Bermagui at its best
  |  First Published: March 2009

If you ever want to visit Bermagui at its best, make it in March, because what a month this usually is! Warm water, calm winds and plenty of fish all make for good times.

No matter your style of fishing, we have it at this time of year, from the sweetwater bass of Brogo Dam to the estuaries and beyond to the deep blue ocean, target what you wish or how you wish.

Marlin are the big attraction for game anglers with warm water and plenty of bait only a few miles offshore. The Twelve Mile Reef is at its prime for all three species.

Trolling lures is a popular way to find where the marlin are concentrated but at this time of year a live bait provides a much better hook-up rate.

If you are looking for a good blue marlin concentrate over the canyons, where already this season fish over 400kg have won epic battles against anglers undergunned with mid-range tackle. For 1000lb blue, Bermagui is definitely the place to try.

Kingfish have been in very good numbers around Montague Island and from Horseshoe Bay at Bermagui down to Goalen Head at Bunga.

The conventional ways of catching them are working well up at the island while soft plastics are a lot of fun near the coast.

Bottom fishing is excellent with calmer conditions allowing access to the deeper Twelve mile Reef, where large Tassie trumpeter are on the shortlist with big morwong, snapper and kingfish, while a live bait under a balloon may also bag a marlin.

Closer to shore, The Step, out from Tilba, has produced the best tiger and sand flathead for years along with excellent red gurnard.


This is the best time to fish the estuaries for all species and this season is one of the best for large whiting and flathead.

There is a lot of hype about poppers on whiting over the flats but if you really want to put some lovely fillets on the table, try some nippers or worms.

I see a lot of anglers targeting flathead in the deeper waters of an estuary but on the big tides, get up on the shallow flats where big flatties like to feed and sun themselves.

In these shallows are plenty of mullet, bream, luderick and garfish patrolling these shallows in search of squirt worms and nippers.

Things will start to cool from now on so those who want bass at Brogo Dam should go before the Winter doldrums set in. These fish are very active and will generally strike at just about anything that moves, especially surface lures.

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