Time to have it all!
  |  First Published: December 2005

It’s the time of year when you can have it all. Whatever you’re chasing bass in the mountains, bream in an estuary, snapper on a reef or marlin in the canyons, Bermagui has it all this month.

Large blue marlin appear in January and the best way to encounter them is to troll big lures over the canyons. Striped, black and blue marlin will frequent the Twelve Mile Reef to feed on the vast schools of baitfish and don’t forget to throw a bibless or diving lure out when trolling, as school-size yellowfin are also around.

Sand flathead are in good numbers out from Tilba, Cuttagee and Murrah beaches. Large tiger flathead are being caught outside the Four Mile and Six Mile reefs with some very nice morwong and other assorted fish species coming from most of the reefs south of Bermagui, with Goalen Head the pick.

Gummy sharks have been regular catches around the full moon and if you wish to fish the deep water of the Twelve Mile Reef, larger and varied reef fish will be encountered.

Estuary fishing around Bermagui is brilliant at present. Most of the systems got a good flush from the rains before Christmas and are fishing their heads off.

Dusky flathead over 85cm have been caught using live mullet and lures in the Bermagui River, while baitfishing with nippers (yabbies) is still producing great catches of most other species.

Wallaga Lake has some very large tailor. Recently one young angler caught an Australian National Sport Fishing Association record tailor of 3.775kg on 1kg line on a surface popper.

Most of the fish caught have come from east of the bridge and there have been some very good bream, flathead and tarwhine taken as well.

Berleying on the beaches, preferably near some rocky outcrops, is producing very nice bream, salmon, mullet and tailor. Simple rigs and light rods are providing heaps of fun as most fish are close to shore, attracted by the berley.

Night fishing can also be productive with some nice gummy sharks, tailor and large salmon being common.

Late evening and into night is the time to fish Brogo Dam for bass. Using surface lures or large bulky flies can get the heart rate really pumping and spectacular strikes occur as you work lure or fly at varying speeds across the calm surface.

Weedbeds and overhangs are the better areas to work. Insect life is likely to fall into the water from any overhanging trees, attracting bass to the surface to feed, allowing anglers to catch these fish in a spectacular fashion.

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