Reel Deal: Big swell causes problems

Dinner time: Siblings Barbara and Pat Murphy with some very tasty Lake Illawarra flathead from last weekend. The weather is looking good for fishing this weekend.

Dinner time: Siblings Barbara and Pat Murphy with some very tasty Lake Illawarra flathead from last weekend. The weather is looking good for fishing this weekend.

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said although the wind was again favourable for last weekend, the prevailing swell had people double guessing themselves whether to put in or wait and see.

Quite a few reports that came into the shop of far too many boats forced to take the safer option of launching out of the more sheltered Port Kembla harbour than dealing with the surge that was occurring at Bellambi ramp.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

As summer sets in, boat crews need to be wary of the Bellambi ramp which on any given day can be quite challenging and dangerous for the novice boater especially in a nor’easter.

There were quite a few that did get out over the weekend with one angler fishing a mark off Austinmer.

He said the swell built throughout the morning and at times in the trough, he lost sight of Kennedys Hill.

There were  a lot of pan sized snapper caught between the 1-2kg mark but with the swell the way it was not many ventured wide to tackle the bigger fish we have been seeing over the last couple of weeks.

Kingies were still the fish to catch at the moment with quite a few spots up and down the coast holding some excellent sized fish.

Jervis Bay was definitely the standout.

There were a few reports of flathead over the weekend but with the swell and current combining, fishing was near impossible with many unable to get down on the deeper sand drifts.

Even with that swell, the beaches and rocks fished well again for most species.

The rocks especially fished well for drummer and luderick on the northern sides of most points where the southerly swell couldn’t get to.

There have been a heap of school jewfish off the rocks and beaches with quite a few guys getting stuck into them with hard bodied lures and plastics.

There have been quite a few good fish come off the beaches as well with a couple of jew going close to the 20kg mark.

The weekend weather is looking like it should settle down. It might just be a busy one on our local boat ramps across the Illawarra.

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