Reel Deal: Dirty water set to clear

What a beauty: Shane Bourke with his massive 1119mm Murray cod from Copeton Dam just before release.
What a beauty: Shane Bourke with his massive 1119mm Murray cod from Copeton Dam just before release.

The offshore fishing has taken a bit of a dip with the current slackening off that has allowed the dirty, almost black, water to turn over.

The water should clear in time for the upcoming Shellharbour Game Fishing Club inaugural Mako Tournament on October 28-29.

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

Two commercial fishers were caught allegedly fishing unlawfully near Forster recently. The two men were allegedly using a meshing net and not using a discard chute to return fish to the water.

Discard chutes give fish a greater chance of survival when returned to the water, by reducing predation by birds. The two men face being charged with several serious offences. 

To report suspected illegal fishing activity, call 1800 043 536 or report it online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/compliance/report-illegal-activity

As in previous years, NSW Roads and Maritime are endeavouring to drive home the message of wearing a modern, comfortable lifejacket when you're out on the water, especially when in smaller vessels.

Maritime has released their diary of proposed sites at various boat ramps where boaties can visit and view a wide range of jackets available and find out the ‘good oil’ from the officers in attendance.

The Illawarra is due for their visit to ramps at Bellambi down to Kiama over the weekend of November 18-19.

http://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/lifejackets/old4new/old4new-site-visit-map.html