THERE’S plenty of good tailor on the beaches up around Nelson Bay, according to Paul ‘‘Ringo’’ Lennon, from Tackleworld Port Stephens.
‘‘Crackers actually,’’ Ringo said yesterday. ‘‘Last week we had a customer in with a 4.5-kilogram fish, and this morning we’ve had a couple of guys with fish up to 60centimetres, mainly caught off Fingal. The islands out the front of the bay have been throwing up nice reds too.
‘‘Luke Williams got a 4.5kg snapper on the weekend.
‘‘There’s lots of bream in the bay, absolute horses in fact. One guy got a four pounder cleaned on the weekend, caught around oyster racks at Soldiers Point.’’
Anglers have also been hauling blackfish and drummer off the rocks.
Some fin to hope for
GAME fishos are holding their breath that southern bluefin tuna active off Sydney at the moment soon make their way north to Hunter waters.
Metropolitan anglers have been getting into fish up to and more than 100kg down south, mixing it up with yellowfin and albacore tuna.
‘‘If we get cooler water pushing down it might happen here any day soon,’’ Ringo said.
‘‘These fish were spotted off Bermagui about a month ago and it took them about two weeks to get up to Sydney.
‘‘So it won’t take them long to travel up here if the water’s right.’’
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Take southerly cover
THE weekend weather outlook ain’t looking too flash with a solid 20-knot southerly tipped to blow until early next week, accompanied by a three-metre swell.
That will make fishing outside beyond uncomfortable.
Anglers may be better advised to set up camp on the southern sides of local waterways, find some cover from the wind and target bream and blackfish.
Sam slammin’ salmon
SAM Young, 12, caught a massive Australian salmon on the rock wall at Salts’s Bay at Swansea Heads this week.
‘‘It weighed 4.1kg and was 70cm long. I caught it on 3kg line and I released the little fella back into the water,’’ Sam reported.
Big schools of salmon have been massing in Stockton Bight as well and loads of them have been busting up tackle across Nelson Bay too.
Little Beach has been a hot spot with lots of guys throwing light gear around and having an absolute ball.
Very cool appraisal
GREG Hayman, president of Singleton Fly Fishing Club and the brains behind Tailermade Fishing Adventures confirmed the presence of salmon everywhere and has an explanation as to why.
‘‘The water temperatures have settled down and it’s officially cold,’’ Greg said yesterday.
The Tailermade team have purchased a new boat which they intend working out of Newcastle.
It’s the same size and model as the craft they’re running out of South West Rocks and will be in action as soon as they can sail it up from Tasmania.
Pretty fly for guys
SINGLETON Fly Fishing Club have moved their monthly meeting to Maitland City Bowling Club on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm.
Their next monthly outing will be at Wangi Point on August 5.
‘‘You don’t have to have any gear, the club has got all the stuff and we’ll lend it out,’’ Greg said. ‘‘That way you can try fly without having to spend any money.’’
Lawrence Blackburn and a few mates – Justin Smith, Peter Sewell and Brent Blackwell – got some great bass on fly up at Lake St Clair off the banks on Wednesday and the previous Wednesday, fishing into the dark.
Lawrence will host a fly-tying night at his house this Wednesday.
For details call 0432989797 or go to singletonflyfishingclub.com.au.