THE days are officially getting longer after the winter solstice yesterday.
Granted there’ll only be a second or two in it between Tuesday and Thursday, but when it comes to fishing, there’s no time to waste.
Salmon have been the talk of Lake Macquarie this week, from Teralba down to Chain Valley Bay, according to Jason ‘‘One For’’ Nunn, of Fisherman’s Warehouse.
Solid fish in the 2kg to 3kg range have been seen working the surface through most days.
Metal chrome lures and deep divers have been doing the damage.
Click on the image above to see a gallery of some of the previous Fish of the Week winners.
Salts Bay has also been hot, especially round high tide.
They don’t seem to be too fussy either, now that the water is a bit coloured.
‘‘We fished last weekend and counted 37 boats around us and everyone was hooked up, not a bad way to spend these cold winter days,’’ Jason reported.
Patches of tailor have shown up here and there with the salmon.
Fish have ranged from garden-variety 35cm to 45cm specimens through to a few 70cm giants.
‘‘I fished the other afternoon with my son Patrick and we managed eight nice fish just before dark around the Green Point area, while on Sunday Peter Sims landed a dozen fish of mixed size between Wangi and Fishing Point,’’ Jason reported.
Anglers have noted bigger tailor around Marmong Point and in the deep water around Pulbah Island.
A troll with deep divers in water up to 10metres deep may produce results.
Bream have been a bit down on numbers and size.
Fish of the week winner Paul Flaherty reports there’s flathead responding to lures in deeper water.
Meanwhile, a raging current and cold water have put a freeze on fishing offshore.
HATS off to young Jack Lennard, who outfished his old man on Lake Macquarie recently, bagging a 70cm jew to put the question beyond doubt.
Another young gun worthy of recognition is four-year-old Joshua Bergquist, who landed two fine flathead with ‘‘Poppy’’ near Speers Point.
Further afield, Waratah warrior Les Soars nailed a 26kg yellowfin tuna on game boat Reel Capture in Vanuatu on a recent holiday with his girlfriend.
Special mention to six-year-old Tyson Rich and his dad Peter, of Raymond Terrace, who landed an enormous 12kg European carp at the Raymond Terrace bridge on the Hunter River.
Cold outside, clusters in
PAUL ‘‘Ringo’’ Lennon, of Tackleworld Port Stephens, reports there’s plenty of fish in the bay at the moment.
‘‘The racks and rock walls are fishing well for bream,’’ Ringo said yesterday.
‘‘Heaps of luderick about, some crackers too.
‘‘Tomaree, Little Beach and both breakwalls have been firing.’’
Jew have been on the chew. Alistair Lau got a few night fishing with hard bodies around Corlette wreck this week.
‘‘One weighed in around 8kg, which is a nice fish on a hard body,’’ Ringo said.
There’s also been some good reports of reds coming in from the islands out the front of the port, and still the odd one being caught inside too.
‘‘The ones inside have been real good,’’ Ringo said.
‘‘One local, Peter Raymond, got three, each around 8kg, in a week off the breakwall.’’
There’s plenty of drummer in the white water off the rocks. Brent ‘‘Hammer’’ Hancock got stuck into a few on Wednesday, bagging 10 in an hour-long session around Rocky Point.
Fishing out wide has shut down, but the water is still fairly warm in close, with the odd trag around.
Tuna fishing should pick up into the next moon.
Lake lures all levels
LAKE St Clair will host the Bassin Teams Challenge on July 7 and 8.
The two-person event caters for the rookie right through to the serious tournament angler.
The format is lure and fly only, with three sessions over two days, and all bass caught are weighed and released.
There’s a $40 discount on the entry fee for any team comprised of a parent and child under 16.
For details visit bassintournaments.com.au or phone Bruce on 0419011333.
Take care, you’re loved
OUR thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of the three young people lost fishing at Flat Rock this week.
Rock fishing is dangerous and if you intend to fish, check the tides, wear appropriate footwear and clothing and, most importantly, a life jacket of some type.