Basin behemoth!

ST GEORGES Basin on the NSW South Coast is fast gathering a reputation as a producer of big flathead, tailor, and bream.

One man who spends more time at the Basin than most and can back up the waterway’s rep as “big lizard central” is fishing guide Greg Reid of Bay & Basin Sportfishing.

Greg got in touch this week to let us know about one of his latest successes out on the Basin with a couple of clients.

“Here’s what happens when you remove estuary netting and develop an angling culture of catch, photograph and release of big flathead. They grow really fat,” Reid told Fisho.

“On a few special days each year the ‘big girls’ really fire up and become very aggressive. I’ve lost count of the number of 92cm fish we’ve caught and released on our boat but this one takes the cake for the sheer bulk and width across the head and belly.”

Reid says the mega lizard measured 92cm, and weighed in “at around 6.5-7kg on electronic scales and was caught whilst demonstrating a technique on a soft vibe.”

“In hindsight we should have taken a few more pics on the bragmat but the three of us were probably in a bit of shock at what was unfolding and we were keen to put her straight back in the spot from where she was caught.

“Many thanks to my good clients Jai Goodwin and his dad Massey Matias for not only encouraging me to fish with them on the day, but for bringing the good mojo!” Reid concluded.

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