MUMMA Nature has taken a valium this weekend, offering anglers a long-awaited chance to get outside and get among it.
The last week or so has seen epic waves battering our coast, closing down all access to the sea.
But from today onwards, we’re likely to see a race to the rivermouths as frustrated fisherman chock-a-block full of cabin fever get outside to scratch their itch.
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Snapper back to washes
ROSS Duff, from Salamander Bait and Tackle, reports snapper have been quick to move into the washes as the seas abate.
One customer, ‘‘Nicoli’’, has been cleaning up around Boat Harbour, nailing snapper up to 5kg using squid for bait.
Now that conditions have settled down, Roscoe tipped we should see more squid about, too.
‘‘There’s still mac tuna and bonito off the headlands and rocks,’’ Ross said.
‘‘They’ve been getting them throwing metal lures. ’’
Before the seas picked up last week John Reilly and his brother-in-law Ken fished Uralla and got trag up to 2kg and a 12kg jew.
Charter boat Full Stik has been getting trag on V reef up to 2.5kg, snapper around Broughton and plenty of greenback tailor.
The beaches have been working well for tailor, too, choppers mainly with a few bigger ones thrown in.
Same story inside the bay. The mullet run is still going and will be encouraged further by the westerlies.
The pros have been working Shoal Bay beach this week and will probably hang around at least another week.
As has been the pattern, there’s still nice bream to be caught around the oyster racks at Soldiers Point, around Tilligerry and off the Nelson Bay Breakwall.
Shoal Bay and Corrie Island have been good for flathead while there’s stacks of trumpeter whiting throughout the estuary.
Luderick have been a bit patchy this week but they’re an ever-reliable species this time of year and it won’t be long before they bounce back.
Anglers doing it tough
PATRICK ‘‘Moon’’ Walker, from Freddys Fishing World at Green Hills, reports anglers competing in the Bass Electric competition at Lake St Clair this weekend have been doing it tough during the pre-fish.
‘‘The dam’s been real quiet and no one’s all that confident,’’ Patrick said.
Patrick reports local beaches around Newcastle have been fishing well for bream, tailor and salmon.
‘‘There’s heaps of salmon in the lake this week,’’ Patrick said.
‘‘The bream fishing has been quiet. They seemed to have moved out to the mouth of the estuaries in readiness to spawn.
‘‘One guy we had in here this week said he was getting a few off Stockton breakwall early of a morning. During the day they seemed to shut down.’’ Meanwhile, Swansea angler Chelsea Lovett got up at 4am to fish Swansea Channel in Lake Macquarie with her dad last Saturday and was rewarded with 26 whiting, seven bream and a flathead.
Flounder to remember
YOUNG Ben Carey caught what his dad said was the biggest flounder he had seen off the jetty of his grandad’s house at Wangi last week.
You’d think that’d be praise indeed, but Ben had this sledge for his old man. ‘‘Mum is always saying dad has got a terrible memory so he probably has seen one bigger but has just forgotten,’’ Ben quipped.
Poppers find tailor
FRESHWATER specialist Chris Ingle fished Lake Macquarie last Sunday morning and managed a few nice tailor up to 55cm using poppers.
Chris was down at Lake Eucumbene late last month and got some monster brown trout too.
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FOURTEEN-year-old Sam Curzi got a 93cm mulloway in Stockton Bight last Sunday afternoon fishing with his father, Pacifico.
Catch of the century
THORNTON resident Amanda Blanch takes great pride in her husband Mark’s fishing exploits.
For that reason alone I’m nominating her for ‘‘greatest catch’’ ever.
But Amanda didn’t drop us a line for personal glory, she wanted it known that Mark got among some very handy fish off Caloundra on a recent holiday.
‘‘My husband is an avid fisherman but his success does not seem to match his efforts,’’ she wrote. ‘‘We recently had a family holiday in Queensland and he spent a day out with my brother. He had a fantastic day and caught heaps.
‘‘The biggest was an estuary cod 1.153m long and weighing 35kg – they cut 20kg of meat off it.’’
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Fly fishing lesson
ANYONE interested in learning the dark arts of fly fishing should pop along to the Singleton Fly Fishing Club’s presentation at Maitland City Bowling Club on June 6 at 6.30pm. For information, call Lawrence Blackburn on 0432989797 or Greg Hayman 0432738229.