Weekly Reports

The recent cold winter temps and windy conditions, do not stop the fish from biting as around the rocks, groper, drummer and bream feed right at your feet.

There has been some thumpers caught around the southern rock ledges this past week by guys using crabs, cunjii and prawn baits – but don’t forget the skinny burley trail to attract and keep them interested.

Quite a few nice sized snapper have come in from the more inshore reefs but crews have had to keep on the move as the dreaded barracouta have been quite voracious on baits and gear.

Tailor have been hanging about washes of most headlands with some good fish to a kilo being taken off Bass Point with early morning and late arvo session far better than in the middle of the day.

Salmon have been about with fish up to 3kg caught off most beaches and they have been a little bigger further south and both the salmon and tailor always enjoy a neatly rigged ganged pillie.


Members of Ocean Beach Hotel FC will be holding a monster raffle tonight at the Ocean Beach pub in Shellharbour Village from 6pm until 7pm with the drawn to commence straight away.

All proceeds will go towards helping farmers with drought relief and on offer, will be a swag of $50 meat trays plus a few mystery prizes from the hotel itself and other supporters.

Get along and support this, as those on the land need our strong support.

Perhaps some of the other fishing clubs in the Illawarra might consider doing something similar.


Joel Jarvis hooked into something big off a local beach last Sunday night but he knew it wasn’t the big mulloway that he was hoping for, but he persisted as he wanted to see what he had hooked.

After a short fight he had an approx. 150cm seven gill shark on the beach and after a few happy snaps, it was sent on its way.


Yet another yellowtail kingfish originally tagged in South Australia has been caught in NSW, this time off Forster, by keen spear fisherman Eli Eastley.

Eli speared the 23kg kingfish on 26 November 2017 and noticed the yellow DPI tag once the fish was subdued.

The kingie was originally released just over a year earlier (371 days) in the Outlet Channel of Port Augusta by Todd Marshall fishing aboard Silver Lining.

Todd quickly measured the fish at 136cm and sling weighed it at 19.3 kilograms and placed a research tag in its shoulder kg before letting it go in.

During its time at liberty the kingfish swam a whopping 747 nautical miles straight line distance from where it was released.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal commented on the results of the Dave Irvine Memorial snapper comp that was held on the weekend up at Coffs Harbour.

There were plenty of good fish about for the crews that took part and a very strong contingent of Illawarra locals headed up to take part also and were not disappointed with the size of the fish on offer off the reefs around that area.

Winners are grinners and 3 local Wollongong guns took out the tournament - Dom Cassorato, Andrew Burke and Steven McCarthy all tabled reds over 90cm.

Andrew’s biggest reddie at a whopping 96.5cm took out the prestigious largest snapper award - great work and well deserved for their efforts.

Logan Wilson, Michael Wearing and Michael Felgate also headed up to tackle the big reds in the tournament and also were not disappointed with all 3 of them catching fish into the 80 to 90cm mark as well.

Back home and yet another windy week of westerlies battered the Illawarra coast with not much fishing done as the prevailing flat seas and crystal clear water, made it for very tough conditions.

Last weekend, there was a small weather window before the winds got up and a surprising number of boats headed out but stayed close onshore and were back within a couple of hours and needless most were crews from local fishing clubs on their monthly comp weekend.

There were a few good snapper caught very early Saturday morning in the shallow reefs before sunrise but the bite window was very short.

The deeper reefs were really not an option over the weekend with forecast gale force westerlies keeping everyone relatively close to shore as this time of year those winds can go from zero to 100 knots in less than an hour and makes for an unpleasant if not hazardous trip back to the ramp.

The rocks continued to fish well over the weekend with plenty of horse drummer on offer and in amongst the pigs, there were solid bream and a few trevors right in the wash or ‘gentle suds’ with those strong winds.


Photo 1 – Bahri Ozmen scored well on a trip out from Kiama with these choice snapper.

Photo 2 – Petite Lily Westcott struggles to hold her recent capture of a 46cm golden perch

Photo 3 – Mark Pascot with a solid spanish mackeral from a trip to Karrathra WA

Bahri Ozmen snap resized

Lily Westcott 46cm yella resized

Mark Pascot spanish resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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