Reel Deal: Making the most of mako tournament

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported on the Monster Mako tournament that was held by Sydney Game Fishing Club last weekend and although it was a windy start to the comp on the Saturday, it didn’t deter any of the boats taking part in the event.

Brock rocks: Brock Evans with his land-based kingfish capture just before release. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is fine).

Brock rocks: Brock Evans with his land-based kingfish capture just before release. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is fine).

It was a slow start but as the day progressed there were plenty of sharks hooked, lost and won over the two days.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

The tally for the comp saw 45 mako sharks tagged and released and just a few captured for weighing, including a solid fish for 13-year-old Makira Wright, fishing on board vessel Tantrum.

Makira is now awaiting confirmation on a pending National and NSW record for her 139.5 kilogram mako on 15kg line class.

There were also 14 blue sharks tagged as well as two threshers and a couple of whalers but all in all, a great event as per usual.

Around the local spots, it again was tough fishing over the weekend with Saturday blown out till well after lunch.

There were a few snapper caught and by all the reports they came from out wide in depths ranging from 60 to 90 metres.

Most of the bigger fish were hard to come by with a lot of fish just weighing around the 1.5kg to 2kg mark.

There wasn’t much current to speak of in close but once you got out wider apparently it was running quite hard, making it tough to fish.

Around the deeper reefs there were also some quite good sized sampson fish and kings for those who were using knife jigs with a couple of kingies coming back just on the metre mark.

The sand drifts again produced flatties but the pesky leather jackets were still about requiring crews to be on the move constantly to avoid losing their rigs.

The better of the flathead fishing was up north off Stanwell Park and around the national park and beyond.

However, reports suggested the fish were in a bit shallower than they have been over the last couple of weeks.

Rock fishing for drummer has been increasing with fish to 3.5 kilos taken.

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