Deep Sea Fishing Club

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About the RMYC Fishing Club

The RMYC Fishing club is a club within the Royal Motor Yacht Club Port Hacking. In order to become a member of the Fishing Club it is a requirement that one must have membership of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Port Hacking.

The Fishing Club was formed in 1972 and started out as the RMYC Deep Sea Fishing Club and in 2017 changed its name to RMYC Fishing Club. The Fishing Club has been a major part of the RMYC Port Hacking since being started by those early ‘bottom bashing fishos’.

The RMYC Fishing Club would like to thank and acknowledge our fantastic sponsors for their ongoing support:

Major Sponsors 


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Woolooware Golf Club


Apollo Trophies


To become a member of the Fishing Club you must be a member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Port Hacking.

Fishing club membership is $30 for an adult, $10 for a junior and family membership $50.

We generally fish throughout the year with a break during winter.

Our weigh-in is conducted at the flagstaff in the outdoor garden area.

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Life Members

Basil Cronk (dec’d) – John Anderson (dec’d) – George Payne (dec’d) – Mick Pardoe – Don Saunders – Les Nebauer (dec’d) – Marcus Stalker – Stephen Lalor – Ian Fraser (dec’d)

RMYC Port Hacking FISHING CLUB (RMYCPH FC) By-Laws Rev 10

The RMYCPH FC is a sub-club of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Port Hacking (RMYC) and is subject to its constitution and by-laws.

The object of the RMYCPH FC is Encourage, Promote and Foster the sport of fishing.

  1. Members must belong to the R.M.Y.C. or be a spouse or child (under 18) of a member.
  2. All Members must be financial before fishing and hold current fishing licences as applicable.
  3. Boats used must be owned by R.M.Y.C. Members (Boat Owner, Associate Member, Life Member or Crew Member)
  4. Fishing must not commence before sunrise Friday and end prior to 3.00p.m. Sunday. Members can fish either Friday, Saturday or Sunday and only one day’s catch can be weighed in. Weigh in is at 3.00p.m. Sunday near the RMYC flagstaff. All fish must be gilled and gutted prior to weigh in
  5. Fish caught on the troll or from fish traps are not eligible.  Fish can be caught in Port Hacking, Botany Bay and NSW Blue Water. Soft plastics/lures may be used instead of bait and fishing at FADs, whether they be floating or submerged, with soft plastics, lures or bait will be permitted
  6. Points will be allocated at 2 POINTS PER FISH (double for targeted species) 10 POINTS PER KILOGRAM. 10 POINTS START PER FISHERPERSON.
  7. Prizes will be presented as follows,

Up to 3 Fisho’s – 1 Prize for the largest target species if caught, none otherwise

4 – 5 Fisho’s – 2 Prizes    1 x highest point score, 1 x largest target species

6 plus Fisho’s – 3 Prizes,   1 x highest point score, 1 x largest target species, 1  x spin the board

Junior fisherperson award: Each junior who catches a weighable fish will be awarded a prize.

No Member can receive more than 1 prize per comp day.

  1. Any Member attempting to weigh in under size fish will forfeit all of their points for that competition day.
  1. Legal lengths and bag limits are as set by the NSW Governing Body (currently the Department of Primary Industries).Points are received for the following weighable fish:
  • Bream   Flathead   Dusky Flathead   Jewfish   Morwong   Snapper   Teraglin   Flounder   John Dory   Kingfish
  • Leather Jacket   Tailor   Trevally

These fish are the only fish which points will be awarded for except on Fishing days as nominated as Special Species days.  (Special Species fish are Pigfish, Australian Salmon, Ling, Groper, Red Morwong, Whiting, Samson Fish, Dolphin Fish, Drummer, Luderick, Garfish and Pearl Perch)

  1. Catch and Release- We have introduced the concept of catch and release to help to reduce the impact on fish numbers and in particular the larger breading females. Fish are to be measured from Nose to Fork length. Each boat is to carry a “Brag Mat” (or similar) and take a photograph of the fish to be released to enable a weight to be allocated based upon the NSW Department of Primary Industries tables. Photos must be shown to the weighmaster at the weigh in for that competition weekend. Weights will be adjusted down by 10% to allow for gills and gutting. Points allocated for Catch and Release fish will be double those for a captured fish as per point 7, points will also be limited and subject to size and bag limits as per Fisheries rules and regulations.
  2. The Most Species caught Trophy is limited to the following species: Snapper, Flathead, Dusky Flathead, Morwong, Tailor, Leather Jacket, Teraglin, Bream, Trevally, Kingfish, Flounder, John Dory, Jewfish,  Pigfish, Australian Salmon, Ling, Groper, Red Mowong, Whiting, Samson Fish, Dolphin Fish,   Drummer, Luderick, Garfish, & Pearl Perch.
  3. All boat owners must complete an Annual Safety Self Checklist form on their boat to confirm that their boat meets the Safety Standards of the NSW Maritime Authority, if this is not done then the boat-owner and crew will not be eligible to weigh in their fish nor will they be covered under the Masterman’s Insurance Policy of the mother club being RMYC Port Hacking on our designated fishing days. All boat owners must provide a photocopy of their current boat insurance policy including public liability insurance, a photo of their  boat (some of these we have from previous years) and show current boat and fishing licenses if requested.

