Fishing Reports - January 2017
Bermagui is legendary for its billfish with all three species visiting our waters within easy reach of trailer boat fishos. The last few seasons has seen some very good billfish action in January and with favourable water temps upon us this season is shaping up well.
Striped marlin are the most prolific to be found in our waters with the likely areas being out around the Twelve Mile, north at the Kink or maybe further north to the Tuross Canyons. Trolling lures is a good way to find these fish however switch baiting using teasers to attract then pitching a live slimy mackeral to the fish following the teasers is a whole lot of fun. If there is a lot of fish within the area try just slow trolling livies again with teasers, you may find this will also attract the blacks or blues however if you are targeting blues you may need to travel further afield out over the Continental Shelf where depths will exceed 1000 fathoms, these are the areas where these monsters like to hunt larger prey like striped tuna or the smaller yellowfin tuna or albacore.
Yes there are other game fish out there in the form of those tuna mentioned along with the occasional short bill spear fish or dolphin fish and of course there is always sharks to be found in the form of makos, whalers or hammerheads. Around Montague Island kingfish and bonito are in reasonable numbers responding to jigs, livies or strips of squid.
For those who wish for a bag of tasty reef fish there is plenty to be found in the form of both blue and jackass morwong mixing with them are a few snapper, pigfish, nannygai and ocean perch. Flathead and gummy sharks are on offer over the sandy muddy areas out from Tilba, Wallaga Lake or south east of Barragoot or Cuttaggee.
Most beaches within our area are showing signs of good fishing, salmon are the most prolific although bream, whiting and mullet are all on offer. If you wish to fish through the night jewfish, sharks and tailor will also feature.
Some of the best fishing you can experience in our area will be in the estuaries and lakes. Wallaga is one place to target with the warm water of the lake producing some reasonable flathead in the back reaches while down towards the entrance over the flats on the high tides bream, luderick, whiting, trevally, mullet are all on offer for well positioned baits or lures. Bermagui River is another system close by that fishes well with many channels, weed banks and shallow flats attracting fish. One other little lake often over looked is Cuttaggee, this system is accessible by wading or with canoes, kayaks or a small boat and is capable of producing some very good captures.