Weekly Reports

NSW Government have recently established NSW Marine Estate body that will oversee numerous groups and provide the general public with a number of issues.

Sub groups within the organisation include key initiatives like Management Strategy, Legislation, Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment and many other topics.

Of interest may be the menu item ‘marine protected areas’.

Members of the public can view these topics and papers at any time by going to www.marine.nsw.gov.au with submissions of comments directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


DPI/Fisheries have advised the Crowdy Head FAD is missing and the Coffs Harbour FAD has dragged to now be at 35.15.785 south and 153.21.215 east.

The recent sea conditions off the Illawarra may have affected our FADS, so when the weather clears, maybe advise the FADs team of any variations.

Anglers are reminded that tying off to a FAD is prohibited with fines of $500 applicable.

If you see a boat tied up, take a photo of their registration and report it to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without getting involved.


The NSW open season for recreational fishing in trout streams closes on Monday, 10 June 2019, following the June long weekend, but all nominated trout dams remain open to fishing.

DPI Director Fisheries Compliance Patrick Tully said while most fishers were aware of size and bag limits and would abide by the rules, fisheries officers would be in the field to ensure all fishers obeyed the law.

Specific local rules will apply for the Eucumbene River near Providence Portal.

He went on to say that it is important for all anglers check they have a current and valid NSW Recreational Fishing Licence prior to fishing not only the close, but whenever fishing.

Information on the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and trout fishing rules are available from www.dpi.nsw.gov.au


An extract from a recent Freshwater Fisher press release reported that 23 years ago in 1996, a 300 mm long Australian bass was tagged in Lake Somerset, S/E Queensland and recently it was recaptured in the adjoining Lake Wivenhoe and was measured at just 450mm and obviously was washed or travelled over the common separating dam wall.

Further studies indicate for reasons unknown, Australian bass are extremely slow growing and continue the present development that longevity is a survival strategy to ensure that most adults participate in at least one exceptional spawning.

For many years, the maximum age recorded in wild Australian bass was 22 years, however, a wild bass from the Genoa River down on the Monaro system, has now been aged at 47 years of age.

Heads up then that these iconic Australian natives should be released as they are too ‘special’ to end up in an esky of ice.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported very slim pickings from last weekend and early this week owing to the cold southerly and westerly blustery conditions that prevailed.

The Port Hacking Game fishing club went ahead with their tournament “Hacking 100” but owing to the conditions amended it back from a scheduled 2 day event, to a single shootout formula.

The bigger boas were the only ones that braved the condition and they did manage a few sharks, some yellowfin tuna and even a couple of marlin.

Offshore locally, a few boats got out before the front moved through last Saturday but from all reports it was fairly quiet which isn’t uncommon when the bottom falls out of the barometer and as the old saying goes when it blows from the south the fish close their mouths.

Before the bad weather there were some better than average reds about on the inshore reefs just not in the numbers normally seen for this time of year.

In saying though, that last weekend’s swell and the one forecast for this weekend, will definitely give the rocks a good pounding and dislodge all manner of tasty tucker for the ever hungry snapper.

The reds will move in and help themselves to the offerings so guys will not have to travel too far for some measured success but only when the swells abate.

Needless to say, any thoughts of rock fishing should be shelved and up on the very high shelf.

These conditions are just not worth the risk to yourself or those that will be expected to try and rescue you or your body – think about that and your family.

With the swell, a lot of the focus has been on the luderick that will have sought shelter in the harbour and bays out of the southerly swells.

Bellambi, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama harbours have already had good numbers and fair to good size blackfish being taken and there has been some good patches of healthy and strong weed about too.

Again, please only harvest what you need for a session or 2 and leave some for the next guy.


Photo 1 – Andrew Dunn escaped the cool weather to catch his near metery barramundi Daly River.

Photo 2 – Young Jake Black fished off Bellambi for a good feed of flathead

Photo 3  - PN Rook with a choice pair of Kiama snapper off his special secret spot

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529


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