For anglers hot on the game fishing scene, the Summer run of striped marlin along the south coast of NSW has been good again this year. The fish seem to be good from around Eden/Merimbula north to Bateman's Bay. Customers Andrew and Steve fished out from Bermagui just last week in search of these fish and they weren't disappointed. In a short 2 day trip the boys hooked up to 2 marlin, one which was lost after a 45 minute fight and estimated 100kg+ and another one boated at around 50kg. A few more fish were raised on lures but no more strikes, but during their stay they heard of over 20 fish tagged and released. The marlin fishing in the area has been exceptional, with fish seen free swimming and also herding baitballs around as well.

Staff member Dylan spent the weekend just north of Sydney last week, and although not a fishing trip some fishing was still done, surprise surprise.....Dylan took some mates out collecting prawns near the entrance and plenty of small prawns in the 4 inch size were caught. In a short hour session fishing a small entrance channel Dylan caught dusky flathead to 68cm, along with yellowfin bream and also tarwhine. The new Squidgy 'paddle prawn' pattern was dynamite when worked along the channel edges and drop offs.

The gippsland lakes region has had a bit of traffic over the long weekend and has been a bit slower fishing because of this, but it will bounce back between now and Easter. Most anglers have been catching a few bream hear and there, along with the odd flathead, trevally, and tailor. Water conditions are good and clear water means the fish are a bit flighty, but as usual a bit of persistence and change of techniques will normally see a bite happen. 

Staff member Dylan fished around Lakes Entrance over the weekend where a few nice bream were caught, but tougher to come by. Fish to 40cm were caught using shallow running hardbodies and slow sinking lipless baits, including the Cranka crab. Using the sinking lures around the jetties and dropoffs even landbased produced results on some hard fighting bream. 

Customer Con also found some chunky bream in the lakes during the week, with deep running hardbodies doing well. Con said that some of the larger fish were hard to pull away from the bank, with a few to 40cm making it to the boat. 

Customer Lucas had some good bream fishing with his two kids around Lakes Entrance over the weekend, with some lovely bream caught on lure by the youngsters. Fish to around the 40cm mark took hardbodies and prawn plastics around Lakes and also Nungurner. Speaking of prawns, staff member Dylan reports that there are a few to be had around Lakes at the moment. Even though the moon phase wasn't optimal over the weekend, a few kilos worth were easily caught wading the edges. A Perfect Image cree LED prawn light and scoop net were all that was needed; with less weight needing to be dragged around, which resulted in easier and more successful prawning!