Members of Shellharbour Game Fishing Club held their annual Mako Challenge last Sunday and in not too flash weather and sea conditions. The committee wishes to thank those who put in the hard yards and came up trumps for their efforts.
It turned out to be a great result with both challenges going down to the last hour of fishing with makos, blue sharks and some big tigers on the prowl that gave anglers a serious workout.
The final results are being kept under wraps but a serious highlight was Team Tailwalkers' magnificent 300-kilogram mako on just 15 kilo tackle.
The crew from Leisure Coast Bait Tackle at Corrimal reported the waters off Bellambi were snapper central last weekend.
The dodgy weather deterred a few but the diehards made the most of the long weekend and the results were impressive to say the least.
One media shy boat had seven reddies up to 76cm and said they were taken to the cleaners several times by bigger and better fish.
Jigged plastics on the drift seemed to be the most successful method and judging by some of the scales at the Bellambi ramp cleaning tables, there were some solid reds brought in. The snapper sharks were a welcome bycatch and added to the mix were a few black spot pigfish.
Not too many guys headed offshore to chase the current run of tuna, but radio chatter said there were a few pods further north towards Sydney South where a few to 50 kilo were taken.
Beaches were fairly quiet with only a few pilly flickers spotted in the early morning sessions and they didn't appear to have much to brag about.