Grey revisited Bermagui again the following year and caught many more Australian records and giant sharks, including tigers, makos and great whites. He also captured black and striped marlin, along with longtail (northern) bluefin tuna and huge yellowfin tuna. Grey’s involvement in the area also led to his patronage of the Bermagui Sport Fishing Association. His famous yacht, Avalon, spent many months sheltered in the waters of Bermagui’s Horseshoe Bay, where the tourist, caravan and camping park bears the name of the famous angler today.
For many years after Grey’s visits to Bermagui, the area was known as the yellowfin tuna capital of Australia, and most of the Australian records — and even a few world records — are still held there. When you look at all these records, though, along with the Bermagui Big Game Anglers Club records, the one thing that jumps out at you are the dates of all these great catches. The heyday for yellowfin here was prior to the turn of the century and before the east-coast stocks were commercially overfished to disastrous levels by longliners. Consequently, the days when these big tuna cruised in numbers along the inshore reefs off the New South Wales coast are gone, and Bermagui’s professional fishermen have suffered as a result.