Weekly Reports

Last weekend’s excellent weather saw local ramps at near overflow capacity with trailer boats dotting the seascape up and down the coastline.

The inshore bottom dongers found the current patchy in some places that required constant moving but no reports of barracouta.

Most of the flatty drifts copped a fair work over but crews that used fresh baits and jigged plastics definitely fared better than the freezer prawns crews.

Further off shore there were quite a few  yellowfin tuna caught both locally out the front and further down the coast with the fish ranging between 15 and 60 kilograms.

Most were taken on the troll with a local boat recording a bag limit and getting their first yellowfin for the year with a very fit tuna that went near enough to 50 kilos.

There were also a couple of striped marlin caught up off Sydney over the weekend and with the warmer water presently pouring down the coast, we are looking at a bumper game fishing season coming up.

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DPI/Fisheries enforcement officers wish to remind anglers that whilst the bass and estuary perch season is well and truly open, it might be timely to remind anglers that if the angler wishes to retain their catch, the bag limit is 2 Bass or 2 Estuary Perch and not a combined 4 fish and only one may be over 35cm.

Strong emphasis is placed on catch and release but it is voluntary and not mandatory to release them.

Whilst on the freshwater subject, the murray cod closed season is currently in force and does not open until December 1st.

Several inland dams are open all year round including Copeton near Inverell and the recently gazetted, Blowering Dam near Tumut.

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Shellharbour game fishing club next general club meeting is November 30th at Warilla Bowlo.

http://www.shellharbourgamefishing.com.au

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Next weekend November 23/24 and 25th will see the annual White Sands Game fishing tournament and cash shootout conducted by Jervis Bay Game fishing club at Huskisson.

A $500 lucky draw prize will be awarded to an entrant and a further $500 lucky draw prize will go to a boat – just for entering the tournament.

The recent warm water currents that have been pushing down should see plenty of action with some very large dolphin fish capturest this week and yellowfin tuna and striped marlin hook-ups have been all over the radio chatter.

Some excellent support from the sponsors include GME, Ironbark Flooring, Casaview Homes, Bendigo Bank, Penn Reels and Compleat Angler South Nowra head a long list.

Club committee urges you to support the sponsors as without them, there would be no prizes or tournament.

More details at www.jervisbaygfc.com or email the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said another cracking good weekend behind us with sensational weather and the fishing was 99% nearly as good as you could ask for.

The snapper were again on fire this weekend and with local boat ramps at capacity and there were plenty of superb sized fish that came in off Port Kembla and Bellambi ramps.

These reds again came from the deeper reefs of 50 plus meters depth with some solid reds pushing close to the 6 kilogram range and in big numbers.

Many boats reached their bag limits in quick succession with fish ranging from 2 to 6 kilo amongst the bags and included with the snapper were some very solid and hard fighting sampson fish that had anglers thinking they had hooked and were fighting monster snapper.

There were a few kingies over the same reef patterns and all 3 species took a strong liking to micro jigs that made it worth the while for the long and slow drop to the bottom.

Quite a few black spot pigfish and the odd trevally were also sighted in various eskys at the cleaning tables.

There again were some nice yellow tailed kingfish taken from around the island group off Port Kembla and also off a few well know kingie haunts off Shellharbour.

Reports say that 90% of these fish were taken by using downriggers baited with live squid and slimy mackerel that were slow trolled around no particular pattern, as the kings found them rather than you finding the kings.

The spin brigade tangled with a few kingies of legal size, from the rocks and breakwall at Port Kembla harbour entrance.

Flathead drifts continued to turn on the good fishing with again some great catches off the sand drifts up north around Stanwell Park and further north off the National Park and throw in some good gummy sharks, more than swag of big flounder and the boxes of fish coming back to the ramp were nothing short of sensational.

Guys were a little coy but the general consensus was the deeper drifts seemed to hold the bigger flatties and the gummies.

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Photo 1 – Clifford Cole finished work early this week so he went out and caught dinner.

Photo 2 – 5yo Heath Black fished the lake for this very pale flatty that he released.

Photo 3 – Jason Goodson fished into the evening for this solid bass that he released

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AUSTRALIAN'S love fishing

Get off the lounge, visit your local tackle shop, buy some gear, bait etc

and GO FISHING.

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Gary Wade

 

Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529

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