Is St Georges Basin the jumbo tailor capital?

OLDER readers of Fishing World and The Australian Angler, will recall the Wild West column by respected WA-based fishing writer Ross Cusack. In this monthly piece, Cusack’s entertaining yarns often centred around beach fishing with characters like his old mate “Stick Legs” and the cracking jumbo sized tailor they often caught in WA. Back then, double-figure (10lb-plus) tailor like Cusack and his mates were catching were virtually unheard of on the East Coast.     

IN recent times, St Georges Basin on the NSW south coast has earnt a reputation for producing quality numbers of estuary sportfish, especially big flathead, with some even nudging the magic metre mark. Check out some previous reports we’ve run HERE and HERE.

And while it might produce some big lizards, the Basin has also become known as a jumbo tailor producer – the new tailor capital? See a recent report HERE and details of another monster caught by kayak fisho Simon Merritt, HERE.

To push the Basin’s claim as the tailor capital further we have a couple of photos taken at the recent Family Fishing Festival earlier this month. The two fish pictured – including one weirdly distorted fish – were caught by Terry Davies. The other fish weighed 7.595kg or 16.74lbs in the old scale. Now that’s a jumbo tailor!



Terry Davies (top) with a rather unusually distorted tailor. This condition is known as  lordosis of the spine. Images: John Kinsey, JK Images

Anyone else caught a jumbo tailor they’d like to brag about?

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