AFTER a pretty dodgy week of weather and big seas, anglers have a window of opportunity this weekend to get outside and chase reds.
Snapper have been active off Seal Rocks and around the islands off Port Stephens, according to Stephen Whitely, from Freddy’s Fishing World at Green Hills.
Ross ‘‘Duff’’ Duffy, from Salamander Bait and Tackle, added the inner bomboras off Boat Harbour and Birubi to the list.
The forecast is for sunny skies and easing seas today, tomorrow and most of Sunday, so there’s never been a better time to shake off the winter cobwebs.
‘‘The reds have been good eating size and there’s been a fair few of them,’’ Stephen said yesterday.
Meanwhile, they’ve been getting lots of bream off the Gibbers (big and little) north of Hawks Nest, and stacks of salmon and tailor on the beach along the coast.
‘‘I’ve been spinning up tailor on the beaches and off the rocks using Maria Duplexes,’’ Stephen said.
‘‘Patrick ‘‘Moon’’ Walker [Freddys workmate] got lots of mac tuna and bonito in Stockton Bite through the week before the seas lumped up.
‘‘The rocks are also good for drummer at the moment.
‘‘Try using a size one Gamakatsu O’Shaughnessy hook with a double-O sinker with a bit of red peeled prawn or cunji.’’
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Estuary on fire
DUFF, from Salamander Bait and Tackle, reckons the estuary up at Nelson Bay is firing for bream and luderick, and there’s heaps of salmon and tailor about in the bay.
‘‘The tailor have been up to threekilograms inside the bay and along the beaches, and even on the troll around the islands off Tomaree,’’ Duff said.
‘‘The rocks are fishing well for drummer, luderick and squire. Flathead fishos have been doing OK directly off the port in 50 fathoms.
‘‘And there’s been talk of some decent bar cod and kingfish coming off Almark mountain in about 80fathoms.’’
CHARLESTOWN Anglers will hold their end-of-year presentation at Charlestown Golf Club on Saturday, August 11.
Club weighmaster Ray Stenhouse, just back from a month of fishing and four-wheel-driving in the Cape, is looking forward to a great night.
‘‘Mate, the club has had a very successful year and we’ve weighed some great fish,’’ he said.
‘‘Ray Nugent will be crowned champion angler after a comfortable win.
‘‘Ray fished hard all weekends and averaged something like 260points a round, which is very good.’’
Other winners are Pam Whyburn (champion female) and Patrick Nunn (junior) ahead of runner-up David Niass.
Paul Harvey took out most meritorious fish with an 11.5-kilogram snapper hooked in South Australia on a club outing.
‘‘Ben Woolmer’s 65.3-kilogram bass groper, hooked a couple of weeks ago off Nelson Bay, will be hard to beat for that gong next year,’’ said Ray, who’s still recovering from his northern safari.
‘‘Mate, I tell you I’m missing the 28-degree weather, sitting by the river watching crocodiles swim by.
‘‘It’s too cold down here.’’
The presentation night kicks off at Charlestown Golf Club at 6pm Saturday.
Ring Ray on 0427278049 for tickets.
ANDREW Low, from the Newcastle Freddy’s Fishing World store took out the Bass Electric comp at Lake St Clair last weekend.
‘‘The fishing was pretty good,’’ Andrew said yesterday.
‘‘It was a close run thing with only 100grams in it between a couple of guys.’’
Greatest catch of all
FORMER Knights rugby league player, current Kurri Kurri Bulldog and all-round avid outdoorsman Daniel Abraham landed a beauty yesterday morning when wife Alana gave birth to little Reade John Abraham at John Hunter Hospital.
Abes’ fishing activities have been somewhat restricted through winter, what with juggling football, nightshifts at the coalmines and preparing for the new bub, but he hopes to slowly ease back into things this summer.
Bream comp calling
FISHING website Newcastlefishing.com will host its 2012 Bream Comp at Croudace Bay this Sunday, starting 7am.
Entry is $25 per person with a two-person team, bait-and-lure format.
Milking the moment
ALEX Vincent got a bit of a surprise as he took a sip from his ‘‘warm milk’’ while soaking a yakka in Newcastle Harbour this week.
Before he could savour the full cream goodness of his beverage, he’d hooked a 13-kilogram jew.