Weekly Reports

Earlier this week, social media and many other news platforms have raised and highlighted the illegal harvesting of cockles from around the perimeters of the Lake Illawarra foreshores.

Culprits have come from a wide cross section of our community with significant visitors travelling down from Sydney to partake in excessive bag limits and non-compliance with licensing.

Local Fisheries and Police have shown a strong reaction and are to be commended.

If you see this practice, observe, record vehicle number plates and report it rather than get personally involved.


This weekend will see the running of the annual Ocean Storm Tackle and Wollongong Sportfishing club’s Lake Illawarra Flathead classic on Sunday.

Venue will be as usual on the grassed area on the eastern side of the Windang boat ramp.

Entry forms and further details available at Ocean Storm at Warilla.


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


Local beaches have still been fishing okay of late with quite a few fishos scoring well on some really big whiting on freshly caught beachworms with a couple of monster kidney slappers in the mix.

Using the same worm baits, there have been plenty of dart and bream also around in good numbers keeping all the kids and parents sane during the holidays period.

If you are not adept at collecting your own supplies or are unable to buy fresh beach worms, why not try some of the wide selection of red or even pale pink coloured plastic imitations that are on the shelves of all the tackle outlets.

For the boat based anglers, the flathead drifts have been saving a lot of red faces and going home empty handed with all the sand drifts holding exceptional fish at present with little to no signs of the tackle stealing pests we have been seeing a lot of recently.

Better bags of flatties have been coming from the 30 to 50 meter depth line at places like Stanwell Park and further north to the national park as well as Bulli sands and Wollongong sands as well.


DPI/Fisheries have advised the FAD at Crowdy Head is missing and will be replaced as soon as possible.

Boat crews are reminded it is an offence to tie off to any FAD and fines of up to $500 apply, so if you see this happening, record boat rego and maybe a photo and report it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email but do not get involved in a confrontation.

Use the same email address to report any FAD that is missing or not on the stated location.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said the offshore marlin bite has really been heating up down south especially off Jervis Bay with some of the more favoured locations, looking more like a car park with at times with up to 50 boats all jostling for position on the various bait balls getting attacked by mobs of stripes and blacks.

Plenty of billfish have been caught around the Drum and the Sir John Young Banks off Crookhaven Heads with some boats radioing some ridiculous hookup, capture and release numbers over the last week.

The southerly buster that hit last weekend, pushed a lot of the green lifeless water we have had for the past couple of weeks, further north so it shouldn’t be long until we get the bite off our local waters with the run of marlin only hopefully days away.

Water temps have been rising rapidly earlier this week, so the much awaited arrival of the dollies on the FADs is keenly awaited.

Reminder that the dollies usually hang on the down side of the fad facing the prevailing current, so you really should observe the maker flag and have a troll around downstream even up to 100 meters away before actually trolling past the FAD itself.

Snapper fishing has been slow to say the least due to the lifeless green murk we have had but all is looking good for the coming weeks as there have still been the odd good sized fish just without the numbers we have been accustomed to seeing of late.

All the better fish have been coming from well beyond the 50m mark but only as the current abates enough for successful drops to the bottom as if you are not donking your sinkers on the floor, you are almost wasting your time and effort.

Kings have again been slow as mentioned above but already this week there has been some good fish caught around the Islands and behind the bommie at Bellambi and all reports suggesting that they are marking a lot of bigger fish at the minute but getting through the smaller rats has been the problem.


Photo 1 – Danny Wilson travelled to Darwin to land his first barra over metre

Photo 2 – Grant Evans travelled to Windermere Dam to get amongst the local golden perch

Photo 3 – Ron Selby used his own hand made lure to catch and release this 81cm flatty

Danny Wilson metrey resized

Grant Evans windy yellow resized

Ron Selby own lure 81 cpr resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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