Weekly Reports

Kev Callaghan, member of Lakeview Hotel Fishing Club and also President of the South Coast Fishing Club’s Association, has advised the Lakeview Hotel FC has just launched a major fund raising raffle with 2 outstanding prizes up for the lucky 1st and 2nd draws of two rod and reel combos valued at around $1890 the pair.

First prize is a Daiwa saltist 6500 reel matched to a saltist extreme rod plus 500 metre spool of J braid worth around $1,000 plus and second prize is a size down combo saltist 4500 rod/reel valued around $870.

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.

The 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.


During the running of last Sunday’s annual Ocean Storm Tackle and Wollongong Sportfishing club’s Lake Illawarra Flathead classic, one very lucky Caleb Beauchamp was selected at random to be awarded a sensational shimano raider rod and reel combo for his continued determination to catch a sizeable flatty for the comp.

Brock Evans who runs a Facebook site “A Kid Teaching a Kid to Fish a Kids Way” was also entered in the flatty comp, observed young Caleb Beauchamp who was putting in the casts as hard as anyone could.

A quick shout and Brock and his dad Grant, pulled up alongside and donated the outfit to a very surprised and stunned Caleb.

Good karma to you Brock- well done


Next Saturday, January 19th Kiama Game fishing club will again host their annual kid’s competition down inside Kiama Harbour and details are up on the website www.kiamagfc.com.au


Inshore flathead drifts again continued to fire with some absolute beast fish being caught the last couple of weeks, mainly on baits.

The better fish are on the deeper drifts up around Stanwell Park and beyond and were from the 40 metre plus depths and also plenty of great tasting gummy sharks as well as big flounder in the mix.

The beach fishing has really picked up with the warmer water and there are plenty of table fish to be pulled from the breakers using beach worms, pipis or the freshest available.

Plenty of whiting, bream and flathead are about as well as some good sized tailor and monster salmon.

There were a few reports of some mulloway about to but alas their trail has gone cold over the last week.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said as predicted, the offshore water temps have finally risen and the bait is stacked up on many of the well know reef sites but those marlin have been very cagey and not playing ball.

The effort put in by many has been enormous but despite a few random free swimmer sightings, there have been no screaming reels to report – yet.

Shop customers have indicted the billies are there but the inshore bite has been very timid if not non- existent with better action seen out over the 70 fathom line.

The recent nor’easters winds have prevented most trailer boats making the journey but forecasters say this weekend might just be what the doctor ordered – here’s to optimism.

FADs are showing more life but with the consistent boat traffic, fish have been very few and far between with most reporting rat kings and or undersize dollies on them.

The kingies have fired up over this last week with plenty of bigger models being landed off Port Kembla islands and divers still reporting good schools travelling up and down our coastline with some quite big jiggers in the mix.

For every serious king there is a dozen or more that are undersize who will steal your livie in a heartbeat so some judicious depth sounder monitoring is needed to locate those better horseshoe returns before deploying the baits down.

There have been some excellent dinner table sized snapper around the 2 kilo range coming in these last few days and the numbers are slowly on the increase.

The deeper reefs were holding bigger sizes and numbers and fresh slimy fillets have been the go to bait with an abundance of them around at the moment.

There has been a few solid sampson fish coming in also as well that is quite common at this time of year and they certainly live up to their name on the snapper gear

Egg, bread crumbed and lightly fried, they certainly pass muster on the plate.

As with all salt water fish, a trip home in sea water is far better than from the cleaning table taps.


Photo 1 – Caleb Beauchamp with his Lake Illawarra flatty from last Sunday

Photo 2 – Leanne Windram with her first ever fish – a nice golden perch

Photo 3 – Mitchell Bonner hit St Georges Basin for a few bream

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Leanne Windram 1st fish ever resized

Mitchell Bonner basin brimbo resized

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Gary Wade


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