Weekly Reports

Hayden from Compleat Angler at Windang reckoned only the really keen or extremely mad would have headed out offshore last weekend.

Reports from before the sour system hit, indicated water temps are just as warm now as it was in January with the temp above 20 degrees and striped marlin were a definite target.

Yellowfin tuna were around Ulladulla or Batemans Bay way but you need to go way down towards Eden for any chance of a bluefin.

The stir up should have the snapper out and about over the next few days.

River and estuary fishing is always an option when the weather turns bad as luderick will move into calmer waters and while green weed is prime bait, don’t overlook squirt worms or small prawn section that will also give you a chance of whiting as a by catch.

Minnamurra River fished well with some good bream and decent sized trevally pulled from around the railway bridge but you have to fish the prime time for best results.


Members of Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club are reminded this Sunday, your Annual General Meeting will be held at the hotel from 10.00am.

Committee positions are vacant so this is the opportunity to get more involved in the running of the club and helping out other members.

Members are also reminded the annual subs are due and need to be paid before voting or weighing any fish for the ensuing competition years.

More info on the club’s Facebook page.


Don’t forget the Yamaha Sydney Boat show starts next Thursday August 3rd and will be held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour surrounds and waterfront.

Full details at www.sydneyboatshow.com.au where you can also buy online tickets.


Results for the July monthly are in for Warilla Hotel FC that show Danny Colville taking out biggest bag with an excellent species mix totaling 6 kilograms.

Mystery fish section was won by Joe Sciberras with his bream however fish of the month section was not contested so will double up for the August species – trevally


DPI/Fisheries Officers recently apprehended a man at Port Kembla after he was observed concealing a catch bag (allegedly full of abalone) in bitou bush near the northern end of MM Beach.

After a short search, the bag was located and was found to contain 34 blacklip abalone which had been shucked including one undersize abalone.

Investigations continue and the man now faces potential charges including possessing shucked abalone, possessing prohibited size abalone and aggravated possession of abalone. 

Minimum size limit for blacklip abalone is 11.7cm, the bag and possession limit is two (2) and it is illegal to shuck abalone in, on or adjacent to all NSW waters.


Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal reported last weekend’s big southerly swell that developed, kept most, well away from the water but the resultant stir up had snapper fishos rejoicing at the chance to get out and into some shallow water reds as the swell abated earlier this week.

On Sunday a couple of the bigger game boats punched  out wide from Sydney in the hunt for a broadbill drop and to also have a look for the elusive yellow or blue fin tuna that so far have been absent.

No tuna or swords were reported, but Tristan Williams and Mark Dandy did find some solid mid- winter dolphin fish out there which is bizarre this time of year but a welcome and tasty by catch for their efforts.

Before the swell last week there were some excellent sized snapper about that had bellies full of cuttlefish as the spawn run of these cephalopods hits full swing.

Reds to 4kg were quite common and the best results came from fishing very shallow to avoid the rampaging run of barracouta we have at the moment.

There have been plenty of big sized trevally around the shallows as well as some big blue nosed bream and both took a liking to royal red prawns.

Flathead drifts were still producing the goods on some excellent sized fish but as mentioned before there will be a few rig changes and moves needed to escape the ‘couta.

There was reports of some good mulloway off the beaches of late with East Corrimal a stand out last week with multiple fish of around the 10kg mark as well as a whole heap of soapies and plenty of big winter whiting and bream getting about off the beaches as well with odd big flathead also.

Not many reports of salmon or tailor, but they are out there off beaches gutters.

With the big swell, blackfish came to play in the sheltered harbours and bays and with the lack of weed about due to the swell many opted for the artificial weed flies that seem to be doing as good if not better than the fresh stuff.

Photo 1 – Brock Evans with a ‘kidney slapper’ sized whiting

Photo 2 – Mark Sims with a solid 55cm bass that had a 200mm mullet insid

Photo 3 – Tony Williams with an enormous PNG black bass.

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