Weekly Reports

Yes it is on again in January 2017 - the Lake Illawarra Flathead Classic hosted by Wollongong Sportfishing Club with full sponsorship from Ocean Storm Tackle at Warilla

While the nominated date of January 22nd is some time off, crews and families should start planning their tactics and doing some pre fishing over the next few weeks.

As in past Classics, the prizes have been tailored to place more emphasis on catch and release but there are some 10 different categories to fish and hopefully win some of the fantastic prizes on offer.

Early enquiries to Ocean Storm Fishing Tackle at Warilla – telephone 4296 9222


DPI/Fisheries advised the 2016/17 FAD program continued with Jervis Bay FAD put in place, however for the northern travelers, the Yamba one is missing.

Regular updates and exact latitude/longitude details are posted up at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-aggregating-devices

DPI researches have requested anglers who use the FADS to fish around, to complete a 1 minute anonymous survey, each and every time you catch a dolphin fish this summer.


Members of Berkeley Hotel FC held their monthly comp last weekend with 16 members presenting catches to their weighmaster.

There were whiting, flounder and tailor tabled but the humble flathead was the standout species across all sections

Junior BRE biggest bag went to Kynan Penfold and largest fish to Cooper Nicholson and in the ladies the BRE biggest bag weight was awarded to Bridgette Fryer who also had the largest flatty and runner up was Natasha Tonkin.

Even more flathead in the men’s BRE with Mick Honan scoring the largest bag weight but largest flatty went to Ricky Galvin with Craig Roberts runner up. The Club is always looking for new members so direct any enquiries to Hotel staff - 4244 0804.


Reminder for the upcoming 2016 White Sands Game Tournament and Cash Shootout to be held next weekend 25/26/27 November.

Full details from www.jervisbaygfc.com or their Facebook page.


Further reminder for those who fish in Lake Illawarra, there is currently a community survey for a Coastal Zone Management Plan being conducted that will include 2 information public forum nights to have your say.Yes this has been printed a few times already as it is this sort of survey that may determine the future of the lake and your fishing opportunities so don’t be apathetic and think someone else will do it.

You are urged if not compelled to have YOUR SAY attend one of the Community drop in sessions,  complete the community survey on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to http://haveyoursaywollongong.com.au/lake-illawarra-coastal-zone-management-plan


Marine Rescue specialists from along our South Coast will be conducting ongoing search and recovery exercises to ensure they are at peak readiness for the summer boating season.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported it was sheer pleasure on the faces of anglers last weekend to finally have a sensational weather pattern that allowed heaps to get out on the water.

Bellambi boat ramp car park was in overflow mode on Saturday and Sunday with majority of the areas fishing fraternity finally getting out on the briny for a fish after six weeks of foul weather and the best part was the fish were hungry.

Current was raging on Saturday but those who successfully got to the bottom, found the snapper waiting and again the wider reef held the better fish with 50 metre depth and beyond the starting point.

Mark Dandy had a solo run on Sunday bagging out on reds on the tide change with his fish ranging between the 1.5-2kg up to just under 4 kilos and all were taken on soft plastics.

A couple of Sydney  boats using the elkat flasher rigs in 85 metre depths, also had a good day by bagging out on snapper with a lot of fish over the 2.5kg mark, standout flasher colour was the pink.

There were some big flathead hit the tables again but with the current going hard you did need some big lead to get to the bottom but once there, plenty of good sized flatties were there for the take.

Bulli Sands and Stanwell Park were the pick up north and Wollongong and Port Sand were the pick down south.

Kings were a bit quieter last weekend with a few boats finding some just legal’s off the bommie at Bellambi and the Port islands but there were lots of undersize rats more than willing to steal baits and livies.

Northern beaches continued to fish well but only those that did not have annoying weed and kelp and there was plenty of talk about the elusive mulloway but from all accounts only a few schoolies were reported.

Plenty of bream and flathead about as well as some big whiting last week and live worms were the trick but coming in a very close second was the gotcha red devil artificial baits.


Photo 1 – Andrew Griffiths with his Port islands spangled emperor – a very unusual species for this time of year.

Photo 2 – Mitch Joliffe with a top sized locally caught snapper from not to long back

Photo 3 – Zachary Cutjar with a lake flatty from last week.


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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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