RMYC Port Hacking 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 
East Coast Stockfeeds


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 – Marcus Stalker – Stephen Lalor – Ian Fraser

RMYC Port Hacking FISHING CLUB (RMYCPH FC) By-Laws Rev 6

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 Saturday and end prior to 3.00p.m. Sunday. Members can fish either 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 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 Mowong, 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


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 Saturday 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 2019/20

Club  Champion

Runner Up

Champion Boat

Junior Champion

Junior Runner-Up

Ladies Champion







Board Fish



Dusky Flathead


Tailor –           none caught                  .  kg


Teraglin  –    none caught                    .  kg




John Dory

Most species caught

Special Species –   none caught

George Payne Trophy –

John Durkin Memorial-Presidents Award Paul Thomas

Most Improved Senior – Paul Thomas

Most Improved Junior –

Helmet Award – John Tripodi

Dummy Spit Award – John Tripodi

Paddle Award –



Running results 2019/2020

Dates                                                                      Winner
Aug 25/26  1fishoes total  0 fish @ 0 kgs                10 pts  Tony Straty
Sep 15/16   2fishoes total  14 fish 5.96 @ kgs       105 pts  Jonathan Towe

Oct 6/7       0fishoes total   0 fish@ 0kgs                   0 pts
Oct 27/28  2fishoes total   9 fish  @ 3.78kgs         66  pts   Paul Thomas
Nov 17/18  0fishoes total   0 fish @  0kgs                 0 pts
Dec 8/9    3 fishoes total    19 fish@6.39kgs           64 pts  Jonathan Towe
Jan 19/20   fishoes total    fish @         kgs                    pts  Cancelled

Feb 2/3     2 Fishoes total     fish @        kgs

Feb 15/16  1 fisho total       6 fish @        kgs                 pts  Tony Straty

Mar 2/3    4fishoes total    6 fish @ 10.03kgs          174 pts Tony Straty

Mar 23/24 3fishoes total      fish @         kgs             68 pts Paul Thomas

Apr 13/14   fishoes total         fish @         kgs               pts

May 17/18  3fishoes total  13 fish @  6.8 kgs            48 pts Stephen Lalor






Target Species          Raffle
snapper                       Thominator
flathead                       Special K
morwong                    Day by Day
flounder                      Rebel
kingfish                       Taitors
leatherjacket              The Riddler
dusky                           Sea Dweller
trevally                        Thominator
tailor                            Special K
s’species                      Day by Day
jewfish                         Rebel
snapper                       Taitors
flathead                       The Riddler
bream                         Sea Dweller


Running results 2019/20

Current champions

Senior-Paul Thomas

Junior-Lachlan Swatosch

Ladies-Jessica Swatosch

Boat -Thominator
Current runners up

Senior -Tony Straty

Junior –


Boat- Day by Day

2019/20 Points Ladder

Paul Thomas                  541 points

Tony Straty                    361 points

Stephen Lalor               326 points

Warren Stephens         293 points

Charlie Vella                 154 points

John Tripodi                136 points

Glenn Fitzpatrick       125 points

Steven Lowe                123 points

Jonathan Towe           115 points

Brooke Dibben           108 points

Peter Swatosch            32 points

Mark Osborn

Lady Members

Jessica Swatosch     10 points


Lachlan Swatosch    27 points

Board Fish

Snapper    –    kg

Flathead-         kg

Dusky Flathead-   kg

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 2019-2020

President Stephen Lalor  0408028200
Vice President John Tripodi 0425245710
Secretary Paul Thomas 0418257303
Treasurer David Moon 0417706705

Social Committee
Mark Osborn -Secretary  0418245864
Mick Brannock 0407249052
Glenn Fitzpatrick  0418264073
Jonathan Towe 0412247935

Boat Safety Officer
Glenn Fitzpatrick  0418264073

Gear Steward
Mick Brannock 0407249052

Weigh Masters
Brook Dibben 0414320193
Peter Swatosch

Jonathon Towe 0412247935


Point Score Keeper
John Tripodi 0425245710
Brook Dibben 0414320193

Website Administrator
Glenn Fitzpatrick 0418264073

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Upcoming Events

Presentation Night – July
AGM -July
Social Golf Day
Ladies Day
Christmas Party


Presidents Monthly Reports

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.