Weekly Reports

Culburra Beach Amateur fishing club are hosting a family oriented fishing comp over the weekend 5/6th January.

It will be a 2 stage event with first comp from midnight Friday until weigh-in from 11am Saturday and second stage will see a final weigh-in on Sunday, also from 11am.

There will be bag limits apply for both days for the 8 nominated species and the 3 sections will be sub juniors under 12 years, juniors under 18 years and seniors over 18 years.

Entrants will be competing for $5,000 plus value over 72 prizes that all have been donated by local businesses and supported by Culburra Beach Bowling Club.

Entries open at 11am Wednesday January 2nd where there will be fishing club members in attendance at the clubs foyer - further enquiries to Jim on 0410 078 868.


Botany Bay Game fishing club will host their annual Bill Heyward tournament on weekend January 19/20th from Sylvania Marina and St George Motor Boat Club.

Go to club’s Facebook page for more details.


Another couple of events to remember - January 13th for the Ocean Storm/Wollongong Sportfishing club – Lake Illawarra Flathead classic.

January 19th for the Kiama Game fishing clubs Annual kid’s competition down in Kiama Harbour.

Go to respective Facebook pages for more details.


Ulladulla Game Fishing Club will hold their 81st annual Jess Sams game fishing tournament over the weekend 1/2/3rd February.

The club has attracted a major sponsor Hisway – earthworks and construction company http://www.hisway.com.au/ and a massive array of prizes and section awards from many local businesses totalling $60,000.

You don't even need to catch a fish to be a winner as over $20,000 in prizes are flagged to be given away at the Saturday night tournament dinner.

Full details shortly on their Facebook page or website at http://www.ulladullagamefishing.info/


DPI /Fisheries have advised the Narooma FAD (29) has shifted approximately 4km south of its original location and is currently at 36.15.437 south and 150.17.900 east.

The co-ordinates of all the deployed FADs are available at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-aggregating-devices

While on the site, suss out details of the photo competition involving your captures near the FADs.


Local beaches from both ends of the Illawarra have already proven quite popular with locals and holiday makers alike.

The morning and dusk sessions has seen more than a few, monster salmon patrolling the beaches behind and in front of the shore breaks.

In the same mix has been plenty of good sized tailor and small metal slugs and or ganged pillies are the best bait for these fun fish to catch.

Don’t overlook casting 100mm plastics into the same surf beaks as there just could be a big flatty looking for an easy meal.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal hoped everyone had a safe and Merry Fishmas and got spoilt with all their favourite fishing gear.

The hunt is now on for marlin with quite a few fish turning up out wide as well as some big dollies and with the bait stacked up on all the inshore reefs, it won’t be long until the first run of billfish turn up.

Out wider there have been both blues and striped Billies caught where hopefully, it will soon be the small blacks that turn up on the closer reefs.

A little further north there has been a front of 25 degree water that is pushing south and with this week’s nor’easters, look out for some early action on these guys as reports say the blacks will be mean and keen and ready to tango.

There are still plenty of great snapper, mowies, pigfish and trevally holding the bottom on our reefs such as Wollongong and Bandit and the trick is to fish underneath the prolific bait balls that are very prevalent.

Reds to 5 kilo have been caught this week and weekend and with a great run of Xmas weather, we should see plenty more.

Flathead drifts continue to fire even though the persistent jackets and couta have returned in a few spots and the better fish have come again from the 30m to 40m depth line and the best bite has definitely been up off the National Park.

There have been plenty of rat kings move in around the Port islands and Bellambi but the divers keep telling reporting there are plenty of big hoods mixed in with the little ones so if you can downrigger under the smaller ones, there should be plenty of good sized thumpers around to stretch your arms.

Beaches are continuing to fish well for all the bread and butter species especially the whiting and bream on live beach worms if you are adapt at catching them.

There has been plenty of flathead sitting in the gutters close to shore also so it’s well worth having a stroll along the beach flicking plastics in the gutters.

Photo 1 – Bobby Ozman found the snapper hot spot again.

Photo 2 – Tiny Noah Blundell with his first ever fish – a carp.

Photo 3 – Ryder Evans fished Lake Illawarra for this 79cm flatty that he released.

Bobby Ozman snapps Pk resized

Noah Blundell carp resized


rdyer Evanssss 79 lake resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529


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