Large swells bring danger

Yoshi Ellis shows off his north coast bass while river fishing. Email photos with your recent catch to Gary at garywade@tpg.com.au

Yoshi Ellis shows off his north coast bass while river fishing. Email photos with your recent catch to Gary at garywade@tpg.com.au

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal said last weekend’s big swell, especially on Saturday, made it extremely difficult if not dangerous, for crews to launch and retrieve their boats on the ramp owing to the amount of sand build up at present.

Many boats opted to head to Port Kembla to avoid the current ramp conditions.

Tidal information from Bureau of Meteorology

Tidal information from Bureau of Meteorology

It was reported  one boat ended up on the rocks near the old ramp, after misjudging the swell as they entered the harbour, the third mishap since the new year.

It could be only a matter of time when, and not if, someone gets seriously hurt or damages their boat due these current conditions and perhaps the powers to be, should do a site visit to assess.

The fishing wasn’t as good as expected Saturday, but in saying that there were plenty of pan sized snapper on offer on the shallow reefs.

A few boats headed wide on the hunt for a blue marlin but zero reports of hook-ups, however a sizable black was spotted in 600 fathoms and appeared very lost.

There were some solid dolphin fish well over the magic metre length sighted on the Wollongong fad over the weekend but live baits were few and far between and most other methods failed to entice a bite.

With the swell battering the coastline thoughts went to chasing the humble luderick in the sheltered southern bays and Bellambi ramp, Wollongong and Port harbours held some excellent fish late last week and this week.

Weed has been a little scarce to say the least of late but those in the know found enough to secure a feed.

Terry Jones got amongst some solid blackfish on Friday at Bellambi ramp, getting his bag in a short amount of time with a couple of very solid bronzies in his mix.

Fishos are resorting to the artificial green weed flies and are reporting huge success on the simulated weed.

It seems the old and new to the sport of luderick fishing are having as much success on the artificial stuff as they are the freshest of weed.

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