Wollongong Game Fishing Club's one-day fishing shoot-out will be held this Saturday, out of Belmore Basin - Wollongong, so expect an increase in boat traffic.
The heaviest mako shark that is over 250 kilos has a prize of $10,000 and it is a requirement for it to be weighed at Wollongong Harbour/Belmore Basin gantry to be eligible.
Social media is constantly reporting on the rape and pillage of cockles in and around Lake Illawarra and offenders need to be dealt with much more severely than in the past.
Perhaps a flying squad operation would be the answer along the lines of a recent "bust" in Sydney where charges were laid against two women after the pair allegedly were caught in possession of thousands of oysters illegally retrieved from the Georges River.
It's alleged that NSW DPI Fisheries Officers observed two people behaving in a manner consistent with intertidal invertebrate collection on the Georges River, which along with many other waterways in the Sydney region are closed to the taking of "shellfish" due to historical industrial pollutants in these areas and to preserve fish stocks.
The two women from Hurstville were apprehended and allegedly found in joint possession of 2121 oysters - more than 21 times the bag limit of 50 oysters per person.
Full details of fisheries closures in the Botany Bay/Georges River area can be found in the Sydney South Recreational Fishing Guide: http://tiny.cc/k1ttsz
Report illegal fishing via the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or online at: http://tiny.cc/c7nmsz