Marlin join the tuna
  |  First Published: December 2011

For some months we have enjoyed plenty of tuna in our waters, but will they last? That remains to be seen but in the meantime let’s enjoy what we have.

Although we are in the heart of marlin season, there are still schools of various tuna, the ubiquitous stripies, a few yellowfin and the occasional albacore.

These tuna will attack a lure pattern so while you are pursuing marlin, have another game plan ready in the form of some tuna lures for some entertainment between marlin strikes.

Numbers of striped marlin are being encountered with some nice blacks and the occasional big blue. The main areas are the usual haunts like the Twelve Mile Reef, the Kink and off Tuross.

Or you can just set a good lure pattern and wander out over the 1000-fathom line in search of that elusive blue.

You may also find the occasional mahi mahi or even a short-billed spearfish. When trolling baits, hammerheads, makos or whaler sharks are likely to turn up.

Within a few miles of Bermagui there have been plenty of kingfish taking jigs and bait. Or you can go to Montague Island, where they are ever-present.

The bottom fishing is excellent with tiger and sand flathead plentiful. Tigers as big as cricket bats and some gummy sharks are out around the Twelve Mile Reef.

On the reefs, snapper, morwong, perch and pigfish are plentiful and way out wide hapuku, blue-eye trevalla, gemfish and cod are down there.

Beach fishing is excellent for salmon and there are also whiting, bream and mullet. Of an evening tailor and the occasional jewfish may also appear. South of Bermagui, Cuttagee and Barragoot beaches are good while Camel Rock and Tilba to the north are worth a look.


The estuaries have rarely been better than at present.

All are fishing well and the biggest problem facing anglers is which one to fish. Within a short distance we have a multitude of waterways to explore.

Wallaga Lake is still the highlight with flathead frequent on lures and bait, while whiting, bream, blackfish and trevally are taking bait.

There have been a few nice jewfish there, too.

The Bermagui River is also fishing extremely well.

In both these systems, if you can get over the shallow flats around the sea grass beds on the rising tide they will produce a lot of fish.

The estuaries are so good because they have been open to the oceans and the prawns have proliferated, much to the delight of the fish and the humans who also love feasting on them so much.

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