BIG seas are tipped to abate this weekend offering anglers opportunities off the rocks and beaches, according to Chris Weeks, from Fisherman’s Warehouse.
‘‘A lot of food will have been turned over by the recent pounding and species like luderick, drummer and snapper will be moving in around the washes looking for a feed,’’ Chris said yesterday.
‘‘But people have to be careful. There’s no point putting yourself in danger – no fish is worth your life.
‘‘There’s also a strong chance you’ll get bream as a by-catch.’’
The sea may be dropping, but unfortunately the wind will remain pretty stiff from the south-west at around 10 to 15knots.
Therefore, any fishing plans should take into consideration cover from the blow.
‘‘It might look like a glorious day, but if you get caught in that wind it can be bloody cold,’’ Chris said.
‘‘I’d suggest fishing after dark or just on dark down the bottom end of Lake Macquarie, around Bonnells Bay, Myuna Bay, where the water is warmer due to the power station and the bait is focused.
‘‘There’s plenty of tailor about and you can get them on things like Rapala trolling lures.
‘‘It’s probably been one of the better tailor runs we’ve seen in a few years.
‘‘Guys have been getting fish up to 75cm, 2.5kg types around Pulbah Island.
‘‘They’re throughout the lake, but down the southern sections are better, around deeper water.’’
When you get tired of pulling in tailor, Chris reckons you’ll be a good chance of nailing a flathead in the same areas.
‘‘There’s been some really good numbers, a dozen to 15 per bag, which is really good for this time of year,’’ Chris said.
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Fight them on beaches
IF you can find shelter from the wind, the beaches should be worth a shot for salmon and tailor.
And with a full moon in full swing, don’t be surprised if there’s the odd soapy jew out there looking for a feed.
‘‘I’d be getting out there just on dark,’’ Chris said.
‘‘The best thing to get tailor is using pillies under a bobby cork.
‘‘And for sure and certain with the moon the way it is, there’ll be jew about.’’
Cool work inland
FRESHWATER fishing has been pretty envigorating with the mercury hovering in the single digits lately.
But anglers have been getting fish in places like Lake St Clair and Glenbawn Dam, particularly around the edges during the middle of the day.
‘‘The fish tend to sit in the deep water early in the day and as it warms up they move to the shallows to bask,’’ Chris said.
‘‘Guys have been working the edges with smaller slider grubs getting reasonable numbers of fish up to 1kg.’’
Congratulations to the guys from team Seamen, who won the Newcastlefishing.com bream comp last Sunday on Lake Macquarie with a winning total of 1.749kg.
Team Victorious followed close behind with 1.738kg and team Comic Relief (1.647kg).
About 20 teams braved cool conditions and the threat of ugly weather, which thankfully never eventuated.
Team Comic Relief got the biggest bream which weighed in at .944 grams.
LACHLAN Soree nearly got spooled by a sea turtle last week fishing for bream around Eraring.
‘‘The hook was successfully removed and a quick photo of the turtle was taken,’’ Lachlan said. ‘‘Besides a newly pierced lip, the turtle was released safe and sound.’’
Father’s Day comp
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The book boasts everything you need to know about fishing in Australia, and includes new sections on advanced live baiting, surface lures, tips to being a better angler and how to catch a feed, fishing at night, fishing sustainably, safe boating and appetising recipes.
With Father’s Day looming first Sunday of September, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win this invaluable fishing reference.
All you have to do is go to the the Herald’s fishing website at www.theherald.com.au under ‘‘Sport’’, and describe the funniest experience you’ve ever had fishing.
The winner will be announced in the fishing column on Friday, August 31.
Only entries submitted online will be eligible.