Warm water , warm seas and plenty of bait can only mean one thing , Billfish. Kevin and myself went for a look out Bunga and wide a few days ago and its starting to shape up nicely. North current with blue bottles is surly a good sign. For us we didn't turn a reel. We ended up Bunga and wide of Tathra looking of a YFT and 0. On the other front Jewfish have been in great numbers in the Bega River and also up at Batemans Bay. Bass and EP are biting there heads off in Brogo with plenty of great late arvo surface fishing ..Baron and Bushy are having a field day on the Whiting on the Bassday Sugapen lures.
Posted: October 19, 2017|
We are coming into a great time of year and the fish are really starting to wake up in this part of the world. Kev the Kingslayer has been sneaking around the island and catching some rats and a few good ones. It is no secret that this time of year the kingies are likely to bust up on the surface and if you are in the right spot with a stick bait and a spin rod there is fun to be had.The fish have been really mobile and have been turning up anywhere from the island to Eden. Anyone who can find surface kingies on a timetable is a genius and I havenʼt met one yet! Just keep your eyes open for birds and hope that the fish are bigger rather than smaller. Even I have caught a few over the past couple of weeks so they must be thick at times. I have included a bit of footage shot on my phone from last season so you will know what to look for on the surface. The bottom fishing is still a bit patchy but plenty of flathead have made their way into frying pans over the last week, alt
Spring Time , with the weather now starting to warm up we should see a break in these westerly winds that have been hammering us over the past few months. Outside fishing remains constant with good size and reasonable Snapper being taken on the shallow reefs. Places like Bunga , and Golan Head and fished well with Kev the Chef having some good morning and afternoons. Leather Jackets and Barracouta can sometimes be a real pest when fishing these reefs so burly up lightly. Offshore the long Liners continue to bring in Bluefin. Sadly for Bermi the Yellowfin Tuna just never arrived .Estuary fishing is heating up with some great Bream and EP fishing in both Bega and Bermagui Rivers , the lure of choice seems to be the Z-man 2.5 Curly Tail in motor oil both EP and Bass love this little plastic. Speaking of Bass , nows the time to start have a crack at these wonderful tough native fish , the south coast is a great spot for Bass with most freshwater systems holding fish. If its trophy fish y
Unfortunately the weather hasn't been to kind to us over the past two weeks especially seeing that there seems to be a few numbers of Bluefin out the front of Bermagui. The longline fleet seem to be doing pretty well with good numbers and good size fish within trailer boat reach. Problem being we just cant seem to shake with 20-25 knot Westerly wind. Good thing about Bermagui is there are options , August can be a great month to get out on the stones and have a go at Drummer , these are hard fighting fish and will test the best tackle around. The locals have been picking a nice bag on each occasion and plenty of large Grouper in the mix. This week has produced some more great estuary fishing for the those persisting despite the wind. Good time of year to try for a solid trifecta of Bass, Bream and EP. Those wanting to fish the inshore Reefs or Sand have been hampered by either Leather Jackets or Barracuda , Early mornings seem to be the key to getting a few Snapper. For anymore
THE hot marlin bite we reported on last week continued on right until the latest East Coast low put an end to offshore ventures on the weekend.
The billfish and the anglers travelled south last week and we heard reports of 20-plus boats heading out from Eden to chase the marlin.
But by the middle of last week, any marlin hitting the warm water (23.2 degrees) on the Far South Coast would have been travelling north pushing up to the Bunga Canyons, so the fish were in better numbers of Tathra and now Bermagui again.
There are also always a few stragglers on either side of the main action.
There were even a couple marlin landed on the 4 Mile Reef in close off Bermi and there was stacks of bait in 70-80 fathoms.
There were also some solid kingies in 20 fathoms off Bunga last week, while staff member Michael and customer Harley brought back a mako while fishing for snapper in the area.
No reports of decent kings at Montague Island yet but we
Saturday last was great weather for heading out to sea and it proved highly rewarding for many local and visiting fisher's with inshore and offshore waters both producing fish, we even had the first Marlin hook up of the season. Albacore were readily landed on the weekend across the board, the better specimens touching on 12kg, a couple of small Yellowfin too were landed and some customers from Canberra hooked a marlin at the Kink.
Deep dropping in 400-550m of water was successful with a number of Blue Eye Trevalla landed to 18kg, the fish were a little bigger than we'd seen in recent weeks. Inshore reefs continue to produce great numbers of Flathead both Sandy's and Tiger's, the Gummy Sharks were promising late last week (good numbers caught Thursday & Friday) but given the number of boats on these grounds over the weekend it seemed to be quieter.
A handful of Kingfish were caught, mainly on the surface by those casting smaller metal lures in an attempt to match the