Weekly Reports

Local beaches and rocks continued to fish well with the rocks still producing plenty of big drummer and bream in the washes, and for those spinning the stones, there has been some early bonito and a few rat kings in with the schools of salmon.

A few reports have filtered through of some school mulloway from up around more northern ledges that were taken using soft plastics with Scarborough a whispered mention but further up toward Royal Nation Park.

As usual, these exact spots are well guarded secrets as guys have spent considerable time and effort in speculation fishing during different tides and hours of the day and night.

Whiting have been about in the shore breaks and in good numbers with worms the standout bait as is the norm, with the added bonus of bream and flatties, especially if you can offer a ‘mixed grill’ with pipis.

Don’t be surprised if you tangle with a school jew or even a small gummy shark as these guys are always on patrol.

Compleat Angler staff have reported that some of the feeder creeks of Lake Illawarra and the headwaters of those river systems a little further south, recently had reasonable sized Australian bass up to 35cm plus as they start to move further up to the fresh.

Beetle spins with plastics was the better performers but early morning and into the evening sessions using surface popper and paddlers made for exhilarating fishing with some fish nearer the 40cm mark hitting hard.

Natural coloured divers and spinner baits have worked well and cicada lures are always a go to for the surface bite as well as imitation frog patterns buzzbaits.

Back into the saltwater and as you move south from Port Kembla to Kiama, the snapper have been kicking on nicely from over the 60 metre depth line and in closer the kings have been in good numbers especially around the Port islands and Minnamurra.

As summer is just around the corner, the estuary's will start to fire up and Lake Illawarra has started well with good whiting being taken on live worms and nippers at the top of the channel on the run in tide.

Flathead are in reasonable numbers again this season, but fish the channel the runout tide for better results and use similar baits

If you are after a real buzz, try surface lures or pencils for the whiting as it is a great way to fish over the shallow sand flats.

Offshore, reports have come in that the warm currents have arrived and to further confirm this, there are blue bottles on some of the northern beaches.

Brad Harris and crew have been tangling with yellowfin and albacore.

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said yet another beautiful weekend on the coast just passed with plenty of great fish in the mix.

A few boats headed out wide for a late run at yellowfin tuna but alas it wasn’t to be with the fish seeming to have moved down the coast further past Batemans Bay.

There were however plenty of big albacore about which does make for a tasty by catch and a few  striped marlin were seen all lit up and zipping through the trolling spreads but they seemed to only curious and not that hungry.

The snapper bite has been nothing short of insane over the last few weeks with plenty of sensational fish being caught from the deeper reefs and beyond with most of them averaging around the 3 kilo mark with some absolute monsters in amongst them.

The reds have been hanging around from anywhere past the 45 metre depth line out to 100 metres where the stonkers have come from.

The currents have been a bit of an issue, running hard, then nothing at all only to pick up again from a slightly different direction and bigger jig heads have been needed to get the bottom.

Fresh full pillies and squid have proven themselves also as big fish baits.

Reefs such as Bandit and Wollongong are stacked with slimeys and yellowtail which is a great sign for the pelagic run this year.

As the weather warms fishos thoughts have been turned to the hard fighting kingfish that generally turn up in numbers at this time of year and at this stage it hasn’t disappointed with plenty of smaller fish starting to turn up in all the usual places.

Those up off Sydney and south down to JB, have already been some brute hoods caught up to the 30 kilo mark and plenty of bigger ones dusting anglers up over the last couple of weeks and a report of one boat from JB hooking a small black marlin last weekend.

Best places for a run locally are the Islands off Port, Rangoon off Minnamurra and also the bommie out the back of Bellambi.

Photo 1 – Spike Kelly with an unusual ox eye herring.

Photo 2 – Petite Taylor Cole with a Lake whiting she caught by herself.

Photo 3 – Terry Royan with his 10 kilo plus mulloway from just down the coast

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