The marlin have stuck around for the game anglers following on from the successful Bermagui Blue Water Classic that last month saw 78 marlin tagged and only two captured for weigh-in. It’s fantastic to see catch and release catching on and let’s hope all local fishing comps move that way.
Well done to young local angler and fishing page regular Georgia Poyner who got her first marlin on Sunday, which was tagged and released. “She put up an awesome fight which lasted an hour an a half jumping only once and staying down deep for most of the time. Got it on my Jigging Master Powerspell 300g spin outfit using 10kg drag.” She estimated the striped marlin to be around 80kg. Well done Georgia, especially on light tackle!
Bermi Bait & Tackle meanwhile had footage on its Facebook page of local game boat Headhunter returning with 10 marlin flags – pretty good fishing for one day! Scotty reported that most marlin over the weekend were coming from The Kink south to the bottom of the 12 Mile Reef, and as an added bonus the dolphinfish were of good size again.
The kingfish in Wagonga Inlet also seem to be hanging around, with now regular Narooma News fishing page identity young Will Tiffen having some fun on the weekend judging by his photo on the Ocean Hut Compleat Angler Facebook page. John Painter also caught a 60cm kingfish in the inlet using a nipper, proving they will take just about anything.
A great run of prawns in Corunna Lake ended when National Parks opened the lake entrance on Monday. On the plus side, fishing will improve with tidal flow. The lake is opened when trigger points are reached at the Old Highway just past Tilba Valley Winery. The lake was last opened by National Parks in July last year and then June 2014, and prior to that the lake opened briefly but naturally during big rains in 2013.
After the recent rains, all the local lakes are open. The good news is fishing should improve in these lakes and there would have been some good sessions on the beach near the lake entrances after the rains. And we know of at least one angler who got a nice mulloway on a Bermagui area beach. There have also been some posts of some great bream and whiting caught in Narooma and Bermagui lakes on surface poppers, so now is the time to target those flats.
Graham at Moruya Tackle World meanwhile reports that there are some nice flatties being caught down the front of Moruya River on both soft plastics and live nippers and poddies with some whiting and bream also being caught in the back waters. The hospital area is producing some nice bream around the rocks with flathead being caught after dark.
He and Jack had a great little session on Tuross Lake chasing bream on surface lures . Using the Jackson Pygmy Popper around a rock bar up river releasing eight bream and two flatties in a couple of hours. The rocks and beaches are fishing well with some great whiting, flathead and bream using live beach worms, while those chasing drummer and bream around Moruya heads used peeled prawns as bait.
Offshore Graham reports some great reddies down around Murrimburah area out wide of the marine park with some great flatties both off the wind sock and down off Tuross. Kingfish around 90cm have been caught down around Montague mainly on jigs.