Reel Deal: Long weekend signals start to trout season

Shellharbour Game Fishing Club’s inaugural Mako Tournament will now be held on the weekend of October 28-29.

Your humble scribe with a personal best 42cm Australian bass caught lure casting. (Remember, contributed photos should be high res - around 1MB is fine.)

Your humble scribe with a personal best 42cm Australian bass caught lure casting. (Remember, contributed photos should be high res - around 1MB is fine.)

Updated information and fresh entry forms are available from website www.shellharbourgamefishingclub.com.au

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This weekend will see the opening of the 2017-2018 trout season across all flowing waters in NSW.

There has already been much speculation from local anglers as to whether there will be enough alpine snow melt to see a successful opener as early indications say there is currently very little river water running in the Snowy and Eucumbene rivers and not much visible snow on the foothills.

Although cold, the short sharp winter did not dump the usual amounts of snow and the winter season seemed to be very short and very dry.

Reminder to ensure your recreational fishing licence is current and to check the DPI/Fisheries website for individual local rules and regulations on the location/s you intend to fish, especially the Eucumbene size and bag limits now in force.

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs

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Three Auburn men have pleaded guilty to possessing undersize blue swimmer crabs and having more than the bag limit of crabs taken from Lake Wollumboola on the South Coast. Each man was fined $3000 and ordered to pay costs of $500.

Please report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling  1800 043 536 or go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/compliance/report-illegal-activity.