Weekly Reports

Inshore flathead drifts have been producing well with good fish both up and down the coast and plenty of gummy sharks and big flounder in the mix also and most have been reportedly from the 30m mark out to the deeper stuff of 50m plus.

The recent rain has pushed a lot of fish in to the lake’s main channel, with some nice bream and flathead being taken around the bridge and rock walls.


Warilla Hotel October monthly comp results show senior deep sea biggest fish category, going to Matt Royan with his 1.2 kilo flathead and biggest bag was a 4.45 kilo mix for Danny Colville.

The bre section biggest fish went to Garry Trotter with his excellent flathead that weighed 2.95 kilos and biggest bag went to John Phelps with 1.2 kilo bag weight.

Safe Way scaffolding sponsors prize for fish of the month was not won and will jackpot for November’s nominated species – Flathead.

Terry Royan nailed the mystery fish award with his flatty and commendation to Garry Trotter who tabled a massive 3.3 kilo greenback tailor.


The postponed Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th game tournament was run and won last Saturday from Port Hacking.

Final results show champion junior angler Tag and Release division going to Christian Langlaver on 6900 points, champion senior male T/R to Rob Howitt with 3125 points and Rob also had most sharks T/R.

Champion boat T/R went to Botany Bay game boat Sniper with 6900 points. 

There were some big tiger sharks lost to team Undertaker, Murphys Lore and Tantrum and some of the many striped marlin that were hooked on lures were just too hard too stay attached to but the numbers of these billfish were most welcome.

Central Zone boat Murryfin tagged a nice blue marlin they estimated around 150 kilos.

Wollongong game fishing club would like to thank all the event sponsors with a special thanks to All Source Aluminum at Unanderra for helping make this event possible.

Also a HUGE thank you to David Joyce and the committee and members of Port Hacking game fishing club with the rescheduling of the weather postponed tournament and for the use of the awesome first class facilities at Port Hacking Royal Motor Yacht Club and their respective management and committee.

Finally wishes to convey their appreciation and thanks to all the boats that participated and they look forward to doing it all again in 2019 when you all re enter

Fresh details are now up on the club website at www.wollongonggfc.com.au and also their Facebook page. 


Shellharbour game fishing club next general club meeting is scheduled for November 30th at Warilla Bowling Club.



Reminder that the Snowy Mountains Trout festive starts this week end details at www.troutfestival.com.au


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported that Wollongong GFC finally got some favourable weather for their rescheduled tournament with some nice conditions last Saturday, there were plenty of big tiger sharks about with quite a few boats hooking up on 10kg tackle.

Local boat Murphy’s Lore fought an estimated 250-300 kilogram tiger shark for 5 hours before the shark won the battle on the trace boat side.

Many boats reported plenty of striped marlin out on the shelf with many hooking up on lures and even more seen free jumping - a promising sign for the upcoming summer season including reports of some good sized yellow fin and dolphin fish as well.

Closer to home there were again plenty of good snapper about the 50 metre depth line and beyond with a couple of Sydney boats getting some impressive bags of fish to 5 kilos.

Reports suggested that the bait is pretty thick out there at present and there are plenty of hungry schools of fish sitting below them.

Amongst the reds there were plenty of pigfish and blue mowies as well as an early run of sampson fish and plenty of rat kings about.

The bigger kingies have been playing hard to get of late but many customers reporting sounding them up in good numbers on the deeper reefs but just could not get them to bite whereas on the shallower reefs, they had been feeding quite aggressively but stopping them in the shallow water is proved quite difficult with many rubbing through leaders on the shallow reefs.

Beaches have continued to fish well with plenty of whiting and bream as well as some solid flathead but with the big tides of the last week, quite a few customers were spinning plastics and hard bodied lures for bream and flathead with quite good success for this time of the year with some great sized bream and tarwhine pouncing on the slow rolled lures.

There have been reports of quite a few soapy jewfish about mainly being caught on plastics and lures but our run of big fish still seems to be MIA at the moment.


Photo 1 – Aaron Vekar with a nice plastic jigged snapper

Photo 2 – Brock Evans with another iconic Australian Bass just before release

Photo 3 – Pat Murphy found the Lake flatties were quite hungry last week

Aaron Vekar snap 3.5k jig resized


Brock Evans bass resized

Pat Murphy lake flats resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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