Welcome to the Reel Deal

Guess I had better formally introduce myself and give few facts about this website and the Reel Deal.

I am a fanatical fisherman, a past State President and a Life Member of Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA) incorporating Sportfishing NSW.

Travels include fishing inland freshwater dams in NSW and mainly on Australia’s east coast from above Cairns/Weipa in Qld to as far south as Tasmania with a few  trips to Booroloola NT and Karratha WA and a couple overseas trips to Vanuatu and New Zealand.

Late December 2005, I was contacted by the Sports Department of the Fairfax owned newspaper the Illawarra Mercury - a 6 day per week local Wollongong area newspaper.

Basically was invited to write a weekly full page on recreational fishing around Wollongong and up and down the coast and have been doing the column ever since.

This website was conceived to compliment my Reel Deal newspaper column as at times, there is often far too much topical information to include on the weekly published page.

Several Companies and businesses have provided their products for review and “Hot Topics” is also a good medium to highlight and raise issues to the fishing public.

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Sporting Shooters Assoc NSW


Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529

Mon - Sun: 7:00 - 17:00