Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal reported on promising news for the offshore game boats with more than a few commercial longliners offloading the first of the season southern bluefin tuna at the Bermagui Co-op.
Last weekend, whilst many of the fish were caught down south of Bermi, there were still a few caught wide of Bermi and Narooma itself so hopefully not too much longer and they should move up within reach of our coastline.
There were some sensational yellowfin tuna caught in numerous spots from Ulladulla southwards and the best confirmed was a solid 65-kilo job but the pro boats were radar located 50 nautical miles out.
A few trailer boats headed out of Bermagui in pretty horrid conditions and caught yellowfin wide of the top of Montague Island off Narooma.
Not sure of the method - trolling or drift burley, but one crew scored five fish with one going 73 kilo on 10-kilo tackle and another boat nailed a pair on the troll home from out wide.
Closer to home and some good news to pass on, there are large bait schools back over numerous patchy reefs and well-known snapper grounds.
Yes you guessed it, if the bait is back then so are the reds and guys brought in near bag-limit catches with some big boppers included.
Most of the better fish came in from the 30-to-50-metre depth zones and owing to the prevailing current, all were taken drifting through and around the bait schools.
The more northern flathead drifts were again on fire and apart from quality fish, there were minimal reports of leather jackets.
Rocks and beaches again remained high on the priority list with numerous ledges producing big blue-nosed bream about as well as some monster drummer and luderick off the washes.
Again a steady burley trail of bread or even chook pellets and smashed pillies was all that was needed to keep them on the bite.
Beaches were holding good numbers of school mulloway these past few days with multiple shop customers reporting a relatively hot bite last week and weekend.