LOOKS like we’re finally going to get a sunny weekend and fishing prospects are looking suitably bright.
Jayden ‘‘Brucie’’ Bruce, merchant seaman and dead keen angler when he’s not hauling fuel up and down the coast with Caltex, reckons that with a mild westerly forecast and nice gutters forming, a session on the beach may just be worth a shot.
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‘‘It’s been a while since the beaches have been fishable,’’ Brucie, who works six weeks on, six weeks off, explained yesterday.
‘‘There’s salmon on the beaches and some cracking whiting in Swansea Channel, around Swan Bay and Coon Island.
‘‘Around the back of Moon Island they’ve been getting small kingies mixed in with salmon trolling skirts and deep divers.
‘‘The kingies are chasing green-eyed squid.’’
The beaches have also been firing for tailor and mulloway.
There was a lot of salmon about Dora Creek and up into Cockle Creek last weekend.
OFFSHORE anglers are excited after reports of yellowfin tuna getting caught off the back of the Carpark on Monday.
‘‘We went out Tuesday and didn’t turn a reel,’’ Jayden said. ‘‘But the water looked pretty good. The temp was around 18.6 degrees.
‘‘Only a matter of time I reckon before it picks up.
‘‘It usually starts getting good in September.’’
The good oil
JAYDEN and mate Matt Griffiths distinguished themselves recently when they hauled in an unusually large and reasonably rare 51.5kg oilfish off the bottom of Norah Canyon.
Jayden’s getting a mould made of it which he intends to put on display at Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point. It should be done by December.
Unfortunately it’s not much of a plate fish as its meat has notorious laxative effects. Check out the photo on our website.
Jets set fishing
TREVOR Notley, from Sandy Bottom Fishing Charters, took seven Newcastle Jets players outside for a spot of fishing on Monday.
The boys have a week off training following the infamous ‘‘Battle of Weston’’ with the Wellington Phoenix guys last Saturday, in an A-League trial match where four players were sent off.
Trev reports the boys bagged a mix of mowong, flathead, leatherjackets and a few tailor.
‘‘The flathead were the pick of the bag,’’ Trevor said.
‘‘They were heading off for a barbecue to celebrate Ryan Griffiths’s birthday.’’
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Trevor hosted top Newcastle plastic surgeon Nicholas Moncrieff yesterday.
The good doctor had completed a full surgical list at the Mater before taking a rare opportunity to wet a line.
He returned with a nice bag of snapper which he was ‘‘looking forward to frying in his recently acquired deep-frier’’, a well-connected source revealed.
Seal of non-approval
SEALS have been a bit of a problem for anglers lately, according to Jayden Bruce.
‘‘They’re getting to the fish before guys can get them in the boat,’’ he said.
They’ve also been in Lake Macquarie chasing salmon.
Warming to the idea
‘‘JUMPIN’’ Johnnie Frith, from Fisherman’s Warehouse, reckons anglers have been getting flathead and bream in the southern sections of the lake in the warmer water.
Joe Ling, from Cessnock, was one angler who did just that. Tony Bass was another who did well around the Swansea flats and Bonnells Bay area with five fish up to the 72cm mark, all taken on soft plastics.
Snapping to it
FRITHY’S sources report they’ve been getting snapper up to 4.5kg off Broughton Island and Seal Rocks.
‘‘The boys have been up there doing damage this week,’’ he said.
‘‘I also had a customer in today who told me he’s been getting reds off Norah Head in about 40 fathoms.’’
James Abercrombie and Chase Luck got some nice reds up to 8kg early this week north of Forster.
Father’s Day winners
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