Gary Wade's Reel Deal fishing column

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said although the long weekend weather wasn’t ideal, everybody made the most of it and there were plenty of good fish caught.

Reeled in: Andrew Whenam fished Stanwell Park for his personal best flatty at 3.78 kilograms.

Reeled in: Andrew Whenam fished Stanwell Park for his personal best flatty at 3.78 kilograms.

It was great to see some excellent captures of bluefin tuna further down off Bermagui over the weekend and reports were rife. 

Commercial long liners hammered the travelling schools out from Bermi to further south and trailer boat based recreational crews toughed the conditions later last week as the seas and swell abated slightly and bought in a few prized eating specimens.

Kiama game club boat Chasin Tail made the late decision to head south, which paid off nicely for the Wilson boys with a 3-3-3 from a triple hook-up.

At one stage Nathan Wilson was winding two reels at once, whilst Logan captured the first of the three fish which was a cracking way to open their account for the bluefin season.

Plenty of other boats got in amongst the action, with most fish being taken on the troll as the tuna did not respond to well to a cube trail – yet. The diligent use of a quality sounder should show the schools as they slowly move up towards us and at this stage it is a bit hit n miss but you won’t get them unless you have a go.

Plenty of good sized makos were also caught locally with double figures of fish over the 100kg mark.

Closer to home there were some nice snapper about on our local reefs over the weekend but the reds were spread far and wide from the shallows to the deeper stuff over 100 meters down.

There were no standout big fish but there were a lot of fish up and around the 3kg mark and plenty of reports of the cuttlefish starting to pop.

The reds were both active on these surface cephalopods and the sounder indicated, there were still schools holding near the bottom.

The flathead drifts were little quieter than normal but it was possible that the current had increased from last week and made it difficult to get the moving baits to the bottom.

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Information sourced from Australian Bureau of Metorology

Information sourced from Australian Bureau of Metorology