Reel Deal: Game fishos head for Wollongong

Graeme Jackson trolled Dartmouth Dam for this excellent brown trout. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal)

Graeme Jackson trolled Dartmouth Dam for this excellent brown trout. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal)

This weekend will see Wollongong Game Fishing Club host their 26th annual game fishing tournament out of Belmore Basin – Wollongong Harbour.

A pre-tournament briefing will be held from 7.30pm tonight at the Old Wollongong Courthouse adjacent to Wollongong Harbour.

Fishing times will be from 6am to 5pm Saturday and 6am to 3pm on Sunday.

The north boundary latitude is at South Sydney headland that fortunately does include Browns Mountain, down to the southern tip of Jervis Bay.

Saturday night there will be a tournament dinner held at Old Courthouse and judging by the very long prize list, the raffle will be very well supported.

More info at www.wollongonggfc.com.au

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Hayden from Compleat Angler Windang said that last weekend, Lake Illawarra kicked in to gear with some good flathead captures being reported.

Some boats managed 10 or more legal fish, either live bait or plastics it didn't matter, the fish were willing to hit almost anything.

Whiting were also hungry but were more active into the evening with live worms fished as light as possible the key.

There have been a few kidney slappers among them so it's definitely worth a try.

The swell kept most anglers away from the rocks, but once it dropped on Monday and Tuesday it was all engines go with salmon and striped tuna in close around Kiama and Bass Point.

The stir-up also fired the reds up with reports of a few boats bagging out on reds to 3kg even in middle-of-the-day sessions.

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