Approved AGM 10th July 2018 and start time amendment 2022 July AGM Item 5 NSW Blue Water amendment by AGM 26/7/2023

Club Record Catches































Competition Days

The RMYC Fishing Club holds its Annual Competition between August and July each year.

Competition days are usually every third weekend and commence at sunrise Friday ending Sunday prior to our weigh-in at 3.00p.m. at the Flagstaff on the grassed area on the marina side of the Clubhouse. Only 1 days fish per person are allowed to be weighed in. We generally do not fish during school holidays or public holidays.

We have a great BBQ each fishing weekend after our weigh-in and prizes are awarded each fishing day for the largest fish of a designated species for that weekend, 2 spin the board species, the heaviest catch and Juniors each receive an award for a weighable fish.  The presentations and BBQ are funded by the Deep Sea Fishing Club.

Our Annual Presentation Night is held in July with Trophies given for Club Champion (most points awarded during the year) Runner-up to Club Champion and Champion Boat (again most points awarded to the crew of the boat during the year). There are trophies for each species of fish which are presented to the person who catches the largest fish of that species. We also have 2 prestigious Memorial Trophies, the George Payne Memorial Trophy is for the largest fish caught during the year and the other is the President’s Award – the John Durkin Memorial Trophy which is awarded to a member of the club at the President’s discretion for work within the club throughout the fishing season.

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Results 2022/23

Club  Champion Paul Thomas

Runner Up Stephen Lalor

Champion Boat Thominator

Junior Champion

Junior Runner-Up

Ladies Champion






Board Fish

Snapper –      Stephen Lalor 2.1kg

Flathead –    Jonathon Towe .54kg

Dusky Flathead Nick Straty 1.9kg (released)


Tailor –                           .  kg



Stephen Lalor-           6.5 kg

Bream       Tony Straty  .4kg


Flounder  Jonathon Towe .4kg

John Dory

Most species caught Stephen Lalor with 4

Special Species –   none caught

George Payne Trophy – Stephen Lalor snapper 2.1kg

John Durkin Memorial-Presidents Award

Most Improved Senior –

Most Improved Junior –

Helmet Award –

Dummy Spit Award –

Paddle Award –



Running results 2022/2023

Dates                                                                      Winner
Sep 22-24      fishoes total   fish  @ kgs                 pts

Oct  6-8         fishoes total    fish @ kgs                 pts
Oct  20-22     fishoes total    fish @ kgs                 pts
Nov 10          fishoes total    fish  @ kgs                 pts
Dec               fishoes total    fish  @ kgs                 pts
Jan               fishoes total     fish @ kgs                 pts

Jan               fishoes total     fish @ kgs                 pts

Feb              fishoes total      fish @  kgs               pts

Feb              fishoes total      fish @ kgs                pts

Mar              fishoes total      fish @ kgs                pts

Mar              fishoes total      fish @   kgs              pts

Apr              fishoes total      fish @    kgs              pts

May             fishoes total      fish @     kgs             pts






Target Species          Raffle
snapper      22-24 Sep                 Riddler
morwong      6-8 Oct                    No raffle
flathead      20-22 Oct                  Cool Change
leather jacket


Running results 2022/23

Current champions

Senior-Paul Thomas



Boat – Tominator
Current runners up

Senior – Stephen Lalor

Junior –



2023/24 Points Ladder

Paul Thomas            points

Stephen Lalor            points

Nick Straty                 points

Tony Straty                 points

John Tripodi                points

Warren Stephens       points

Kevin Squires            points

Jonathan Towe          points

Greg Froio                 points

Mark Osborn             points

Glenn Fitzpatrick       points

Eddie Savona           points

Stephen Lowe            points

Branden Galwey            0 points

Nathan Straty                  0 points

Peter Swatosch               0 points

Paul Britt                         0 points

Lady Members

Kathy Stephens            110 points

Judy Tripodi                  102 points


Lachlan Swatosch     points

Board Fish

Snapper    –    Steve Lalor   kg

Flathead    –  Paul Thomas .6kg   kg

Dusky Flathead- Nick Straty  1.9 kg (released)

