Weekly Reports

28th September 2018

Members of Basin Lure and Fly held their monthly point score on the weekend with the weather much kinder they had a good turnout for fishing and BBQ get together.

Only 4 members recorded points with Glen Sherriff on 3405, Ian Roth 2945, Joanne Bonaccorsi 1650
and Frank Bonaccorsi 1340 and rouge was snapper and was won by Ian Roth with a 420mm fish.

There was some good sized flathead caught with Ian Roth tagging a 750mm fish.

October will see the last round of this year’s competition and although overall winners have been decided there is still a chance to take out the overall biggest flathead and bream competition, so members get out there and see if they can secure a spot on the winners list.

The monkey has been removed off Dave Loose as after many years of chasing the elusive basin ghost mulloway, Dave’s luck finally turned last weekend as he finally pulled a solid silver slab over the side his boat – congrats on your nemesis jewie.


The postponed Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th annual game tournament has been re scheduled and will now be held over the weekend of 13/14th October.

Fresh details are now up on the club website at www.wollongonggfc.com.au and also their Facebook page.


Local rocks have had plenty of rock blackfish about the washes as well as bream, trevally and luderick, with some huge models in the mix once the burley has started to work.

For the lure throwers, there have been a few rats kings getting about and plenty of salmon and tailor mixed in.

The long weekend is fast approaching so make sure all your gear is in good condition and also that your licences are paid up because no doubt the authorities will be out and about.

Go thru your boat and make sure all your safety gear is in check as there will be a pretty good chance that gear will be checked also and remember these Officers are just doing their job to possibly save your life so please co-operate.


DPI/Fisheries have advised the 2019 summer FAD season is well under way with 10 separate FADS already on location up on the North coast at Tweed Heads down to and including Port Macquarie.

Work is underway to deploy fads from a north to south direction until all are on site as soon as possible with weather permitting.

Monito FAD site location by visiting https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-aggregating-devices and ember that tying up to them is prohibited.


Final reminder for Cluey’s Flathead Classic to be held at Greenwell Point on Saturday October 6th from the Greenwell Point Hotel.

Entry fee is only $10 with enquiries to 02 4447 1202.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said local anglesr rejoiced at the recent good weather all be it only last Friday and Saturday before another cold southerly moved in on Sunday.

Many crews hit the water on Saturday and with the a few local comps and tournaments being held shortly, it was a chance to head out and see what was on offer out wide.

There had been rumours over the last couple of weeks, of some good water moving down from Sydney which was holding yellowfin tuna in it and that was confirmed by a few boats over the weekend with tuna caught just south of Sydney on the Southern Canyons and also out the front directly east of Bellambi.

Fish were wide spread and very hard to keep on the cube but with the oceanic eddy presently just off the Illawarra shelf area, it should only be a short time before a few are bought in to grace the dinner tables.

Local game boat Stainless Still headed out for a run to chase up a few mako sharks and young angler Jackson Smith found out just how hard these sharks can pull.

He finally won out after a marathon 6 hour battle with a very healthy mako that pulled the scales down to 140 kilograms.

Closer to home there were a lot of good snapper about on the reefs with the deeper water holding the better reds again and plastics prove to be better than the bait.

Darren Martin landed his personal best for the year at just under the 5 kilo mark and is now on top of the in-store fishing comp so well done Marto.

Plenty of good sized blue morwong and some big trevally were also caught as well as some big pigfish off the same grounds.

The flathead drifts still are fishing really well with plenty of good sized fish over the 50cm mark as well as plenty of gummy sharks and already the odd big size flounder.

The divers have been quietly mentioning of some large kingfish about at the local usual haunts but more up off a few northern rock platforms.


Photo 1 – Allan Toohey with his monster coral trout he caught using a popper.

Photo 2 – Enrico Novek with his southern bluefin tuna caught while on recent holiday from Spain

Photo 3 – Tony Felgate with a solid snapper caught jigging plastics.

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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