Robbo Reelers shine at St Georges Basin

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bob Anderson with a 90cm flathead which was caught and released on a soft plastic at St Georges Basin recently. Photo suppliedFISHING

THE Robbo Reelers Fishing and Social Club held its monthly point score and barbecue event recently at St Georges Basin.

There were some good results recorded by members.

Stu, Dave and Patrick fished with bait, mainly prawns sending under-sized bream and snapper back by the dozens.

The group started on the eastern side of the basin and drifted the four to five metre drop.

Stu, Dave and Patrick were unable to get a keeper and flathead was rare.

Weather was threatening nearer the coast, so the trio headed west to Basin View.

While Pat couldn’t get a bite for most of the morning, he ended up landing some nice-sized bream and flathead.

Pat didn’t come back out on Sunday, but Rob Mace joined the team.

Once again, there were some heavy showers on the eastern side of the basin.

After persisting with prawns and sending many fish back, eventually the bigger bream moved in for a feed.

Flathead were also on the bite.

Mace’s persistence with soft plastics paid off and he ended up with a good haul of flathead.

The biggest fish went to Dave Cruickshanks with a nice 58cm flathead.

Stuart Newton won the Robbo Reelers weigh-in with a mix bag of bream and flathead, totalling 1.5kg.

Greg Barea and his nephew Isaac fished off Bass Point for kingfish, but were unssuccesful.

There were no takers on the live baits apart from one squid which was approximately 60cm in length.

Isaac also managed to bag a nice feed of trevally and a morwong.

Lake Illawarra has been producing a late run of blue swimmer crabs, with most people bagging out by noon.

Chris Bugeja and his son Dillan set out recently and were surprised to score 20 blue swimmer crabs in just three hours.

The odd mud crab has also been getting caught.

Tom, Genelle, Scott and Emma Murphy fished the Shellharbour FAD (fishing aggregated device) and caught some nice-sized mahi mahi up to 75cm.

The family later trolled for blue marlin with lures, but only managed a few more mahi mahi.

Oscar Rios and family fished between Windang Island and Port Kembla on the 28-metre line.

While drifting they picked up a good haul of sand flathead up to 43cm, plus a lone flounder.

Tim Smith fished with his son Jackson and good mate Peter off Bellambi for snapper when a nice mako shark turned up.

Jackson, 9, got a bait out and hooked his first ever mako shark after a six-minute fight.

He managed to tag and release the mako which weighed approximately 40kg.

Out wide on the game fishing scene, Team Reckless managed to raise three mako sharks for the day.

The first was tagged and weight approximately 80kg.

The second was estimated to weigh 164kg and was caught on a 8kg line.

The third was spooked and swam away after circling the boat for a few minutes.

But a striped marlin was tagged off the kink at Jervis Bay.

– By Greg Barea

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