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bermagui bait & tackle fishing reports with scott
Dated: 21 March, 2010
Robert Vitiello’s 147kg Black Marlin landed using a $40 EBay outfit and a $2 jet head.

The marlin bite offshore has slowed right down and despite good conditions and water temperatures (21-23 degrees) there has been very little bait holding on the edge. Inside the shelf the 12 Mile reef, The Kink and the bottom end of Tuross Canyons in 65-90 fathoms has held bait from time to time but it has remained down deep on most days at 25-50 fathoms.

Whilst we have been weighing in a couple of fish each day and know another 1-3 fish are being tagged most days it is pretty light on given the number of vessels on the water pursuing these fish. Over the past 3 days water clarity is great, temperatures inside the shelf are 21 degrees and we are starting to see some bait holding a little higher up in the profile and the current has slowed somewhat which may lead to some better fishing through next week.

Over the shelf the current has been very sporadic and on some days has pulled back from 3 knots to less than a knot and we start to think things will improve the next day but that water if often racing south again. There is no consistency to it for example in some areas yesterday patches of water were pushing through that were 24 degrees and again holding Dolphin Fish. Plenty of small Yellow Fin Tuna were taken on the 1000 fathom line with Southern Aurora tagging 14 of these fish and a number of visiting boats took fish also.
Glen Hillier with a nice Bass taken locally last week.

Kingfish are certainly providing a great alternative as Montague Island continues to produce plenty of them to 10kg. The size of these fish varies and some days fish of 65-75cm are prolific for a couple of hours and then you can end up on a patch of fish that are all 80-90cm. Late last week there were some specimens that could not be stopped by some fisho's and those larger fish are also a target for the seals so even if you can turn the bigger kings the time taken to boat them often results in a seal taking the fish. There are plenty of jigs that are working at present and so to soft plastics with anything from 1/2 to 2 ounce jig heads (depending on how much current there is). Soft Plastics that will catch these fish include your 5 and 7 inch GULP jerkshads, large Squidgy Flick baits, Slug go's and the Berkeley Hollow Belly's in the 6 inch Pearl White to name a few. Those bait fishing using livies, strips of fresh slimey, squid or cuttlefish in the rip and around the foul house took fish as effectively as those on the jig.

Free flowing estauries are providing an excellent opportunity for those lure casting and fishing with bait. Good numbers of Bream, Flathead, Trevally and Whiting are holding around structure including pilons, snags and the multitude of oyster racks found in our local river systems. Surface fishing remains good for Bream and Whiting in the Bermagui River, Wallaga Lake and Wapengo. Wallaga's Flathead are of no real size although there were some larger specimens taken earlier last month.
James Caves with a little Dolly taken of fly.

Inshore reefs have taken their time to start producing fish again and in recent weeks Sand and Tiger Flathead can be found readily to the south of Cuttagee and north off the Step, Camel Rock and Cemetry. Below the Island has produced some good Snapper and Morwong and the odd Gummy Shark or Bronze Whaler.

Andy with a sample of the Bonito that have schooled up in Horseshoe Bay.

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Bermagui NSW 2546
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