Weekly Reports

12th October 2018

The postponed Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th annual game tournament has been re scheduled and will now be held this weekend October 13/14 – let’s hope the weather clears and is much kinder for the entrants as well as the organisers.

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


Luderick fishers have found that any sort of reasonable quality green has again has been scarce and attempts to collect it off the rocks has been hampered by unfavourable seas.

Most of the dedicated fishers for these tasty rock species have conceded and agree that they have been converted albeit reluctantly, to the artificial weed flies and begrudging agreed,  they been having just as much success as on the real stuff.

Most rock hoppers have been forced to stay well away from the stones this past week or so owing to the conditions, but have been waiting for a changes in the weather so they can get out and ‘scratch their collective itch”.


Lakeview Hotel FC monthly comp saw senior winner go to Warren, with Greg the runner-up.

Fish of the comp went to Greg with a nice drummer however fish lotto – trevally, was not won and now jackpots with October target species - groper.

The Freshwater comp is on this weekend at Buckenderra, and the Lake Conjola kids comp is scheduled for November 30th and December 1st and 2nd weekend and RSVP are required by 16th November for catering.

$70 Families and $40 for singles and a gift from Santa for the value of $20.00.

Next comp has been changed to 2nd / 3rd/ 4th of November.

A Hay Day Fundraiser is set down for 27th October at Lakeview Hotel to raise funds for Sean Tomkins, a local sole trader dairy farmer and the Lakeview fishing club has already donated $100.00.


DPI/Fisheries game fish tagging program report, shows a black marlin tagged and released by Newcastle & Port Stephens GFC boat Rarely In during a recent tournament has been recaptured but only after approximately 24 hours after it was released.

During the initial capture, unfortunately the marlin became tail wrapped during the fight and was in near exhausted condition when it was bought to the boat, however the crew chose to tag the marlin and revive it boat side prior to releasing it, however its condition was noted on the tag card as being ‘poor on release’.

The following day around the same time (12pm) the marlin ate another bait presented by Sydney GFC boat Compton   re-released the marlin for the second time in 24 hours, when it was reported to be in good condition and very close to the original capture location.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported there unfortunately was not too much to report, with only a couple of days worthy of wetting a line over this last week owing to the fickle weather.

Last Tuesday saw about the only weather window to get out and a few boats did the wide run off Sydney for a stoush with the yellow fin that had been across many reports.

There were a few tuna caught just south of Brown’s Mountains that ranged up to 60 kilograms which has hopes high for this weekend’s Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s postponed tournament and be advised that home port is Port Hacking.

On Tuesday again there were some excellent sized snapper taken out on the deeper reefs around the northern beaches off Wollongong and most came from 50 meter and deeper line and a lot of them fish were caught on bait and most successful bait was fresh cuttlefish with pilchards coming a close second.

The rain and southerly early this week should see the snapper bite red hot for this weekend and the coming week and Bandit, Wollongong and trap reefs would be the number 1 picks of the ‘go to’ spots if you and the weather align to let you get out.

Flathead drifts have been quiet due to the weather but from the few reports received, from late last week, was there was still plenty about off Stanwell Park and the National Parks Era and Burning Palms deeper drifts

Once the weather settles, beaches and rocks should fire again with all the creeks getting another big flush again and spewing bait onto the beaches and this has had the mulloway mania kick into to most fishos and them finally rejoicing from what has been another rather quiet year for the species.

Bream, drummer and blackfish have been about in good numbers in the washes and when the water abates there will be plenty on offer.

With the miserable weather we had, a lot of the fishing has been for the luderick in the sheltered harbours and bays, out of the southerly swell where some excellent sized fish sought respite.


Photo 1 – Barbara Hamilton fished Hamilton Island for this Indo snapper and coral trout.

Photo 2 – Mitchell Bonner with his 75cm flathead from St Georges Basin.

Photo 3 – Vanki Feher with her 35 kilo yellowfin tuna from offshore Shellharbour

Barb Hamilton island.Indonesian snapper and a coral trout resized

Mitchell Bonner 75 basin resized

Vanki Feher yft 35kg resized


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Gary Wade


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