Working For Whiting
  |  First Published: May 2006

Well I’ve just come back from Bermagui. The good news is that there are a lot of small yellowfin tuna about in the 6 to 10kg range. There’s the odd big one mixed in too; 76kg was the biggest tuna caught while I was there.

The marlin are still about in reasonable numbers, both black and striped – mainly in the 80 to 100kg class. I saw one big mako caught that was 300kg plus. The water temperature was 23 degrees and there was the odd dolphin fish and wahoo about too.

Surf Beaches

Williamsons, Baxters, Kilcunda and Woolamai beaches have all been producing salmon to 1kg. Fishing the shallower gutters has also yielded some large mullet on pipis.

Newhaven & San Remo Jetties

San Remo Jetty has been fairly quiet with only a few salmon, garfish, flathead and mullet.

The Cowes Pier has remained popular for garfish, silvers and pinkies. Squid and pipis are the best baits and fishing the last half of the run-in tide has been the most productive.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance & Cape Woolamai

At San Remo, above the road bridge in the Dickie’s Bay area, there have been good catches of big garfish. The whiting are still there but not in large numbers. Below the road bridge the whiting have been of a better quality, around the 40cm mark. There have been quite a few flathead and reasonably sized pinkies mixed in with them too.

Fishing off the rocks at the Punchbowl has been productive with salmon, couta and snapper on the go. Care must be taken when fishing here because it’s a dangerous place to fish.

Outside the entrance local anglers are doing okay, drifting for flathead and large barracouta. There have also been a few sharks around for the really keen.

Off Rhyll, the elephants have been in full swing and it’s not too hard to bag out on these odd looking fish. Squid and pillies have been the best baits.


There have been some good whiting about, but not in big numbers – 4 or 5 fish for an outing being the norm. There are lots of leatherjackets pinching baits – some have been quite good, reaching 1.5kg.

Drifting over the sandy areas will produce some reasonable flathead and there have been a few good snook starting to show up too. Around buoy 12 on the western entrance has seen some excellent gummies to 25kg caught. Eel and squid have been the best baits.

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