Weekly Reports

There is a couple of very interesting events coming up for the fly fishing fraternity either by competing or being a spectator.

The Tumut River has had a lot of exposure of late and has been selected to host both the Australian Titles and the NSW round of the Fly Fishing Championships.

The NSW & ACT state round comp will be held over weekend April 13/14th and then the National Championships titles will be on May 22/25th.

The river will still be open to everyone during this time, though some common courtesy is recommended for the competitors and some suggestions that just sit back and watch how these guys ‘master’ their casts and techniques.

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


Members of Ocean Beach Hotel and Warilla Hotel fishing clubs will compete this weekend in their friendly inter – pub fishing comp.

On Sunday the 1pm weighin will be at Ocean Beach Hotel at Shellharbour Village so pop over, have a light beer and watch the weigh-in and hear the usual banter .


Mark from Kiama Game FC reported on the very successful game tournament the held on the weekend sponsored by Yatcon Civil and numerous other valued sponsors.

Mick Bailey fishing on Doghouse scooped the pool by taking out heaviest marlin with his 228.4 kilo beast plus second heaviest 160.5kg to Tristan Davis, winning them $15,000 in cash plus Simrad electronics gear.

Champion Boat went to Rare Breed skippered by Steve Lamond that scored a 130 kilo blue billy for Carol Goodger who took out champion lady angler capture.

Heaviest shark went to Mark Lloyd fishng on Outcast with his 174 kilo mako on 15k kilo line class and heaviest tuna was a stunning yellowfin of 72.5 kilos for Mathew Britton.

Junior champion was a well-deserved young Taj Newcombe who toughed out the hard yards to win out with a sensational yellowfin of 63kg on 15 kilo tackle - certainly a great capture for this young gun!

The timing of the tournament could not have been better according to club preso, Mark Way, as the currents subsided, water temp breaks were everywhere and the marlin and the magical big barrelled yellowfin tuna all came out to play.

Mark went on to say the abundance of big yellowfin tuna was amazing with many fish over 50 kilos and was undoubtedly the best fishing seen off Kiama for many years.

A great result for all concerned and he thanks go to the sponsors especially Yatcon Civil, Simrad Electronics, Yates Law, Dowling Plumbing, Gates Haulage and the list continues and not forgetting those club members who worked behind the scenes.

For more information, please contact Mark Way Tournament Director on 0427377865 or go to www.kiamagfc.com.au


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said many anglers rejoiced that the weather and the fish both turned it on last weekend especially for the Kiama Game Club Blowhole Big Fish Classic.

A full report on the Tournament is elsewhere but the 47 boats that entered including 161 anglers, all came away with game fishing fever with some excellent fish being captured and tagged and released over the 2 days of fishing.

The number of marlin hooked, fought, captured and tagged, just highlights how good the game fish fishery can be off our Illawarra coastline.

We just needed the weather gods to be nice to us and the fish to be hungry and keen enough to play ball.

While the billfish were the target, many excellent yellowfin tuna turned up with a couple over the 70 kilo mark – something that hasn’t been seen or heard of for many a season.

More inshore and over the shallower reefs, it seemed the snapper have started to show up in bigger size and better numbers than expected.

Some excellent fish hit the cleaning tables also over the weekend and earlier this week with a couple pushing 3 to 4 kilos.

The 40 meter depth line was the more productive zone now the current has settled and allowed jigs, baits and plastics to be worked successfully to entice the bites.

A couple of local fishos recounted a pair of big reds took them to the cleaners and busted them off on the bottom like they have never had before.

Plastics did the damage over the weekend for a lot of the fishos but with many reporting hooking quite a few cuttlies off the bottom ensuring the fresh baits will come in to play over the next couple of months.

Flathead drifts fished well but the tackle stealing leatherjackets are back in plague proportions in some areas.

The further north, the worse they got, was the reports that came back into the shop but patience and a few moves saw most anglers return with a healthy feed of fish.

Not much to report from the beaches as the weather was just too good.


Photo 1 – Billy Lee with his 17.5 kilo mulloway caught on 6kg line after 45 minute tussle.

Photo 2 – Danielle Pritchard with a nice Snowy Mtns trout. 

Photo 3 – Yellowfin Tuna 68.5 on 15kg - Taj Newcombe from last weekend Kiama game comp.

Billy Lee pb 17 on 6kg basin jew resized

Danielle Pritchard t resized

Taj Newcombe 68.5kgs on 15kg x resized



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Gary Wade


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