Try the pinnacles near the Horseshoe Reef, off Tura Golf Course andTura Headland, off Bournda and Tathra. Good Morwong remain active off reefedges together with Gummy Sharks and Snapper. Snapper are coming onto thebight as the waters cool and are to be found at South Head out of Eden, Lennards,Horseshoe, Haycock, and the Pinnacle north of Tathra. Best time is near dawn ordusk at a tide change. Try from an anchored vessel with burley or use soft plasticsespecially if you can locate a bait ball.

Local estuaries continue to fishwell with reports of Dusky Flathead, Trevally,Bream and Whiting from all of Pambula, Merimbula and the Bega River. Nippersare a favourite with soft plastic lures and even baitfish metal lures bringing goodresults.

Marlin catches in southern parts have slowed due to cooler currents. Thesecooler waters favour Yellowfin Tuna and a reported 66Kg Tuna offKiamaportends well for the Merimbula Open in May.

At the Merimbula Fishing Platform locals and visitors have been onto some verygood Kingfish with fish over one metre in length landed. There are a few largesquid (calamari) about, try using light jigs. Some good sized Salmon have alsobeen landed. Salmon, Bonito and Frigate Mackerel are available from the TathraWharf, try metal lures as well as live baits.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s annual seafood dinner is beingheld this coming Saturday 9 April with doors open, for those lucky enough to havegot bookings, at 6.30pm.

The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club’s Open Yellowfin Tournamentscheduled for 6th, 7th and 8th May looks to be on track for a very successfulweekend. The Club is posting a $6000 cash 1st Prize for the heaviest YellowfinTuna “line class” caught over the duration of the Tournament. Thanks to its greatSponsors; there will also be 16 numerous other category prizes up for grabs. Forfurther details contact Robert Wood: 0413 333 598.

Following the Open Yellowfin Tournament the Club will be running its annualSnapper Classic on 21-22 May. With cash and prizes of over $1000 this is a greatcompetition for bottom bouncers.

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