Weekly Reports

21st September 2018

It looks like common sense has prevailed with the NSW Government announcing during the week, that they have scrapped plans for the introduction of 25 Marine Parks in NSW including an area around the 5 islands off Port Kembla.

Whilst the ‘fat lady’ has to fully burst into song with 100% confirmation, there is still strong recommendation for completion of the survey that closes on September 27th.

Survey is at www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/new-marine-park-proposal/

Social media still indicates there will be a number of peaceful protests both on land and water based to hammer home the strong objection of many thousands of recreational anglers and their families across the state.


Reminder for  the inaugural Cluey’s Flathead Classic that will be held at Greenwell Point on Saturday October 6th from 0700 hours to 1300 hours from behind the Greenwell Point Hotel.

Entry fee is only $10 and there is 2 categories – catch/release and catch/retain and a heap of prizes are available.

Enquiries to 02 4447 1202 or Hot Topics on my above website www.reeldealfishing.com.au


Unfortunately the weather gods had other ideas and last weekend’s Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th annual game tournament was called off in view of safety concerns.

The postponed event is currently being rescheduled with further details to be posted up here as soon as possible and on the club website at www.wollongonggfc.com.au


There were a lot of big bream pulled from the rocks also over the weekend but none better than Martin Sewalt’s stud fish that upped his personal best bream off the rocks that pulled the scales down to just under the 900 gram mark and secured him top spot on the Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle in-store fishing comp.


Using Recreational fishing license funds, construction of NSW's latest offshore artificial reef is now completed near Merimbula further down the coast.

Assembled in Eden Harbour, the two specially designed pinnacle reefs each standing 12 metres high are this week being sunk to their final resting place 32 metres below the ocean surface.

The new reef pinnacles will be easily accessible for local and visiting fishers being situated between Merimbula and Haycock Points approximately 2.5km offshore from the Merimbula estuary.

The first module was sunk into position earlier this week after being towed the 25 km north from Eden and weather permitting, the second structure will go in shortly.

Each pinnacle weighs over 90 tonnes and this is the first time this special installation technique, adopted from the oil and gas industry, has been used in NSW to safely install such massive structures.

The precise latitude and longitude or global position marks will be notified as soon as deployment is achieved - just in time for summer.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said the weather report last Friday kept a lot of fishers ashore on Saturday and Sunday with a gale warning issued on the Friday.

A couple of brave hearts snuck out on Saturday morning before the bad winds arrived around noon and they all reported the boat drifts and general fishing was hard to contend with.

There were a few reports of a couple of good reds taken but they were caught well before the sun came up and the bite died as soon as the morning light hit the water and the barometer started to drop.

Most of the fish reported, were caught in close proximity to the ramp with the weather warning as it was.

The beaches and the rocks was where it was at again on the weekend with plenty of fish coming from the platforms and the sand.

Off the rocks, the drummer bite has been nothing short of exceptional and the last couple of months not much has changed with some monster pigs being landed up and down the coast.

Some of these brutes nearly 60cm and weighing in at more than 3 kilograms, were caught last weekend from various platforms from Wollongong to Stanwell Park on both cunje and royal red prawns.

There were also a lot of salmon and tailor about for those wanting to throw lures and soft plastics and many used light tackle that made for a pretty fun session with some big salmon around.

Beaches had some nice jewies on them last weekend with plenty around the 10 kilogram size and with the new mulloway laws now in force. Luke was happy to report that a lot of them went back after a quick photo and quite a few with some DPI tags in them which is great to see.

Along with the jews there were plenty of salmon and tailor as well as some big bream and flathead and the run out tide was the pick for the bream and the flathead with a couple of customers doing really well by  ‘rolling’ little bream crank bait lures in the washes.


Photo 1 – Jackson Cole with a snapper he caught by himself off Bass Point.

Photo 2 – Peter Miller travelled to NT to troll up his 1080mm barramundi

Photo 3 – Ryder Evans fished Tuena for this unusual mirror carp.

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529


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