Early Christmas at the Basin

The NSW South Coast is firing in the lead up to Christmas, according to Bay and Basin Sport Fishing’s Greg Reid.

Fishing guide Reid, who specialises in fishing St Georges Basin and Jervis Bay, recently had some time out with his family and did what most guides do on their days off – went fishing!

It paid off with Greg and family accounting for one of his best flathead to date from the St Georges Basin area. The capture of the big, around 80cm, lizard was noteworthy not just because of its size but because it was caught sight casting in knee deep water, two metres off the bank.

Reid said, “Using 10lb braid with 20lb leader and a Rapala Shad Rap, repeated casts were put in in the troughs in the sand because I knew there just had to be one there. I saw the lure disappear and then the fish stuck its head up then the whole body just materialised out of the sand and hovered for a few seconds before the first blistering run. We’d been picking off good fish for the pan all week on bream gear but this fish was in a class of its own and there’s no way I would have stopped on 4lb bream gear in the current. After a few quick pics she was released and swam off nicely to breed another day.”

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