Weekly Reports

A recent surveillance operation by Fisheries Officers has led to the apprehension of four males for illegally harvesting 1,093 abalone at Baronda Head on the NSW South Coast.

Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully said the alleged offenders, who were apprehended on 2 April 2019, were known to Fisheries Officers and are also suspected of organised abalone trafficking.

Officers seized the illegally harvested abalone, 792 of which were of a prohibited size and all of which were shucked and the total of 1,093 shucked abalone weighed in excess of 85 kilograms would have realized a market value of $9,000.

Charges have not been laid yet, but potential offences include: trafficking in fish; possessing more than the possession limit of abalone (aggravated); possessing prohibited size abalone (aggravated); and possessing shucked abalone adjacent to water and if found guilty the alleged offenders could face significant penalties.

Anyone with information on suspected illegal fishing activity is urged to call Fishers Watch on 1800 043 536 or report illegal fishing activities online.

More information at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/compliance.


Reminder for the fly fishing fraternity of the NSW & ACT state round comp that will be held over weekend April 13/14th and then the National Championships titles will be on May 22/25th.

Venue is the Tumut River that has had a lot of exposure of late and was selected to host both the Australian Titles and the NSW round of the Fly Fishing Championships.

More details at http://flyfishaustralia.com.au/cms/


Members of Ocean Beach Hotel and Warilla Hotel fishing clubs lined up last weekend for their friendly inter – pub fishing comp.

This interpub comp format has been running for 12 years and is run under specifically tailor made rules so each club has a level playing (fishing) field.

The aim is each club chases a single NSW bag limit for 14 species and scoring is a single point per fish and then 10 points per kilo of weight or part thereof and a bonus 100 points is allocated for each species bagged out.

Ocean Beach has held the title for the past 4 years and were dead set keen to make it 5 in a row but Warilla had other ideas.

As the weigh in progressed a lot of ooohs and ahhs rumbled thru the gatherings when Dan Gamble tabled his 47 kilo yellowfin tuna and the Shellharbour crew started to look worried.

Final results saw Ocean Beach scoring 2427.90 points but Warilla had 3006.40 and took the cup and bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Another sensational friendly comp, plenty of banter and sledging and both clubs are to be congratulated on their efforts in actually both capturing the designated species and full bag limits.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said yet another awesome autumn weekend has been and gone and it looks like it’s just getting better for this Easter Long Weekend.

Offshore there was another excellent weather and fishy couple of days that had plenty of tuna and big blue marlin taken in the Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament held by Sydney Game Fishing Club.

The biggest blue marlin for the Tournament was a magnificent 288 kilograms caught by Port Hacking boat Rabbit which again took out the first place prize of $50,000 so congrats go to all on board.

Shellharbour boat Rare Breed was back out there again last weekend chasing the run of yellowfin that have been around and it wasn’t long until Amanda Lamond was onto a line burning fish of 61 kilos and now a pending junior record on 15kg line class – excellent capture young lady.

There was a good return to the snapper fishing over the weekend with some solid reds gracing the cleaning tables that came from very shallow reefs.

Tony Felgate got his PB for the year with a very impressive 75cm fish before losing what could only be called a monster red the very next cast after it took him to the cleaners on the rocky bottom and cutting through the leader.

The better fish were all taken on soft plastics and the deeper reefs were still holding good numbers of fish although the size is a bit smaller than usual.

There have still been the odd good kingie about and as we see the water start to cool, we generally get a run of the bigger fish also at this time so it is worth a shot for them.

Flathead fishos are still getting good bags but losing a fair bit of gear on the deeper drifts to the tackle stealing jackets and green toads, but there are still good fish to be had if you have the patience and are prepared to move a few times.

Luke and Rebecca wishes everyone a safe and happy Easter break and they will be open from 5am over the weekend.


Photo 1 – Dan Gamble from Mt Warrigal travelled to the Alpine Lakes for this rainbow trout.

Photo 2 – Warilla’s Joe de Soto with a solid kingfish

Photo 3 – Petite.. Willow Bloch is ecstatic with her European carp capture.

Daniel Gamble rt resized

Joe De Soto resized

Willow Bolch resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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