I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published February 3rd 2015
Ask yourself this question "Is there any point in hiring a guide?
Now this could be a guide for a tour of the streets of Sydney looking for the best chocolate or coffee shop, it could be when you have gone on an overseas trip to a place you have never been before and you want to explore some out of the way places or maybe it could be with a fishing guide.
So some of you may think why should I hire a guide and pay good money for someone to show me how and where to fish. I learnt that as a kid! I know what to do! How hard is it to catch a fish? I already have a boat, why do I need to go out in someone else's boat and pay to do it?
Greg leads from the front to teach you all he knows.
Those of you that know me, when it comes to fishing I know enough to get me by, but like everyone I still want to learn more. Well, I will let you into a little secret. I have hired a fishing guide a number of times. Why do you ask? To learn as much as I can about "How, When, Why and Where" to go fishing in a new location.
Some of the areas I have gone fishing with a guide are as follows:
Botany Bay and the Port Hacking River Sydney Harbour The Hawkesbury River
Port Phillip Bay St George Basin Port Macquarie
• The Gold Coast
• Port Douglas
A number of years ago (2002) the NSW Fisheries closed off the St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet waterways to all forms of commercial fishing and netting. This was one of the most important things that was done by the NSW Fisheries, as it create a fishing Mecca on the south coast of NSW.
Whether you are a land-based or boating angler you can catch dusky flathead, yellow and black bream, silver trevally, tailor, flounder, yellowfin whiting, mulloway, Australian salmon and much more down at the basin. What you can find at times it can be extremely frustrating place to fish. This is where going fishing with a fishing guide that has some much local knowledge that at some times I think his head would explode.
Greg Reid has been fishing St George Basin for just over twenty one years, six of those years have been as the Owner/Guide of Bay and Basin Sports Fishing. Even though I had fished down this neck of the woods for a number of years I still found the fishing could be a bit frustrating at times. So I decided to enlist the help of Greg to fine tune my fishing techniques.
The morning I spent with Greg was both entertaining and knowledge gathering. It was not about finding Greg's fishing spots. It was about what different techniques that he was using and how could I improve my way of fishing the area. We managed to catch dusky flathead to 85cm, bream to 39cm, snapper to 52cm and a number of whiting that just fitted into the palm of my hand. They were all caught while either using soft plastics or blades
You can learn how to use surface lures to catch bream.
Bay and Basin Sportsfishing is a not all about going fishing in St Georges Basin. Greg can teach you how to fish for squid, kingfish and snapper in Jervis Bay, offshore for marlin and tuna, the Shoalhaven River for dusky flathead and Australian Bass, drummer and luderick off the rocks and he can also take you on wildlife tours either in his boat of out of one of his many kayaks.
Many of you may have met Greg Reid as a senior instructor with the Australian Boating College, or as the Skipper/Guide for 8 years of "Tekin III" an 18m whale watching vessel in Jervis Bay. Greg has trained thousands of students in southern NSW for their boat licence and has developed a solid reputation as a professional and competent master 5 skipper, tourism guide and south coast marine service provider.
Greg has also a deckhand on "Halicat" a game fishing outfit out of Sydney Harbour, and professional fishing on cray boats in Western Australia.
In what is an Australian first, Bay and Basin Sportsfishing is now able to offer a truly eco-friendly calm water kayak fishing and touring experience aboard our small fleet of Hobie Pro-Angler and Sport model pedal kayaks. Designed for groups of 1-5 people, Experience the amazing fishing and sightseeing opportunities of St George's Basin and the upper Shoalhaven River as you either cruise or target species such as Bream, Flathead, Snapper and Bass to name a few.
For the fisherman, bird watchers and nature photographers, the effortless silent operation of these amazing pedal powered kayaks allows you to be absorbed into nature as we access the less frequented back waters of some amazing south coast lakes and rivers.
This Australian bass was released after a few pictures.
Greg is one of the newest members of the Professional Fly Fishing and Guides Association (PFIGA) and does practice catch and release of a lot of the fish he and his clients catch.
Even though I think that I may have the Basin down pat, it won't be long before I get onboard with Greg and fine tune my techniques as you are never too young to learn.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY?
Bay and Basin Sportsfishing supplies all rods and reels, a huge range of soft plastic lures (the majority of which are biodegradable), jig heads and terminal tackle and bait. Top shelf hard bodied lures such as blades (vibration lures), deep divers and surface poppers from Lucky Craft, Damiki, Eco-Gear and Yamashita to name a few are supplied on a "pay as you lose option". We will however provide your first quality hard body lure free of charge. We use a range of different types of rods and reels mainly from Pflueger, Shimano, and G-Loomis, the majority of which are spooled with braided line.
• Recreational fishing licence
• Transport to and from your accommodation by prior arrangement. Check out the waterfront accommodation options.
• Drinking water.
• Tea and coffee on morning tours.
• Lunch on full day tours.
• Wet weather jackets and pants. You'll need your own wet weather boots if it's raining.
• Use of Polarized sunnies from "Ugly Fish".
• Greg will take pictures of your catch and then send you the pic's so you can brag to your mates!
• Use of Binoculars
• Greg will clean your catch ready for dinner that night. Note: Kayak tours are C&R only.
Sounds too good to be true, but believe me it is one of the best days on the water either fishing or sightseeing you will have. Give it ago.
You never know you might even see me in one of the kayaks paddling around the Shoalhaven River with his off sider Darryl Head Hobie Pro-Angler or Sports model pedal kayaks.
Why don't you try kayaking with Darryl Head from Bay and Basin Sports Fishing Tours.