Weekly Reports

March monthly comp weighin for Balgownie Hotel FC was an excellent turnout of members following last month’s wash-out.

Grant Bonner had plenty of fish for the family for days to come, starting with a 3.85k snapper, 10 smaller snapper to have a bag weight of 6.1 kilos and 5 tailor to 3 kilos, a few wrasse that saw him easily take out highest points and mystery fish sections.

Rod Kent fished off Austinmere for 3 flatties, 6 snapper and a nice 1.4 kilo tailor and Daniel Dawson snuck off to his favourite spot at Bass Point for 20 bream that totaled 9 kilos and won himself the BRE section.

Jared O’Hara also joined him at Bassy for 13 bream weighing 4.1 kilos and Fred Tagg and Paul Hansen ventured out off Bellambi Harbour for bonito the heaviest at 1.5 kilos plus a few flatties and wrasse and Paul won barrel draw.

Geoff Dryland and Killer Carden each had 10 flatties to a kilo and junior award went to Marley O’Hara.        


Members of Ocean Beach Hotel FC and Warilla Hotel FC did friendly battle last weekend in their annual inter-pub competition.

Sundays weigh-in was a see-saw affair with Ocean Beach eventually pippin’ Warilla by just 226 points and allowing the Ocean Beach crew to rack up a third consecutive win.

A sensational friendly comp with great comradre and a bit of sledging from both sides.


Berkeley Hotel AFC last comp was down on numbers and junior BRE biggest catch went to Kynan Penfold as well as biggest fish with his 540 gram flatty and runner up was Ankh Penfold also with a flathead.

Ladies BRE Biggest Catch went to Brigitte Fryer with flathead and whiting, Biggest Fish went to Natasha Tonkin with her 500 gram flatty and she also weighed bream and claimed runner up.

Men’s BRE biggest catch went to Ricky Galvin weighing in bream, snapper, whiting and flathead and he also had largest fish with Tyler Penfold, runner up.

Men’s deep sea biggest catch went to Mick Honan with a mixed bag of morwong and flathead with his 1.6 kilo flatty taking out biggest fish.

Next comp will be held over weekend April 7/8/9.


Mark from Kiama Game wishes to remind interested anglers of their 2017 Blowhole Game Tournament that will be held out of Kiama harbour over the 1st/2nd April weekend.

Late entries need to be discussed with Club Committee with tournament details,  sponsors and prize list categories at  www.kiamagfc.com.au.


On the following weekend, April 8/9th is the Sydney Game Fishing Club’s Little Audrey 65th Annual Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament.

Based out of Watson’s Bay, entry forms are available from their website at www.sgfc.com.au.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait & Tackle at Corrimal said it was a very welcome return to some good weather last weekend although the forecast for this weekend looks wet n not very conducive to fishing.

Many of the bigger trailer boats headed wide in the hunt for some action chasing blue marlin and hopefully big dollies that were reported being around and the crew found the blues up and down the coast ranging from just under 100 kilos to just shy of the 200kg mark.

Many local game boats headed south to compete in the Shoalhaven game fishing clubs tournament and there were some sensational captures recorded.

Highlight was undoubtly the massive tiger shark of  a sensational 583 kilograms (well over the old 1,000 pounds) that was weighed in on Saturday morning after a long battle on 15kg tackle.

The crew hooked the big bitey at 3pm on Friday afternoon and fought it into the night to finally secure it alongside at 1am and then they made the arduous night trip back to the gantry around 7.30am.

There were also some nice blue marlin presented with the biggest pulling the scales down at 180 kilos and there were also heaps of big dollies about with Tristan Williams and Mark Dandy and crew boating a very healthy (and tasty) bull of about 16kgs in a somewhat consolation  capture after dropping 2 solid blue marlin earlier in the day.

Closer to home, there were a lot of good reef species targeted with snapper, mulloway, mowies and pigfish aplenty.

Grant Bonner nailed a 3.8 kilo snapper fishing one of his local marks in very shallow water and there were lots of big blue mowies coming from the deeper reefs and amongst them were some very big pig fish and solid trevally.

The flathead drifts all fired as well from Stanwell Park down to Port Kembla and although no thumpers, well over legal with most averaging between the 45-50cm mark.

Frigate mackerel were still about in numbers in the local harbours and bays as well as juvenile kings and solid sized bonnies in the mix however the beaches were quiet from the rain.


Photo 1 –  Brett Coles fished Bass Point for this 2 kilo black drummer

Photo 2 – Young Kade Hall fished Lake Illawarra to catch and release this bream

Photo 3 – Steve Barwick fished onboard Kiama Charter Boat Signa to nailed this  71 cm snapper.

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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