Weekly Reports

This Sunday will see the running of the Lake Illawarra Flathead Classic with headquarters and barby set up on the grassed area near Windang boat ramp.

A long list of prizes from sponsors, Ocean Storm Tackle, has been spread across a number of sections for adult and junior divisions and has been loaded towards catch and release.

Hosted by Wollongong Sportfishing Club, entries can be made right up until Saturday arvo close at Ocean Storm and fishing commences from 6am Sunday till noon with presentation from 1pm.

Details are available at the Ocean Storm Tackle store at Warilla - telephone 0242 969 222.           


Berkeley Hotel AFC held their monthly comp last Sunday and the junior biggest catchand largest fish went to Kynan Penfold with sibling Ankh Penfold as runner up.

Ladies big fish and largest bag went to Natasha Tonkin with Brigette Fryer not far behind.

Men’s division saw Peter Jones take out biggest fish, biggest bag weight was Ricky Galvin with runner up going to Kim Penfold.


Hayden from Compleat Angler Windang reckoned the recent fishing has been just like the weather,  red hot.

First up don’t forget Compleat Angler Illawarra’s $5000 fishing challenge and the target species for January are whiting and flathead.

The lake has gone into overdrive with this recent hot weather and there is a wide list of species all on the bite and plastics or live poddy mullet have been working very well for good sized flatties and around the drop off or main channel and even up the back Lake, it didn’t seem to matter as guys all found fish.

Whiting have been populating the sand flats and main channel around the road bridge and were suckers for tube worms and beach worms but if you care for some knee high wading, try orange or yellow tinged pencils or mini popper and work those same flats, trust me you’ll have a ball but please keep the squealing and yahoos down to a reasonable level.

Offshore, the warm water has pushed in closer and has bought big mahi mahi to the FADS and anything else you might come across while trolling.

Lester Pearson caught a stonker bull dolly of 10 kilo around midday off Shellharbour.

Marlin are about and the key is to find bait and the marlin will find your livie and they have been sighted and caught anywhere from 50 fathoms right out past the shelf.

Rock fisho’s are rejoicing as bonito have finally turned up and coconut rigs, ganged pillies or if metal spinners is your thing, shiny or chromed plated  metals around 60 mm long seemed to be work the best especially the early morning run up tide.


Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said the excellent run of weather and fishing continued again this week with warm water, heaps of bait and any number of fish species to target.

Off shore the marlin and dolphin fish continued to thicken with the fads holding plenty of legal sized dollies but also heaps of rat sized kingfish.

The bigger bull and cow dollies have been a bit cagey but they are there, you just need to work out a pattern to get them to bite maybe livies in the vicinity of the fads and drift around and the biggest dollies to come off the Wollongong fads so far, have been between the 12kg and 15kg range with a couple of bigger bulls coming from the south Sydney fads.

Bandit Trap and Wollongong are holding some good numbers of small stripes and black marlin if you can get your livies past the hoards of seals around at the moment.

Snapper have been a little bit quiet this week but there are still some good fish about with some cracking fish coming from some quite deep water of 90-100 metres depth but inshore there has been plenty of tasty pan sized fish landed.

As happens every year the local harbours and bays are alive with small frigate mackerel and bonito chasing the hoards of whitebait that are present at the moment.

These are great fun for the kids on school holidays and are a visual feast for the eyes as they zoom into the local harbours devouring everything if their wake.

To catch these speed freaks all you need is a lightly weighted soft plastic or small metal slug to imitate a whitebait, wait for the schools to speed into view and cast in front of them and hang on.

Bellambi, Wollongong and Port harbours were thick as earlier in the week and are a sight to behold to even a non fisho.

Beaches again continue to fish well for bream and whiting with the odd big flathead thrown in the mix and mulloway are about but more on the smallish size but still great fun to target.


Photo 1 –  Lucas Quinn at 6 years old fished Minnamurra River last week for this bream

Photo 2 – Steve Lamond with a coral trout from a trip to Swains Reef.

Photo 3 –  Ted Farrugia with a nice Lake flatty.

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steve lammond ctrout resized

Ted Farrigua lake resized

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Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

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