Early sign of game on

FISH OF THE WEEK: Eight-year-old Lachlan Tupelow, of Medowie, wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 3.5kg salmon hooked in Newcastle Harbour.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Eight-year-old Lachlan Tupelow, of Medowie, wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 3.5kg salmon hooked in Newcastle Harbour.

Game season is go, with reports  last weekend of a Lake Macquarie boat picking up a marlin on the Carpark.

It follows on from a plethora of pelagic action further south which saw yellowfin active way out wide, dolphin fish on the go, and marlin in motion.

 “It’s all tying in with the Australian Easter Current, which has started running downhill,” Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fishermans Warehouse at Marks Point said.

“On the back end of the southern canyons last weekend there was quite a lot of fin  caught.  

“One Broken Bay boat got 15 –  a lot of jellybean size up to 15kg - but one  swiped a lure at about 50kg.

“They also got a very nice dolphin fish and saw a couple of marlin up on the surface.

“It tends to confirm what we were saying last week that out that bit wider where the current is heading south, there is a lot of activity.”

Marlin eat small fin which is  something for anglers to get their teeth into. 

“Water temp is about 22 degrees out there, so things are looking very encouraging,” Jason said. 

This news follows on from reports up north of striped marlin off Port Macquarie.

 “The fish are obviously coming down, we just need boats out to fish and we will hear more results,” Jason said.

Passing FADS

Consistent with the arrival of the warm water, the 2016/17 FADs season has commenced with the deployment of all the North Coast FADs from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie. 

The remaining FADs will be progressively deployed with all FADs on station by the end of November.

Red flag

On the inshore reefs, there are some small reds up to 2kg, in and around the 20-30 metre mark, being caught berleying.

 “The water is pretty good for September and it’s been reasonably encouraging – guys have been getting their bags of 10,” Jason said.

With a  2.30pm tide this Saturday, and a small westerly predicted, it might be a great chance to get outside and target some snapper.

Salmon storm

Swansea Channel has been busting up with salmon this week.   

“The water was absolutely foaming early in the week,” Jason said.

“It looks like they pushed in on the tide and went back out on the tide.

“When they lift like that you gotta wonder what’s underneath.

“The salmon of an afternoon this last week have been all-time. They are all over the lures and anglers are catching plenty.”

Tailor stitch

In gut-wrenching developments last Saturday,  Jason’s 69cm PB tailor got knocked over by The Marksman, son Patrick, who nailed a 72cm horse in the channel.

“It weighed a tad over 3.3kg,” Jason admitted with shoulders slumped.  “A cracking fish and indicative of the type on offer at the moment. Caught at midday too.

“I’m very dark – legend for a week in the Nunn household, then gone.”  

Tailor are strewn through the salmon, but hopes of getting  beneath them for a shot   have proved frustrating.

Inside the lake, anglers have been getting a mix of flathead, tailor, good whiting and very nice bream.

Jew have been elusive although there have been a few reports around Wangi.

“All in all it’s looking very good at the moment – there’s a lot out there,” Jason said.

Port calling

Been some great tailor coming off the beaches at Samurai and Fingal on dark, according to Paul “Ringo” Lennon, from Tackle World Port Stephens.

“Fish up to 2kg, on silver metal lures.

“There’s been the odd  good jewie coming off the beaches at Stockton and over at Hawks Nest. 

“One bloke got two at Hawks Nest, both over 20kg.”

Flathead are starting to show up in the back end of the bay from Tanilba up to Karuah, and as that water warms, blue swimmer and mud crabs have started to get active.

Offshore, snapper are prevalent around the islands and inshore reefs.

Gone Fishing

As part of Gone Fishing Day, on October 16, NSW DPI is running free events around the state and it doesn't matter if you haven't fished before or if you're the keenest of anglers.

One such event will be held at Honeysuckle Bay, Newcastle, from 10am to 3pm.

Gone Fishing Day is a celebration of recreational fishing, recognising it's a fun and healthy pastime for the entire family. For more info visit the DPI website.

Grant action

Fishers, landholders, local councils and community groups wanting to improve their local fish habitat are being encouraged to apply for a grant through DPI’s Habitat Action Grants Program.

Large grants of up to $40,000 and small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2,000 are available.

Grants close September 30. For more information  contact Scott Nichols on (02) 6626 1396. 

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