South Coast filming & fishing sojourn

FISHO spent the past week down the NSW South Coast filming clips for Series 4 of our popular Online How-To video series.

When we weren’t filming we were fishing – and the action was both varied and consistent. Most of the fishing involved casting poppers and stickbaits for bream, whiting, flathead and silver trevally, but we also enjoyed some productive blading and soft plasticking sessions as well. A couple of expeditions to nearby beaches resulted in top class sportfishing for solid salmon and sizeable tailor.

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The base for our filming and fishing activity was a well-appointed three-bedroom holiday house overlooking the calm and fish-filled waters of Wagonga Inlet, near Narooma. The house is one of five run by Black Bream Point Holiday Cabins, a laidback family holiday escape that any keen fisho should put on his “must visit” list. Owned and managed by keen anglers, Black Bream Point Holiday Cabins provides comfortable accommodation options while offering easy access to Wagonga’s productive waters via a private boat ramp and jetty.

It’s a ripper place and I’ll definitely be back with my family in tow.

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Apart from one day with drizzly rain we enjoyed excellent filming (and fishing!) conditions and knocked over 10 clips which will be up on the Fisho website shortly. These clips included setting up a ‘yak with a Watersnake electric, fitting out your boat with Jarvis Marine accessories, selecting and using the right beach rod, using blades (filmed using TT blades with the expert assistance of local guide Stuie Hindson from Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures), portable outboards (sponsored by Honda), using underwater video cameras (using a nifty unit from Waeco), understanding the basics of fly fishing gear (sponsored by Blackridge), baiting and setting a crab pot, trolling deep divers (sponsored by Stumpjumper) and a rundown on using battery chargers using two of Waeco’s high-tech chargers.

Filming these sort of clips takes a fair bit of time and effort – it’s far more involved than you might think – but we ensured we spent time on the water in between takes to gather material for a feature article detailing the angling options in the area. Popping the shallow flats was productive with some solid bream being caught and released. Fisho writer Sami Omari caught the fish of the trip when he snared a lovely 43cm estuary perch while targeting bream around oyster racks in Wagonga’s backwaters.

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Long-time Fisho stalwart Pat Brennan and I witnessed a monster flattie trying to eat a hooked bream over shallow flats down towards the lower reaches of the system and we all hooked numerous quality fish in Wagonga and nearby Tuross.

Surface lures were consistently productive, with Bushy’s Stiffy Poppers and NW Pencils being particularly effective.

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Stand by for a feature article by Sami in the June issue for more details of the fishing fun. If you want to plan a stay, check out – it really is a fantastic holiday location. And the estuary action down this way is sure to fire up during the next couple of months. If you do head down to Black Bream Point, make sure you spend a day or two on the water with top guide Stuie Hindson – he knows the surrounding waters like the back of his hand, is a hugely experienced angler and a good bloke to boot. Full details on Stuie’s guiding operation at

Stay tuned to for our Series 4 Online How-To Videos!

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