Home' Shoalhaven Unlimited : 2011-2012 Contents By DAMIAN McGILL
THE fish at St Georges Basin may not be
jumping out of the water onto boats or
taking hooks without bait but it appears
catching them in this popular spot is
pretty easy, especially when they are on
So good are the numbers even the
world's worst fishers, the writer of this
story included, could catch a fish.
Who do we have to thank and why are
the fish biting so well?
We can thank the Basin Lure and Fly
Club, the NSW Department of Primary
Industries and whoever decided to turn
the Basin into a spot for recreational
fishing only zone are the ones to thank.
With NSW government support, the
Basin Lure and Fly Club helped get
some artificial reefs balls installed in St
Georges Basin and this, combined with
its zoning (no professional fishers are
allowed), means there are lot of fish.
Club president Jim Barrie says fish are
definitely thriving under the new
He said some mammoth fish like two-
and-a-half kilogram bream and flathead
over a metre long have been caught
over the past few years in the Basin.
The lure fishos have a catch-and-
release philosophy but are happy for
people to catch some nice fish to eat.
However, Mr Barrie says they want to
make sure others have the chance to
also enjoy some great fishing and want
recreational fishers to respect the facility
and only catch what they need.
Club vice-president Wes Murphy also
knows the fishing is good in the Basin.
"It's getting better and better each
year, to tell you the truth," he says,
adding that like most places the fish do
sometimes go off the bite -- but not for
The fishing is so good Greg Reid from
Bay and Basin Sports Fishing was able
to start a business. He describes as
huge the change from when there were
no reefs and professionals were allowed
to fish the Basin.
"It's like comparing night and day."
The St George's Basin artificial reef
was part of a pilot study program in
2007, consisting of 180 reef balls.
Once completed, an additional 600
reef balls will have been spaced over an
area of four hectares.
and some bait and I am going to catch
me a fish down in the Basin.
Shoalhaven Unlimited - 2011
ABOVE: Paul Worstling and
Ian "Big E" Phillips with an
impressive 92cm Basin
flathead they caught and
released for a recent Ifish
episode. Photo: GREG REID,
Bay and Basin Sports
LEFT: Reef balls make a
great habitat for many fish
species. Photo from NSW
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