Reel Deal: No luck in search for southern bluefin

Dam fine fish: Daryl Wardman trolled the timber at Glenbawn Dam to catch and release this Australian bass.

Dam fine fish: Daryl Wardman trolled the timber at Glenbawn Dam to catch and release this Australian bass.

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal says yet another weekend passed with a mixed bag of conditions from windy mornings to flat ultra-clear seas.

Unfortunately the southern bluefin tuna didn’t play the game over the weekend and even though lots of boats headed south towards Batemans Bay and even down to Bermagui to try and find the bite, the full moon phase meant very little result.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

From radio chatter it seemed there were only a couple of fish caught with one going around the 120kg mark out wide from Tathra.

However earlier this week, a very nice striped marlin over 160 kilograms was captured wide from Jervis Bay, but very little else despite the efforts of many boats.

Snapper were again playing hard to get but most crews attributed that to the crystal clear water and the current moon phase.

The best catches came from those who were out on the briny well before the sun rose over the horizon.

Tim Tuta found the fish again on Monday, boating some perfect sized table fish on soft plastics but he did have to work hard to find them.

The flathead drifts were still producing good fish in all the usual haunts but you will have to persevere with the hoardes of rig-wrecking barracouta.

Beaches also again fished well but better results came from fishing under the cover of darkness with the crystal clear flat conditions.

There were some rumours of some good sized mulloway lost over the last few days by guys working the tides rather than the clock.

Bream and whiting were still about and with the clear conditions as good as they have been, these guys have been very fussy and only eating the freshest of baits such as live beach worms and or pipis.

Early notice for your diaries is to pencil in August 3-7 for the Yamaha Sydney Boat Show to be held at Darling Harbour and surrounds.

Details at www.sydneyboatshow.com.au where you can also buy online tickets to beat the queues.

Reminder for members of Berkeley Hotel FC the weigh-in is this Sunday, July 16.

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