Weekly Reports

The Nowra Sportfishing Club will host their annual fishing convention this weekend out of Crookhaven Heads Tourist Park.

Anglers wishing to participate who are not affiliated with ANSA NSW are welcome to compete but are not eligible to compete for some trophy categories.

Nowra Sportfishing Club membership is available and some accommodation may be available at the Tourist Park so telephone 02 4447 2849.

Late enquiries to President - Barry Preston 0402 300 240 Vice President or Secretary, Faye Hanson Phone/Fax: 02 44439748, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark from Kiama Game sent in an update of the club’s upcoming Yatcon Civil/Simrad blowhole big fish classic game fishing tournament that is planned for April 6/7th.

The prize list has been further enhanced and now exceeds $40,000 including heaviest marlin over 100 kilos now attracts a cash prize of $10,000 from Yatcon Civil, and second heaviest over 100 kilos is $5,000 from Yates Law.

Venue will again be at Kiama Harbour and briefing and tournament dinner at Kiama Leagues.

Details at www.kiamagfc.com.au


Most of the local beaches have had plenty of flathead, bream and whiting for those who found the better gutters and fished into the much cooler evenings.

A reconnoitre of your target beach at low tide should indicate where the gutter will be a high tide.

There were a couple of confirmed reports of some better sized mulloway off the sand but best info that could be extracted, was fish north and use fresh bait.


Gerringong Hotel FC started their fresh annual comp report  with a run down on last year’s place getters that saw the rock section of the comp coming down to the wire between four people that were all in the running for top place.

It was Randall Pring who claimed top honours in the last comp of the year – congrats Randall.

The January comp saw some hot flatty fishing in a local lagoon and Anthony Reed and Kelly made the most of it with some nice lizards tabled.

Local beaches produced some great whiting on beach worms and an early morning start down at Gerroa resulted in 10 nice fish that was topped off later in the day with another 2 studs.

Jason Stalgis took out the beach section.

The kids of the sub-junior tribe have been enjoying some nice catches of lizards in the Shoalhaven and recently the salmon have been scarce but a few recent schools were in close enough to secure  half a dozen nice fish with the best at 2.3 kilos.

Todd Walker put a mullet on the board for ‘fish of the month’ section for January but the bream proved very hard to find let alone capture.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said yet another frustrating weekend has passed for those chasing billfish with heaps of boats out on all the local hot spots for very little return with reports suggesting only a couple of boats actually had fish boat side.

Early reports this week has seen a marked improvement in the hook-up stats so fingers crossed there are more swimming down with current that racing south at present.

Tomorrow is looking the goods for a run so many crews have their fingers crossed.

Snapper fishos are wondering where all the reddies have gone with many boats over the weekend pulling donuts on the fish.

There were plenty of the smaller pan sized fish but the size we had become a custom to over the latter months of last year are missing in action or just not biting.

A few boats went out to the 100/120 metre depth line - where they have had success before, but they too reported all very quiet – too quiet for the effort put in.

It’s not all doom and gloom with plenty of anglers getting stuck into some nice legal sized kingfish over the weekend both down at Port Kembla and around Bellambi.

Darren Martin hit them again but this time took his young bloke Kai who out did Dad with a nearly 7 kilo fish, that when weighed at the tackle shop, bumped his surprised dad off top stop on the instore comp board.

They weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the kingies with plenty of customers reporting a good session on them last Saturday.

Perfect conditions for down rigging and squid was the bait of choice for the better fish as they didn’t want to play ball with the slimeys .

Beaches and rocks continued to have the most consistent bite with plenty of bonito and kings off the stones up and down the coast on all sorts of lures and plastics.

Hill 60, Bass Point and the Break wall off Port have all been holding good numbers of fish over the past week.

There were still plenty of drummer and bream about the washes as well.


Photo 1 – Dave Black with a thumper of a red rock cod off Shellharbour

Photo 2 – Mark Coles caught this bull dolly instead of a marlin – excellent capture

Photo 3 – Aaron Vekar found the reds biting off Port Kembla

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Mark Coles bull dolly resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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