WE’VE seen a few gummy sharks again this week with these fish in better numbers off the southern end of Cuttagee in 50-60m of water, while some boats have also done well off Camel Rock in 30-40m of water.
Among the gummy captures have been some good sized tiger flathead. Morwong remain more prevalent than snapper still as the latter remain hit and miss for many.
Those fishing at anchor last week struggled and barracouta were thick in places.
We’re really only seeing a few undersize kingfish off the Three Brothers and Cuttagee, while well north toward Tuross there have been some better kings and bonito taken on the jig on occasion.
While Wallaga Lake produces lots of smaller flathead in these coolers months we have seen more reasonable captures into the back end of last week with many more legal fish starting to move about.
The bream fishing is steady with the river producing some nice fish and plenty of good sized trevally and blackfish.
The run out tide is still a little murky and getting the bite of soft baits has been a little easier than the run in tides clearer waters.
Salmon remain the staple on the beaches and a few customers spinning from the rocks have landed some better sized tailor this week.
The AFTA trade show is on next week where all new products for the upcoming season are on display.
So we’ll be there next week to see what’s hot and what’s not for the coming season, and the Ocean Hut Compleat Angler in Narooma will also be there so the locals’ stores will have a good grip on the latest tackle on our return.
Scotty, James, Miller and Loz
Bermagui Bait & Tackle
STAFF member Darren “Dash” Bowater and customer “Hippie” had a good flathead session up to Tuross Lake, which would probably by the pick of the local estuaries at the moment.
They got none on the gravel as the fish seem to be searching out the darker mud in these chilly conditions.
Dash got several nice fish up to 60cm fish on a Gary Glitter soft plastic.
Wagonga Inlet has small tailor for those trolling, while the beaches have been delivering smaller salmon up to 1.5kg in the days following the last storm.
Rob – Ocean Hut Compleat Angler
Anglers express ‘grave concerns’ about super trawler
THE Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the national peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 5 million anglers, is delaying its final policy statement on the Dutch-owned super trawler, FV Margiris, due to a lack of science regarding possible localised depletion issues with baitfish stocks off eastern Australia.
ARFF representatives this week met with Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) officials in Canberra and were given a detailed briefing on the current science on the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF), which the 142m super trawler proposes to target.
“We are committed to examining this issue in the light of the best available science, as is appropriate with all fisheries management and conservation issues.
“At present the science on the stocks and movement of baitfish to give us the confidence that the Margiris will not have a detrimental effect on local bait stocks, the marine food chain or local communities that rely on recreational fishing, does not seem to exist.
“Unless new information or processes come to hand that can convince us otherwise, we cannot support the arrival of this super trawler into Australian waters.” ARFF spokesperson Allan Hansard said today.
ARFF will release a final policy statement on the super trawler issue following assessment of any new information or processes.
The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) is the newly formed national peak body representing Australia’s Recreational Fishing Community and is supported by the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA), Recfish Australia, Game Fishing Association Australia (GFAA), Sunfish Queensland, Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT), Recfishwest, Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW (RFANSW), Underwater Skindivers and Fishermen’s Association (USFA); Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA), and the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association (PFIGA).
Meanwhile, the daughterless carp program has been axed.
The ABC’s ‘Landline’ reported on 22 June that the MDBA’s daughterless carp program has been axed.
The timing couldn’t be worse, with scientists predicting that several years of above-average rainfall in southern Australia have provided perfect conditions for European carp leading in some areas to a 4,000 per cent increase in numbers.
The daughterless carp project was federally funded through the Murray Darling Basin Authority and was touted as offering a future means of carp control. According to the ABC report, the MDBA decided that progress has been too slow and there were doubts that it would ever really be effective. The authority has stated "Whilst we believe the daughterless technology for carp has merit, it is a potentially long term an expensive investment with no guarantee of success."
Funding for the project has been stopped since 1 July although the MDBA will continue to fund research into the effectiveness and safety of koi herpes virus. Koi herpes virus emerged in the late 1990s and caused havoc to carp populations in the Northern Hemisphere. The risks it poses to Australian native fish is currently being researched and that work will take years to complete.
The daughterless carp program was looking at genetic technology that induces carp to produce only male offspring, leading to the eventual demise of the population. Scientists working on the program claim they had succeeded with the method in laboratory tests on zebra fish and were about two years away from being able to prove that the same method worked on carp. This would have taken only a few hundred thousand dollars to complete, compared to the $4 million already spent.
There was also hope that the technology could be applied to other pest species including tilapia and cane toads.
See you on the water