Weekly Reports

Early notice for your diary is the annual Canberra Yellowfin Tournament to be held over the 3 days on May 26/27/28 out of Bermagu,i further down the south coast.

Enquires to www.canberragamefishing.com.au or Mario on 0421 049 191, Dean 0432 279 308.


DPI/Fisheries have advised the Shellharbour FAD is missing and will be replaced as soon as possible.

The missing Swansea FAD was recently replaced and FAD locations and status can be viewed at



Our local beaches have been fishing really well for this time of year with plenty of tasty bread and butter fish aka bream, whiting and flathead.

Fresh pipis, worms and the humble old prawn have been working well of late with a lot keen anglers and families especially the kids, improving their skills at the pipi dance and gathering some prime bait that can been converted to fresh fish on the dinner table.

There has been still plenty of good sized tailor and salmon hitting lures and bait at first and last light.


Mark from Kiama Game sent in the results of last weekend Blowhole Tournament that was blessed with excellent weather and heaps of fish especially marlin, dollies and tuna.

32 boats and 108 anglers competed for 18 categories in capture division and tag and release division.

First up, humble public acknowledgement and thanks to Yatcon Civil who generously donated a cash prize of $5,000 for the tournaments heaviest marlin.

Final results saw 19 marlin tagged and released, with an estimate of triple of that amount, that didn’t make it to the boat but unfortunately for some anglers, several big blues and blacks were lost at the boat however skipper Steve Banks fished with David Dean who successfully landed his blue of 141.5kg to take out the Heaviest marlin capture award.

Heaviest tuna was a yellowfin of 54.8kg’s on 24kg line for Nick Sergi and tournaments heaviest other gamefish was a big dolly of 12 kg on 10kg line for Tracey Vaartjes and heaviest shark was a 251klilo whaler on 15kg line for Mark O’Donoghue.

Champion boat capture was Reckless on 5760 points and tag boat was 2small with 50,700 points.

NSWGFA Junior team fished in the tournament with Grahame Williams NSWGFA Treasurer, who fished off Nemo and came away winning Champion Junior Angler Tag and Release for Ryan Kaczorowski and most OGF t/r boat with 17 dorado.

Continuing great support from the sponsors including again, Yatcon, Kiama Leagues, ProFishEnt Trading, Sunset Marine, Gates Haulage, Kiama Tourism and Shimano are just a few of the very long list of sponsors and supporters and your involvement was much appreciated.

The clubs website at www.kiamagfc.com.au has a full run down of the tournament details.


Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal said while the westerly wind last weekend and earlier this week, there were plenty of fish about.

Those lucky enough to hit the water later last week still found plenty of marlin about on places such as Bandit and Wollongong reefs with fish up to the 100kg mark.

A couple of the bigger boats headed out in search of yellowfin tuna that have been popping up at random and some crews found tuna between 30 and 50 kilos and topped of their catch with a few denizens  from the deep including blue eye cod and gemfish.

Last week before the blow, the inshore reefs held some good snapper with shop customers finding fish in the shallows up to 4kg along with plenty of good sized trevally and sampson fish and seeing the current has slackened off a fair bit, their most successfully method was to anchor up and run out a steady burley trail to lure them closer to the boat.

There were some good sized kings and bonito around the Port Islands with majority of the kings being legal and big bonito and the never fail method of slow trolled or down rigged squid were their undoing.

Plenty of dolphin fish still about and they keep turning up in the weirdest of places with a couple of customers drifting for a feed of flathead off Port Kembla beach and running into a school of dollies with quite a few legal fish mixed in with the smaller ones.

All the flathead drifts have been producing good sized fish at present with very few reports of the horrible green toads which is always a welcome event to report.

With school holidays upon us why not get the kids out of the house and take them for a fish and on this, a shop regular reported there are plenty of good sized garfish in the harbour at Wollongong which is a great and safe place for the kids to get out and try their hand at fishing, the lake also has been fishing excellent at the moment with plenty of whiting, bream and flathead about.


Photo 1 – Jye Spinks with an excellent snapper from a recent trip to Burrill Lake near Ulladulla

Photo 2 – Kim Stolk with her first ever wahoo of 17.8kg from a recent trip to Coffs Harbour.

Photo 3 – Nick Sergi with his 54.8 kg yellowfin tuna from the recent Kiama Game Tournament

Jye Spinks Burrill Lake resized

Kim Stolk Coffs Wahoo 17.8kg resized

Nick Sergi 54.8kg resized

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