Weekly Reports

In some sad and disappointing news, the near iconic Danjera Dam and Yalwal area on the upper Shoalhaven River, is being closed to vehicle access and camping.

The thoughtless idiot brigade and their 4 wheel drives, unregistered and noisy trail bike hoons, illegal dumping and unbelievable littering, has forced the hand of the authorities in charge.

The area holds so much history way back to the late 1800’s when there was an active gold mine, right up until today, for a wide range of unique flora and fauna that is under direct threat from these fools.

Wake up people, we are the ones losing out because of a minority, observe, record number plates and report to the police or council – but do not get involved in face to face confrontations.

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This weekend will see the start of NSW Roads and Maritime efforts to encourage the message of wearing a modern, comfortable lifejacket when you're out on the water.

Diary dates below show nearest boat ramp venue and times.

http://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/lifejackets/old4new/old4new-site-visit-map.html

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In a NSW DPI investigation, DPI Fisheries officers issued two men with multiple fines and required them to rehabilitate a 100 metre stretch of riverbank along the Nepean River in Castlereagh, west of Sydney, at an estimated cost of more than $18,000.

The men were alleged to have carried out illegal works along the riverbank including excavating a boat ramp and reclaiming foreshore land using tyres, rocks, cut trees and sand.

Land owners should only conduct bank stabilisation work and install boat ramps under a permit issued by DPI Fisheries as these permits identify the best materials and building methods to be used to reduce impacts on fish stocks and key habitats.

For more information about undertaking works along waterways, including looking after the river bank go to: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/reha…/living-and-working-on-a-riverbank

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Reminder that DPI/Fisheries and NSW Environmental Protection agency has released precautionary dietary advice for five fish species caught in the Shoalhaven River after testing found elevated levels of per and poly fluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS.

Limit your intake of luderick, sea mullet, sand whiting, dusky flathead and silver biddy from the Shoalhaven.

More information is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/…/epamedia17110617-dietary-advice.

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NSW DPI/Fisheries has advised the Ballina FAD has dragged from its station to be approx. 4 kilometers south and the South West Rocks fad is missing altogether.

Wollongong FAD (23) is now deployed at 34.27.321 south and 151.04.308 east and Shellharbour FAD (24) has been placed at 34.33.720 south and 151.00.626 east.

Kiama FAD (25) is at 34.41.000 south and 150.59.500 east and Jervis Bay (26) is located at 34.57.750 east and 150.58.500 east.

Please monitor FAD positions and report any location variations to Fisheries at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-aggregating-devices

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Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal reported the return of some spectacular weather last weekend had all boat ramps on the east coast at capacity and not only was the weather good the fishing was even better.

There were plenty of cracking sized snapper about over the weekend with just about everybody getting amongst some awesome fish.

The deeper reefs, as usual at this time of year, produced the better fish with a stack of 2-3kg fish being caught on both plastics and baits with the soft plastics seemingly out doing the bait fishos with the ever popular nuclear chicken colour proving its worth again as did the squidgy wrigglers in white lightning.

There were reports of the odd barracouta about but nothing like the plagues we have seen over the past 6 months and still plenty of tasty by catch as well with an excellent run of big pigfish about on the deeper reefs as well.

Kingfish bite has been hotting up and getting better each week with a couple of solid fish falling to down rigged live squid around the Port Islands mainly off gap Island and pig Island but there are still plenty of rats about but once you can get your bait down deeper there are some impressive hoods lurking closer to the bottom.

Down off Jervis Bay there have been some brutes showing up around the block and middle ground up to the magic 20kg mark.

The flathead drifts still produced some nice sized lizards with the average size up on most drifts being around the 55cm mark and there have even been some good reports of tiger flatties up and around Stanwell Park, as well as plenty of snapper sharks and some sizable flounder.

Beaches continued to fish well for the bread and butter species such as whiting bream and flathead with the whiting and bream devouring live beach and squirt worms whilst the flatties are taking a liking to white bait pillies and strip of freshly caught mullet.

Lake reports say some great catches of flathead and bream about on soft plastics whilst waiting for the crabs pots soak and start working.

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Photo 1 – Jonty Bugg used a frozen prawn along the Windang wall to catch this 29cm bream

Photo 2 – A cold Peter Sitarz with a Copeton Dam 88cm murray cod

Photo 3 – Warren Green with a nice pair of flatties from last weekend – northern drifts

Jonty Bugg 29cm froz prawn bowol wall resized

Peter Sitarz 800mm resized

Warren Green north drifts resized

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