WEEKEND weather forecasts are looking slightly bleak, dare we say ‘‘winterish’’, but that doesn’t mean the fishing will cool off.
Results from last weekend’s NDAA tournament confirm there’s a myriad of species on the chew both in the estuaries and outside.
Jason ‘‘One For’’ Nunn reports with some satisfaction that May has been one of the most consistent fishing months this year.
And rock hoppers like this week’s Fish of the Week winner Andrew ‘‘Furry’’ Thirkettle and Martin Robards announce luderick and drummer are coming on strong.
Click on the image below to see a gallery of past Fish of the Week winners.
Game of crowns
ADAM Hodges wrapped up his sixth consecutive Newcastle District Anglers Association champion angler’s crown last weekend.
His Bradman-esque effort was confirmed after finishing fourth in the final NDAA event of the season, the Graham Dors Open, won by Matthew Small.
It was Small’s second NDAA event win in a row.
Hodges has been incredibly consistent over the past six years, as his results prove, and he virtually had this year’s crown wrapped up before competition began last weekend.
‘‘If he hadn’t got in the top 10 he may well have been vulnerable,’’ NDAA spokesman Craig Oaten said.
‘‘He was quite modest in his win’’
Runner-up last weekend was William Versfeld, who secured champion veteran’s status for the year.
Melissa Woollams took out the ladies’ event and claimed overall female angler honours, while Mia Downie took out the sub-junior category ahead of Luke Maloney.
Matt’s winning bag, caught mainly off Broughton Island, included a 8.38kg groper, some good flathead, heaps of squire, trevally and bream.
‘‘Conditions were favourable, seas reasonable, weather fantastic and there was a lot of fish weighed in,’’ Craig said.
‘‘There was a large range – big snapper off Broughton, big bonito, leatherjacket, tailor, salmon, good whiting, drummer, luderick, a few mac tuna, trevally, and some mullet.
‘‘Guys fishing out of Swansea got tailor, trevally and bonito.
‘‘And down off the rocks there was salmon, tarwhine and drummer.’’
NDAA now goes into recess for the winter and the new season kicks off in August.
Meanwhile, an NDAA team will head to Hat Head on the June long weekend to fish the state rock divisional titles.
They’ll be looking for revenge after being pipped for the title by the Mid-North Coast last year.
‘‘We’ve got the strongest team we’ve had in 10 years,’’ Craig said.
JASON ‘‘One For’’ Nunn and son Patrick, the Marks Point Marksman, had a troll round Coal Point last Sunday and bagged 11 tailor.
‘‘They were all nice size and we threw back just as many, so all in all a nice way to start the day,’’ Jason reported.
‘‘The fish are all mixed in together. Some days they are up to 1.5kg and other days they are all around the 0.5kg mark.
‘‘Deep divers seem to be producing the larger fish when there isn’t a lot of birds working, but it always pays to have one near the surface.’’
JASON and Peter Sims got nine bream and a squire last Friday night.
‘‘A couple of the bream were good size while the rest were travelling fish with plenty of body fat in their bellies,’’ Jason said.
That same afternoon John Luck and his son Chase landed two mulloway along with five flathead and tailor on lures.
PELICAN RSL fishing club had their weigh-in barbie last Sunday and an excellent range of fish was presented.
Dave Mitchell won the offshore event with over 15kg of mixed fish, including snapper, kingfish, trag, mulloway and perch.
Dave’s crewman Gino got the biggest snapper (4kg).
Don Cummins took estuary honours with 15.2kg of cleaned fish, including bream, whiting, flathead and jew.
LOCAL beaches are fishing well for tailor and salmon.
Early morning has been best for tailor, with fish up to 2kg not uncommon.
KEEP an eye out for Jason appearing with Dave Butfield on Tuesday’s episode of Hooked.
Jase and Dave trolled the lake last week for tailor before settling in for a lure session in Salts Bay.
The show will air on Foxtel channel Aurora at 7.30pm on Tuesday, repeated the next Saturday at 6.30pm.
What’s in a name
YOU’VE got to take your hat of to this week’s Fish of the Week winner Andrew ‘‘Furry’’ Thirkettle.
Not only did he catch 11 drummer and a random tailor off the rocks at Dudley last Saturday, he provided his own nickname.
‘‘I know you love your nicknames and there is only one fisherman from Belmont named ‘Furry’, as in a rabbit’s back!’’ Furry reported.
Furry’s winning fish’s weighed bang on 3kg.
And he reckons the majority of his bag were caught within seconds of his prawn bait hitting the water.
‘‘Which meant my bread berley had them out of their lair,’’ Furry reported.
Martin Robards meanwhile nailed a 41cm luderick last Sunday morning at Fullerton Cove with small soft plastics.