Reel Deal: Recreation area closed for maintenance

Excellent fish: Sonny Stephens with a solid snapper from further up the coast. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB)

Excellent fish: Sonny Stephens with a solid snapper from further up the coast. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB)

NSW Water and Land Management have advised the Shoalhaven River’s Bendeela Recreational Area will close from Monday, September 4 until Friday, September 9 to undertake essential maintenance work in preparation for the upcoming holiday period.

Proposed works include drainage improvement within the canoe portage areas and significant privet control and revegetation works.

Signs and barriers will be in place to ensure there is no public access to the site during this time with inquiries to be directed to Jacob Adams on 02 4886 9412.

Members of Balgownie Hotel FC braved the cold conditions for their August monthly weigh-in last weekend and diehard Ken (Killer) Carden tabled a pair of flatties that were 1.4 kilo each. His deckie Geoff Dryland had nine lizards for a bag weight of 4.6 kilograms, with Killer taking out mystery weight. Paul Hansen and Freddie Tagg watched a brilliant sunrise from Bellambi Beach but unfortunately the cold was too much and they came home empty handed. Grant Bonner was in the Vincentia area and bagged a 5.4k blue groper.

Rod Brown followed Killer to his spot and came home with a 3.4 kilo snapper and 5 flatties for 2.4 kilo total and Rob Nicholas and brother Craig went off Towradgi for flatties, the biggest 900g. Rob won barrel draw. David Walton won the Junior award.

Freshwater anglers are reminded whilst the bass and estuary perch season opens from today, the targeting of all cod species including Murray, Mary River and others, is now closed until December 1 to allow their uninterrupted breeding cycle.

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