Morwong  –       kg

Tailor –                   kg

Leatherjacket –    kg

John Dory     kg

Teraglin  –      kg

Bream  –           kg

Trevally –      kg

Flounder  –     kg

Most species caught –

Special Species – kg


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We welcome new members, should you have any inquiries please contact one of the following people on the Committee:

Committee 2023-2024

President Stephen Lalor  0408028200
Vice President Warren Stephens 0404839345
Secretary Paul Thomas 0418257303
Treasurer Jonathon Towe 0412247935

Social Committee
Mark Osborn -Secretary  0418245864
Mick Brannock 0407249052

Boat Safety Officer
Glenn Fitzpatrick  0418264073

Gear Steward
Judy Tripodi 0425245713

John Tripodi 0425245710

Weigh Masters

Paul Thomas 0418257303

Tony Straty 0401365698

Point Score Keeper
Kevin Squires 0408462478
Paul Thomas 0418257303

Website Administrator
Glenn Fitzpatrick 0418264073

Kathy Stephens (Facebook) 0404839345

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Upcoming Events

Presentation Night – 2nd Saturday in July
AGM -Following Wednesday

Greenwell Point charter Friday 10th November 2023
Ladies Day  TBA
Christmas Party Saturday 18th November 2023


Presidents Monthly Reports

Presidents Report for 2022 /2023

Congratulations to all of our Fishing Season Winners. Club Champion once again was Paul Thomas and myself a close second.Our Female Champion for the first time was Kathy Stephens beating Paul with the best Flathead at 1.17 kgs a nice Blue Spot, Well Done Kathy. Our board fish were shared around with Kevin the best Morwong and Judy a nice Flounder of 0.46, Tony as always takes the Bream Trophy and Nick the best Dusky Flat of 1.9. Well i was lucky again with the Snapper Trophy and a nice small Jewfish of 6.5 kgs. Thanks to our Vice President Warren for your assistance ha ha !!! will make a Great President in the future. Then there’s our Secretary Paul and Treasurer Jono, Guys a great effort by both of you. As much as we did not do a lot of fishing, Team ” The Riddler ” with John Warren, Kathy and Judy had a great days outing on the Flathead and Flounder. Then we booked a Charter out of Greenwell Pt ,The weather was a little ordinary however the atmosphere made it a Great day with Thommo taking out the honours with his feet firmly parked in the prime position. We had one lady on board Karen with just a little burly helped bring on a few fish. It was nice to have Ossie and Eddie on board,a Great day had by all. So its booked again for November. So to all our members and Committee Thankyou once again and Good Luck for the season starting in September. Tight Lines your President Stephen Lalor

Presidents Report-Seasons 2020-2021 and 2021-2022– Lets just say that the last  2 seasons with Covid have put the fishing club on hold. We have just not had the numbers fishing as we could not do weigh-ins as usual, and no raffles happening.

2020-21 only saw 6 or so fish and weigh-in. Club Champion, Paul Thomas took out the honors with 557 points and Tony Straty was runner up with 327 points.We still had the usual species weigh-ins with Snapper, Flathead, Morwong, Tailor, Bream, Trevally and Flounder.

2021-22 Well not to say the conditions were terrible and the same crews fished. Club Champion once again was Paul Thomas with 118 points and Jonathon Towe runner up with 88 points. The species were once again Snapper, Flathead, Bream and Flounder. So finally we were able to organise our presentation night with a small gathering of fishoes and their wives and we were able to do the two years of presentations.Now with our AGM on Tuesday night I must thank all of our committee for the 2 years of standing, Paul, Jono, John ,Ossie,and Mick.Lets now see what 2022-2023 brings as far as the committee and weather.Yours, President Stephen Lalor

Presidents Report for 2019 – 2020 RMYC Fishing Club Congratulations to all Club Members, with Paul Thomas a first   Club Champion, well done Paul. our Runner up was Tony Straty and our Junior award went to Lachlan Swatosch. Even though not many of us fished due the conditions and covid those that put in the effort were rewarded. The Riddler with Warren Stephens landed a nice Kingy up the river, and Tony on board Day By Day cleaned up with Trevally, Bream and some nice Dusky Flathead with one released over 70cm. Next best was the only decent Snapper to be caught at 3.8 kg cleaned this was pulled out under the nose of The Riddler one perfect day down south. The Thominator with skipper Thommo must have fished most comp days with weather permitting to be rewarded with Club Champ, Leading Boat, best Flathead and a few other species,again well deserved Congratulations Paul. We also organised a social day out on one of the local charters only to have cancelled by weather and then covid. Its ashame as this would have been a great social day,maybe next season. We also had to cancelled our Presentation night in July so its been decided to have this at our December weigh in. Our season will commence again in on September on the 19th and 20th with Snapper the species. So in closing as always a big Thank you to all of the committee and new new committee for 2020 – 2021 Tight Lines Stephen Lalor.