Reel Deal: Game fishos get a head start for Gong tournament

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said shop customers were over the moon with last weekend’s weather and there was plenty of action out in the deep blue.

What a pearler!: Ashton Mekisic with a pearly perch he caught off Sea Cliff Bridge. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal)

What a pearler!: Ashton Mekisic with a pearly perch he caught off Sea Cliff Bridge. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal)

Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th annual tournament is on this weekend so earlier in the week a few local boats headed wide to see what was on offer and to suss out currents, water temps to hopefully formulate out a winning plan for the tournament.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Shellharbour boats Nautorious and Bagged Out headed wide for a look at a few sharks and were not disappointed with Nautorious tagging seven fish for the day and capturing a nice 130 kilogram mako shark on just 10 kilo line class for Abe Attallah.

The crew on Bagged Out flew their capture flag with a nice mako on 15 kilo line class so maybe there will be the odd potential record captures presented on the weekend as most others will be tagged and released.

Closer to shore the snapper fishing excelled over the weekend in both the shallows and the deeper reefs.

With the confluence of a new moon and resultant big tides, there were plenty of good fish on the reefs just waiting to be caught.

Many local clubs and pubs held their monthly point scores and there were plenty of good fish to be seen on the cleaning tables and at the various weigh-ins.

While there were no monster fish presented, there were large numbers of quality sized reddies around the 2 to 3 kilo mark.

Some big rubber lip blue mowies, black spot pigfish and trevally were around as well.

Soft plastics and micro jigs were the undoing of quite a few of these species fish closely followed by fresh cuttlefish strips and slimy mackerel fillets.

Crews were a little disappointed with the results of some of the inshore flatty drifts, where other deeper runs haven’t shown any signs of slowing down as yet.

Some excellent fish were landed from all the deeper sand spots and with a welcome bycatch of a fair number of tasty gummy sharks, it made up for a good mix of fish for the table.

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