SOUTH COAST STRIPERS

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For an adren­a­line rush, it’s hard to beat catch­ing a high-fly­ing mar­lin. Lit up like neon blue, striped mar­lin are among the pret­ti­est of the bill­fish clan. Once hooked, they ex­plode out of the water, cartwheel­ing about and rip­ping apart the sur­face in the process.

The best striped-mar­lin fish­ing in Aus­tralia, if not the world, is on NSW’s South Coast. Every sum­mer, the mar­lin ride the cur­rent down the coast be­fore pulling up right out the front of small towns such as Na­rooma and Ber­magui.

The fish­ing heats up in late sum­mer then peaks dur­ing the au­tumn months. The best fish­ing oc­curs in­side the con­ti­nen­tal shelf (which means even small boats can get in on the ac­tion) around the pro­lific bait schools – an aquatic ver­sion of a take­away shop where the mar­lin just line up for lunch. When the cur­rent backs off in au­tumn, the ac­tiv­ity can be non­stop with boats catch­ing and re­leas­ing as many as a dozen fish a day.

NOW CATCH ONE!

Trolling (for the unini­ti­ated, that’s trail­ing a baited line in a boat’s wake) slowly around the bait schools is like ring­ing the din­ner gong. It’s an in­ex­pen­sive and pro­duc­tive way to hook the fish of a lifetime. Give Dar­ryl Bond a call at Com­pleat An­gler Na­rooma (com­pleatan­gler na­rooma.com.au) for fish­ing re­ports and char­ter-boat rec­om­men­da­tions.

Fish­ing for cod on the Mur­rumbidgee River (op­po­site); the South Coast is no place for light tackle (top); a stun­ning striped mar­lin takes flight

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