Well caught sir: Nathan Wilson, junior angler from Kiama Game Fishing Club with his tagged marlin just before release.
Craig from Compleat Angler Windang reckoned there were quite a few lucky anglers whoenjoyed anextended Australia Day long weekend and those who did head out, found a raging hot marlin bitefrom just out the frontto way down to Jervis Bay.
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The billies were hammering the many bait schools both inshore and out wider and there were severaldecent blacks and stripes tagged and released.
The inshore reefs were teeming with kingfish and Frank Pascott and a matelanded several kings, allaround the 5 to 6kg mark, keepinga few for a feed and releasingheaps more to be caught another day.
There was also a few reds about reefs along the 40 metre depth line south from Kiama and the everreliable gulp nemesis plastics proved their worth yet again.
Off the beaches, salmon and tailor are milling around the corners of most beaches with a few hotspots at the breakwall at Lake Illawarra and Barrack Point.
Whiting are also on several beaches including Windang near the surf club, The Farm and/or Jonesesbut fresh bait is the key and live beach worms are top shelf.
Lake Illawarra was standing room only over the weekend andwith the crowds all dangling a line,the lake is still producing some good flathead, whiting and of course blue swimmer crabs.
It should bea little easier to move on the lake from now on and the fishing and crabbing should improve as thewater temp warms.
Final results of the Lake Illawarra Flathead Classic held the other week saw a mix of seniors, juniorsand family groups totaling 228 anglers vie for prizes and sectionwins.
There were 178 flatties presented for measurement with only 25 retained. There were123 caught on luresand 17 on bait with 165 flatties measuring under 50cm.
David Phoenix used bait to release his 633mm fish and Daniel Jongsma released his lure-caught fishof 625mm.
A huge thanks to Ocean Storm Tackle at Warilla for sponsorship and the members of WollongongSportfishing club for planning and running this very successful event.
Full results on the club’s Facebook page.
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