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.
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