Weekly Reports

Recently ABC Landline program visited the Lake Illawarra foreshore areas and did a story on the local area including a feature on the lake prawns and the new professional fishing new licence regulations.

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Most local beaches have been fishing reasonably well despite the persistent westerly wind especially now that the swell has abated and has left behind and opened up some very nice gutters on most beaches.

There has been some big whiting getting about as well as bream that were taking a liking to fresh live beach worms in these gutters.

Salmon and tailor are thickening up again with some monsters in the mix but the mulloway unfortunately have been very quiet with only a couple of smaller school fish being reported.

The flathead drifts again proved fruitful for some big flatties and a lot of gummy sharks and there was very little in the way of couta or jacket a welcome sign that these fish have moved on fingers crossed.


Shellharbour Game fishing club wishes to remind those interested in the upcoming inaugural Mako Tournament to be conducted on the weekend October 28/29th.

Updated information and fresh entry forms are available from website www.shellharbourgamefishingclub.com.au


In far from favourable conditions last weekend saw Wollongong Game Fishing Club host their 26th annual game fishing tournament out of Belmore Basin.

The west and sou’wester winds gave the boats a proper hammering on the Saturday especially for those crews who opted for the long trip to Browns Mountain out off Sydney south.

Saturday scoreboard was hardly worth writing up with a couple of tagged striped tuna and a small shark.

Sunday was entirely different with a number of sharks tagged and few tuna caught but alas no southern bluefin tuna made to the gantry in time including a 60kg plus fish for Bushy Hayes.

Final results saw champion junior tag and release go to Jackson Smith with a solid mako on 15kg tackle and most sharks T&R Angler, to Grant Hatherly.

Adam Priestly took out tag n release game species with an albacore and tag lady award went the Genelle Murphy.

Dave Stella worked overtime on 8kg tackle to capture his 162 kg mako that took out heaviest shark and champion boat capture division and the raffle winner of the much sought after Shimano tiagra 30WRS reel was a very happy Eva Rose.

Again, appreciation is extended to some of the event sponsors including All Source Aluminum, Shellharbour City Medical Centre, Kelly’s Transport and Gerringong Print with a full list posted on the facebook page.

The Clubs committee urges you to seek out and support these very valued businesses.

More info at www.wollongonggfc.com.au


Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal said the annual bluefin tuna frenzy is well and truly upon us with some great catches coming from the weekend and the start of this week.

Many headed up to Browns Mountain late last week and as reports filtered through of a hot bluefin bite with fish up to the 100 kilogram mark and beyond, before we got hit with the winds again.

A few frustrating days passed until the weather window permitted the hunt to pick up again and happily the tuna stayed around and even moved inshore a fair distance during that forced hiatus.

Big schools of fish were found straight off the front of Bellambi and pods stretched down to off the front of Shellharbour with some big barrels in the mix.

Chris Cleaver and his sister Gina found the fish off Wollongong with Gina landing the first fish of 80 kilograms and then Chris, after a 5 and half hour battle landed his silver keg of a fish which weighed an impressive 136 kilograms.  

The most successful method was to troll a pattern of lures whilst cutting up a bucket of cube sized pillies and when the tuna strike came, immediately chuck over a few hand fulls of the pillies to keep any other tuna in the area at the back of the boat and then deploy all forms of lures to tussle with these elusive and superb eating sportfish.

One boat reportedly tagged 35 fish on Monday using poppers, stick baits and many other lures that you do not often get a chance to throw at these fish.

Weather is looking pretty good for the rest of the week and weekend and hopefully this is not the last we will see of the bluefin just yet as they move south again.

Closer to home there was plenty of big snapper caught over the weekend and most of the fish were reported out over the fifty meter depth line and a couple of boats got their bag quite easily and left the fish on the bite with natural baits, mico jigs and soft plastics all doing their job equally.


Photo 1 – Darcy Menchin fished his own lures on his 60th birthday to barrel a swag of bass.

Photo 2 – Glen Sherriff with his plastics snapper from last weekend

Photo 3 – Trevor Cain used yellow spinnerbait to pull this early season 42cm bass.

Darcy Menchin pair bass 60th resized

glen sherriff resized

Trev Cain 42 bass resized

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