Reel Deal: Lake Illawarra Flathead Classic on Sunday

Northern beauty: Aaron Vekar with another fine Yamba snapper. No need to travel north to catch reds, there's been an excellent run locally.
Northern beauty: Aaron Vekar with another fine Yamba snapper. No need to travel north to catch reds, there's been an excellent run locally.

Sunday will see the Lake Illawarra Flathead Classic get under way from 6am with organisers’ tent and facilities set up on the town green area opposite Windang boat ramp.

Convened by Wollongong Sportfishing Club and sponsored by Ocean Storm Tackle at Warilla, this annual event is proving to be very popular with locals and visitors alike.

Entries are still open and further info including senior, kept, released and junior sections are available from Ocean Storm Tackle at Warilla.

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DPI/Fisheries reports seven people haven been apprehended by officers as they allegedly gathered almost 1500 cockles from Lake Illawarra.

After conducting surveillance, Fisheries officers intervened and found that six of the people did not hold a recreational fishing fee receipt or exemption from paying the fee. All of the cockles were returned to the water alive and investigations are continuing. Fishers are reminded that they must pay the recreational fishing fee prior to hand gathering and the possession limit for cockles is 50 per person.

In a second incident, at Hen and Chicken Bay, a repeat offender was apprehended allegedly in possession of over 3000 cockles after Fisheries officers conducted a night time surveillance operation.

The man, who has been caught a number of times before, could face the prospect of heavy penalties if found guilty of repeated illegal activities. 

To report illegal fishing activity call Fishers Watch on 1800 043 536 or report it online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/compliance/report-illegal-activity.