Weekly Reports

Early notice for your diaries is to pencil in 3rd to 7th August for the Yamaha Sydney Boat show to be held at Darling Harbour and surrounds.

Full details at www.sydneyboatshow.com.au where you can also buy online tickets.


Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal reported the cool weather and westerly winds certainly put a big downer on the fishing effort this past week.

A few diehards put in last weekend to chase snapper but unfortunately found the barracouta in near plague numbers.

Continually moving spots only allowed a few plastic jig drops before the couta took their toll on the gear, but the reds were there but only pan sized to around the single kilo mark.

The beaches have fished quite well with a fair number of mulloway being captured, tagged and released to assist DPI/Fisheries with their tagging and mulloway movement scientific study that is in full swing.

A great result for the time and efforts some guys have been putting in despite the chilly cold nights.


The month of August for Shellharbour Game FC is looming to be an exceptional busy time, with membership renewals now due and on August 5th sees their Presentation night to be held at Warilla Bowling Club.

Then the Mako Master’s Tournament to be held on weekend August 19/20th - members must be financial prior to weighing any fish to be eligible.

Details and other club information at www.shellharbourgamefishing.com.au


Last Sunday saw the weigh in for the July monthly comp for Berkeley Hotel FC and although not a big event, it certainly put the ensuing comp year off to a solid start.

Ladies BRE division saw Brigitte Fryer take out the 2 sections of biggest catch and biggest fish with a mix of flatties and bream.

Men’s BRE saw Kim Penfold win with both biggest catch and biggest fish with flathead.

Men’s Deep Sea biggest catch and biggest fish went to Mick Honan with mowies, john dory and 10 nice flatties.

Juniors BRE biggest catch and biggest fish section went to Kynan Penfold with flathead.


NSW DPI/Fisheries recent media release said a yellowtail kingfish caught by Ron Taylforth on 1 October 2015 has recently been reported as recaptured…for the third time.

This brings the number of times that this fish has been caught to four, all in the space of 612 days.

It was first tagged in October 2015 at roughly 70cm length and was last caught off Jervis Bay on 4th June 2017 at 100cm.

Details are - released and tagged Port Hacking 01/10/2015 at 70cm, recaptured/ released Port Hacking 15/11/2015 ~ 70cm, recaptured/ released Port Hacking 15/12/2016 95.5cm 

612 days at liberty overall and travelled 105 kilometres.


DPI/Fisheries advised a husband and wife pair from Dulwich Hill were apprehended by NSW Fisheries Officers on Parramatta River for being in possession of 2313 shellfish and taking shellfish from waters protected from recreational fishing.

The couple were found guilty for both offences at Burwood District Court and ordered to pay $6330 in total.

Anglers are reminded Sydney Harbour is closed to the taking of all shellfish.

Anyone wishing to collect invertebrates is reminded that they must ensure that they are hand gathering in an area that is open to collecting, pay the recreational fishing fee unless exempt and adhere to strict bag and size limits.

Collectors should also be aware that dioxins are present in Sydney Harbour and may pose a health risk if shellfish are illegally harvested and consumed.

For more advice on recreational fishing in Sydney Harbour and the dioxin contamination go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/fishing-skil…/fishing-in-sydney-harbour


In an another incident, a 54 year old father and his 30 year old son were apprehended in possession of 33 undersize fish after being inspected at the Kyeemagh boat ramp on the Cooks River, after fishing in Botany Bay.

NSW DPI Fisheries officers inspected an esky on the family's boat and found 21 silver trevally, 11 snapper and 1 Bream, all of which were undersize then a search of the boat located a dry cast net also being found on board.

Cast nets are illegal to use or possess in, on or adjacent to any NSW waters.

The cast net and all 33 undersize fish were seized and retained as evidence and the men were issued fines for a number of offences.

Fishers are reminded to ensure that any fishing gear they possess or use is lawful in NSW and that they should be aware of size and possession limits for any species of fish they catch.

For information on current bag and size limits and legal fishing gear visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fish…/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs or download the free FishSmart NSW app from Google Play at: http://bit.ly/2hO7jLZ or the iTunes App Store at https://appsto.re/au/FY3gbb.i

If you suspect illegal fishing activity report it by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043536 or report it online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/compliance/report-illegal-activity.


Photo 1 – Barbara Murphy and Ted Farrigua with a nice feed of Lake Illawarra flatties.

Photo 2 – Moe Vella with a very nice eating tusk fish

Photo 3 – Brett Byrne with a nice Kiama snapper of around 4.5 kilo

Barb Murphy and Ted Farrugia Lake50ish resized

Snapper 4.5kg Brett Byrne fishing on Seaker off Kiama April 2017 resized

Moet Vella Noosa resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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