Still hopes for a tuna
  |  First Published: September 2011

With the southern bluefin and yellowfin tuna turning up it’s time to head for the horizon and into the blue yonder and chase the ’fin.

Out wide off Jervis Bay when the weather has been favourable, which hasn’t been very often, there have been good-sized yellowfin and bluefin tuna.

They haven’t been in the numbers seen down the coast at places like Bermagui but if you put in the time you should get results.

There have also been some striped marlin on Winter holidays.

Congratulations to all the game fishing clubs in the southern zone who just took out a clean sweep of the major trophies for NSWGFA Coastal Waters. This is the first time any zone has done a clean sweep.


On the Shoalhaven River there seem to be plenty of bream and jewfish, mainly up-river in the deeper sections like near the showground and around the boulders at the ski park.

Squidgy 65mm Wrigglers in the bloodworm colour on 1/8oz jigheads have been working well on the bream.

For the jewfish I have been doing well on the Storm Pro Shad with a 3/8oz jighead.

There are also good schools of salmon and tailor cruising up and down Seven Mile Beach with reports of salmon up to 4kg and tailor around the same size. A lot of fish have been caught on surf poppers and pipis.

Around in Jervis Bay we have seen good patches of bait with still big numbers of bonito giving them the hurry-up.

We have also seen snapper landed on the close reefs and off the rocks. Lightly weighted baits have been working well and, as always, soft plastics have been doing the job on some nice fish. The Gulp 5” Jerk Shad in nuclear chicken has been the lure of choice.

Down on St Georges Basin we have seen things slow up with the cold weather. You can still catch good fish but you need to hunt around for them.

When you are fishing in the winter with lures you need to slow everything down to half speed to get the fish to bite.

Also look for the structure on your sounder; generally where there is structure you will find fish.

The Basin also has some artificial reefs. Go to the NSW DPI website for the GPS co-ordinates.

In Lake Conjola we have seen some good fish over the last few months of Winter. Jewfish have been in the lake itself along with some bream and tailor.

Out along the nearby beaches there have seen plenty of whiting in the gutters along with jewfish and big salmon. Don’t forget that Lake Conjola also has its own artificial reefs, check out Fisheries’ website for their positions.

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