Weekly Reports

NSW DPI Fisheries Officers recently apprehended two men on a rock platform near Kitten Bay at Kioloa, on the NSW south coast who were in possession of eight prohibited size abalone.

The men admitted to taking the abalone, shucking them and eating the meat whilst on the rock platform and they were subsequently issued with fines totalling $1900 for shucking/possessing shucked abalone, possessing undersize fish, possessing more than possession limit and not paying the recreational fishing fee.

All fishers are reminded that blacklip abalone has a minimum size limit of 11.7cm with a bag limit of two per person per day and abalone are not to be shucked in, on or adjacent to waters unless approved by the Department.

Check out the recreational fishing rules online at the DPI Fisheries' website or download the free FishSmart NSW app from Google Play or the App Store.

If you suspect illegal fishing activity you can report it by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043 536, online on the NSW DPI Fisheries website.

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The postponed Wollongong Game Fishing Club’s 27th annual game tournament was postponed again owing to bad weather but has been re scheduled and will now be held on Saturday October 22nd based at Port Hacking.

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

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Kiama game boat Absolute recently took out another Queensland tournament and winning champion boat for Peter & Sheridan Yates plus their boys who won the junior divisions.

Absolute have plans to defend their Lizard Island tournament win last year and another local boat ProFishEnt may also make the trip north.

Locally, club members have been quiet owing to the heavy seas and rail squalls and this recent black nor’easter has seen a lot of boat and tackle maintenance.

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NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers newsletter shows DPI/Fisheries 2017-18 freshwater fish stocking season coming to a close with approximately five million fish stocked into NSW waters in recent months to maintain and enhance the state’s inland recreational fisheries. 

DPI Senior Fisheries Manager Cameron Westaway said NSW is home to world-class recreational fisheries, which is a direct benefit from the NSW Government’s freshwater fish stocking program.
 
Anglers interested in the data can access an interactive map on the DPI website, which allows users to learn what species have been stocked across all sites in NSW. 
 
As one fish stocking season is completed, another begins, with DPI releasing the 2018-19 Draft Native Fish Stocking Plan for Impoundments and commencing trout production at the Gaden and Dutton Trout hatcheries well under way.


Production of native fish at the DPI Narrandera and Port Stephens Fisheries is supported by funds from the Recreational Fishing Trust.

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Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said again that unfortunately the weather was against us last week and weekend so very little to report.

With all the rain over the last two weeks, all minds have been on bass fishing, with the start of the season being really dry with little flow in most of the well-known creeks and rivers, it wasn’t looking like we would get a good season.

That has now been turned on its head with nearly 300mm falling across the Illawarra, the creeks and rivers are looking really healthy compared to a month ago.

There have been some nice fish caught and released already and with more flow we should start seeing some really good fishing over the next month and this weekend is looking really good for a shot at our Aussie natives.

With some warm days ahead, we should see some great fish being pulled on top water surface lures for a quick pic and then returned.

A few took on last Saturdays morning weather and were not disappointed with plenty of good pan sized snapper about the inshore reefs as well as some big drummer and groper.

One boat getting a bag limit of groper on three crabs in the space of five minutes.

With all the recent rain and swell and only if the weather holds for the weekend, we should see a red hot bite for just about every species imaginable on the inshore reefs with all the creeks bursting open.

The rocks again produced some great bread and butter fishing with more drummer than you could poke a stick at and with them, there were big schools of bream and trevally as well as luderick, with weed being scarce, the imitation weed flies came into their own and in a few spots again out fished the real stuff.

Beaches should fire once the weather abates and already many anglers are making plans to soak some baits on the hunt for a big jewie hopefully sitting in close on the beaches gorging on the bait that has been washed out of nearly every creek on the coast.

Photo 1 – Grant Evans with his 615mm farmed barramundi

Photo 2 – Sandi Goodson with a nice murray cod just before release

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AUSTRALIAN'S love fishing

Get off the lounge, visit your local tackle shop, buy some gear, bait etc

and GO FISHING.

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Gary Wade

 

Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529

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