Game fishing tournament this weekend

You may have heard me say this before but I am going to say it again anyway - how good is the season of autumn? 

FIRST CATCH: Brendan “Brenno” Gillen with his first marlin.

FIRST CATCH: Brendan “Brenno” Gillen with his first marlin.

Beautiful still mornings, mild temperatures both in and out of the water, and moderate winds make for perfect fishing conditions.

Despite a westerly wind last weekend, fishos still managed to get out and enjoy their weekend fishing.

Hopefully you too got out and caught a few fish.

So where were, are and will the fish be biting this week?

Offshore, from what I have heard, Friday was the last good day on the marlin bite with plenty of fish being taken.

The banks and the shallows are firing for kings, heaps of fish up around that 85 centimetre mark are being taken.

It seems those 64.5 centimetre fish from previous seasons have finally grown. Smaller jigs in the 150 to 250 gram mark are accounting for a lot of these fish, so if you are using the bigger knife jigs and not getting fish, maybe try a change to the smaller fluttering style of jig.

There are still plenty of snapper, mowies and flathead just offshore for the bottom plonking brigade, but the leather jackets are becoming more and more prevalent as they make their way up the coast from down Ulladulla way where they are like packs of piranhas attacking anything that hits the water.

The Shoalhaven/

Crookhaven river system is moving into its usual quieter autumn times, but once again the saviour has been a few jewies starting to make an appearance around the canal, break wall and the river mouth.

Upstream fishing around the Nowra Bridge has really slowed.

But it is time to start trying for the early runners of estuary perch which within the next few weeks should start schooling around places like the bridge, the reef and the mouth of Broughton Creek. 

Small softies like the bloodworm wriggler and gulp minnow grub or quarter ounce blades are the lure of choice for the EPs.

There are plenty luderick and blackfish in the river and they are always a bit of a saviour this time of year. 

The usual haunts around Greenwell Point and Orient Point are producing fish in really good numbers and size. 

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the annual Shoalhaven Game Fishing Club Tournament run from Greenwell Point.

Hopefully there will be plenty of marlin caught and a few fish weighed in for the spectators to see.

Weigh-in starts from 4pm on the Friday and Saturday, and earlier on the Sunday, so get down to the Greenwell Point Bowling Club to hopefully see some impressive fish weighed.

You can catch up with us on Facebook or call into the shop at McCallums Tackle World Nowra for all the latest in fishy news and gear.

Remember, whatever you do in life, do it well.

Johnny out.


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