As a retired gentleman with time on my side and a passion for fishing, it was time to explore the south coast of New South Wales. So after a little bit of planning and a long hard look at google maps, I decided to leave the Hunter and venture south.
My tackle of choice was a small lumbar pack with some Zman Grubz 2 ½ inch in Motor oil, Bloodworm, Chartreuse sparkle and Watermelon red. Also Atomic Plazos pumpkin holographic in 3 inch with Squidgy curly tails 100mm in silver fox and killer tomato. Rods were my Shimano Sahara in 1-3kg and matching reel. Second outfit was my Raider series soft plastic rod with Shimano Symmetre reel 2500 size to tackle those bigger flatties. Both were spooled with 6lb Powerpro braid and I had with me several spools of black magic leader in 6lb and 8lb.
First stop was St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet. This pristine waterway is near Jervis Bay and Huskisson. My accommodation for the few days there was at Sanctuary Point on the northern side of St Georges Basin. The views of the basin and its amazing waterway were spectacular. Here are several photos from my Airbnb bedroom, tough life.
After settling in went for a walk along the shore to get an idea of where to wet a line. My hosts and is several of their friends told me that it is typical that in the afternoons, the prevailing wind is from the south or south-east and the basin can get quite sloppy. It reminded me very much of Lake Macquarie as most of the basin is quite shallow, except for only a few places. I noticed when walking around that the edges were quite weedy with the occasional rock shelf near the spits that dotted the shoreline. Still even with the wind blowing the place just looks very fishy. Especially now that netting has been banned in the Basin since 2002 I expected to catch something. Here are a few photos of the basin and a short video of the windy conditions.
While walking around the shoreline noticed that the weed beds were very prevalent and extended out for some way. Certainly too hard to throw a soft plastic out. Managed to find several places out of the wind with patches of sand. Could not resist and had to wet a line. The place certainly lived up to its reputation. Just about every throw was a fish, flounder abounded and loved the motor oil grubz. Smaller flatties in the 35cm to 45cm range were easy and heaps of small yellowfin bream. Great afternoon.
Here is a short video of basin and the windy conditions.