Weekly Reports

It has been good to see the power of social media with multiple reports of the ongoing issue of illegal cockles being harvested en masse that has galvanised enforcement officers from DPI/Fisheries, Council rangers and NSW Police who have issued fines and warnings as required.

Observe and report is recommended option.


Also a reminder to get yourself a couple of tickets in the Lakeview Hotel FC major fund raising raffle that has 2 outstanding prizes up for the lucky 1st and 2nd draws of two rod and reel combos valued at around $1890 the pair.

Both outfits are on display at Complete Angler Bait & Tackle, Windang and tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and are available at the tackle shop and raffle will be drawn at Complete Angler Windang on Saturday the 23rd of March 2019 at 2.00pm and winners will be published here in the Reel Deal, the following Friday March 30th issue.

Enquiries to Compleat Angler or to Kev on his email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Illawarra beaches have been fishing well with a lot of parents taking the young ones that have been on holidays, to the beach to beat the heat and have a fish.

Some have had great success on dart and whiting as well as plenty of flatties on soft plastics flicking the gutters on a run out tide.

There have been some good fishing for mulloway of late but the size isn’t much better than 80cm but that is still a nice fish and even better is that 90% of them have been returned to grow bigger but not until many happy snaps have been taken as the wags say “no photo, no proof so no fish caught”.

The recent DPI/Fisheries report into the dwindling stock and bio mass numbers especially here on NSW south coast has had many recreational anglers take note but the same can’t be said for the commercial sector.

With the kids enjoying their last week of holidays many have flocked to the local creeks and Mick from Surfside Concreting took his little bloke to their local creek and fishing with bread, young Jake landed an excellent 32cm bream amongst a tonne of other species as well.


The following dates are nominated for the upcoming South Coast Fishing Association comps for 2019, so please diarise as required.

Beach comp is the 16th&17th of February with the weigh-in at Kiama Bowling Club, then the Deep Sea comp on the 10th&11th of March with the weigh-in at Berry Bowling Club.

Finally the Rock Comp on the 18th&19th of May with the weigh-in at Lakeview Hotel. 

For more details and information, firstly contact your own club or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said yet another cracking week and weekends fishing just passed with great conditions for all.

It was again a tough week for the offshore crews locally anyway as there were fish to the south and to north but none straight out from us even though the bait and water temps were spot on.

Some have put it down to the current moon phase, but all agree that the billfish out there but getting them bite has just been plain tough.

Many reported seeing plenty of free swimmers over last week and quite a few lost live baits to fish but just couldn’t set the hooks.

Batemans Bay GFC hosted their Tollgate Islands Tournament which saw some great fish caught over the 3 days with great run of marlin down there as well as sharks and some solid dolphin fish.

Meanwhile up north of us there was the Sydney GFC Bill Haywood tournament that again seen some pretty good fishing on the Saturday despite the southerly buster with quite a few marlin but by Sunday in excellent conditions the fish had moved on with only a couple of fish caught .

The inshore reefs again had plenty of delicious table fish on offer but not the bogger specimens of snapper we have seen over the last month and again, slimy mackerel has been the pick of the fresh bait and the plastics have again been holding their own.

The reds and throw in the by catch of some big blue mowies and some solid little sampson fish and the ever tasty pig fish and there were still some e great bags on offer all be it you had to work pretty hard to secure your feed.

Kings are still about but the bigger models are finding their freedom once hooked off the shallow reefs or not getting to the baits with the plagues of smaller rats about.

There has been plenty of bonito about and Danny Watkins got his young bloke Lucas onto a good sized one around the 3kg mark trolling a live mackerel around the Port Islands over the weekend.

Photo 1 – Allan Kerr with an excellent snapper caught off a local reef system

Photo 2 – Jeff Pollard from Gulgong used his own lure to catch this yellow belly perch)

Photo 3 – 8yo Josh Stewart with his first ever catch and release bream from Lake Illawarra

Allan Kerr resized

Jeff Pollard windy own lure resized

Josh Stewart cpr bream resized


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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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