Basin shallows on fire
  |  First Published: March 2014

In the past couple of months there have been over 50 marlin taken off the tubes in Jervis Bay, with fish ranging from 38kg to 200kg+. While this is a great achievement for all those anglers putting in the hard yards and time out on the ledges, many of these fish have been killed for the ‘glory’! There was one report of a 100kg fish being dumped in the creek at Currarong, just to rot. If these people don’t start practicing catch and release we’ll end up with rock ledges being closed off up and down the coast.

In and around the bay the winds have finally subsided, with February being one of the windiest months we’ve had in years. Squid are making a re-appearance around Murrays and Plantation, with smaller jigs being your best option.

There have been decent numbers of kingfish caught in and around the northeastern corner of the Banks, but you’ll have to get the fish up quickly to avoid the sharks. The noahs are hanging around in plague proportions at the moment and are more then willing to take your catch away from you.

There have been reports of good snapper south of Jervis Bay from St George Head to Green Island.

Congratulations to Ulladulla Game Fishing Club, who put on a well-received tournament last month with good showings of marlin and a great turn out of 60 boats.

Still on the tournament scene, the first round of the Southern Bream Series has been run and won with team Breamski (Steve Nedeski and Jarrod Lye) weighing in a hefty St Georges Basin bag of 4.07kg on day one and 4.22kg on day two, well ahead of second place by 1.33kg for the two-day event. In the kayak section Gladiator Tackle’s Carl Dubois took out first place with a total bag for the weekend of 4.010kg.

While we’re talking about the Basin, fishing in the deep has been producing average-sized bream and good-sized flathead on slow rolled blades in the 40mm range.

Up on the shallows the whiting have been on fire, taking almost anything you throw at them. If it’s continuously moving and makes a splash, you should be in with a chance.

We have finally got some of the rain we have greatly needed, and this should get the bass stirred up in the Shoalhaven River and its tributaries. A couple of keen bass guys were up past Gradys on one of the hot afternoons and reported limited numbers of smaller fish. They suspected there was too much natural food around, with the surface coming alive with baitfish just on dusk.

Mulloway seem to loitering around the river mouth at the moment with both bait and soft plastics doing the damage. Mid week seems to be the better time to find these elusive fish, as the decrease in boat traffic has them coming out actively hunting for food on the change of the tide.

Over the past few months I’ve seen numerous photos, comments and videos on Facebook of how well Lake Conjola has been fishing. Sessions of up to 40 bream have been reported multiple times. The afternoon sessions look to be dominating the early morning starts, so relax and enjoy a sleep in!

That’s it for another month, good times and tight lines!

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