Catch of the Day (April 27): Inshore bottom bashing on the Far South Coast of NSW is nigh on impossible due to the latest leatherjacket plague.
The good news is were last week some yellowfin encountered in close to Montague Island and more dolphinfish in the area, while the long-liner Sea Angel was seen unloading some thumper yellowfin at the Bermagui Fisherman’s Wharf on Saturday.
The amazing kingfish run at Montague Island of a week ago seems to have ended with no recent reports, although the weather over the weekend probably also kept a few off the water.
Estuary fishing continues to be great as the fish take advantage of the last of the warm water before winter.
There have also been some thumper salmon making the social media rounds.
Fishermen who did get out of Bermagui over the weekend reported leatherjackets on every drop fro Camel Rock down to the Three Brothers. There have also been reports of jacket offshore from Tathra too.
Local trap fishermen are also reporting that all their traps are coming up chockers of leatherjacket.
Earlier the week, leatherjackets were reported biting off rigs at Narooma too.
And in the latest development, jackets have been encountered in estuaries in the Bega River at Wagonga Inlet at Narooma.
The jackets were biting soft plastics of the clients of one fishing guide at Narooma while another angler caught eight leatherjackets in the Bega River.
As one angler said there has to be some bad with the good hot water that has brought dolphinfish and other waterwater species to the Far South Coast.
We are not sure how far north of the South Coast of NSW the leatherjacket scourge extends but drop us a line or send us a comment if you have encountered them!
The Redmap organisation that is tracking unusual marine encounters would also like to know.