Fishing should fire up this weekend after the recent rugged weather, according to Charlestown Anglers Club weighmaster Ray Stenhouse.
Big seas will stir up food, freshwater flush will dump a smorgasbord of food into local estuaries, and predators will be lining up.
Not to mention cabin-fevered anglers.
‘‘I hear they’ve been getting some good fish wide of Broughton [Island] this week,’’ Ray said yesterday. ‘‘Very large bar cod and very good kingfish up to 25kg.
‘‘I won’t say where exactly.
‘‘It’s well known that after rough weather, a stir-up, guys will be getting good snapper.
‘‘It looks like it’s gonna be a good weekend, so deep water will be the go.
‘‘The tides and moon are good for jew too.’’
Harbour mouth hot spot
Local builder Dave Rees, who has been working on a three-storey house in Stockton this week, reports from the roof that there’s a clear dirty-clean water line arcing out of Newcastle Harbour.
‘‘There’s been heaps of boats out there fishing,’’ Dave said. ‘‘I’ve also noticed every day, just beyond the breakers, the water has been chopping with fish.’’
Tailor, salmon in earnest
Most likely tailor and salmon, according to Jason ‘‘One For’’ Nunn, of Fisherman’s Warehouse, who reports these species are everywhere along Blacksmiths Beach and in Swansea Channel.
‘‘It’ll be the case for the next month or so,’’ Jason said. ‘‘One thing I have noticed is a drop in the size of the salmon at the moment, with a lot of fish around the 1.5kg to 2.5kg mark, unlike last season when most were 3kg to 3.5kg.’’
Having said that, Scott Nugent and Phil Arthur – we’re not exactly sure who’s claiming it – got a 4.5kg salmon from the same area this week.
‘‘Rampaging’’ Ron Owen fished the area last Sunday and bagged six bream, three flathead and more than a dozen salmon.
Rock-hoppers have been getting into the tailor and it wouldn’t surprise us to see a few drummer on the bite either.
Luderick are teeming along most estuary breakwalls, but as Jason suggested, ‘‘take your own rock to stand on as it does get a bit crowded at times’’.
Lake sports good bream
Jason reports bream have been big on the menu in Lake Macquarie this week.
And when he says big, he means real handy.
Fisherman’s Warehouse recruit Jason Edwards showed his prowess on Wednesday night, bagging six, the biggest tipping the scales at 1.5kg.
‘‘Chocka’’ Brock Harmer and a few mates have been getting them in deeper water down the southern end of the lake. And a few good flathead too.
Big night for local club
Charlestown Anglers will celebrate another successful year with a presentation night at Charlestown Golf Club starting at 6pm tomorrow.
Scott Nugent (champion male angler), Pam Wyburn (female) and Patrick Nunn (son of Fisherman’s Warehouse boss Jason ‘‘One For’’ Nunn, who took top junior honours in a hotly contested race from David Niass) have represented the club with distinction.
Top catches this year have included Paul Harvey with a 25kg cobia, Phil Arthur’s 4.95kg flathead and Rory ‘‘Harry’’ Potter’s 8.5kg snapper, which is a magic fish in anyone’s language.
Club weighmaster Ray Stenhouse said new members were always welcome and pointed out the club likes to travel to new and interesting destinations to flex the fishing muscle.
At the end of next month club members will venture to Bermagui to chase late-season yellowfin tuna, big-eyed cod and trevally.
‘‘The plan is to fish deep with electrics,’’ Ray said.
Ray is also heading down to Arno Bay in South Australia for the opening of the snapper season on December 1 after a month-long breeding ban.
‘‘Weather permitting, fishing in the opening week of the season is often spectacular,’’ Ray said.
‘‘Fifteen-kilogram-plus snapper are not uncommon.
‘‘I believe the Ifish [TV crew] team will be down there for the first day of the season this year.
‘‘The fish gather in large numbers, up to 40 tons, on certain reefs, and once the season opens, the pros get into them, causing them to disperse.
‘‘But if you can get in the first week, it can be bloody fantastic.
‘‘I hope it is for me, ’cause I’m dragging a seven-metre boat all the way down, and it’s a long drive.’’
Besides those adventures, the club also has trips planned to Stockton Beach, South West Rocks and South Harrington in the near future. For details, call Ray on 0427278049.
Chasing $20,000 prize
Good luck to Novocastrians contesting the grand final of the Betts Berkeley Evinrude Team Bream Series on Sydney Harbour this weekend. With a $20,000 first prize, it will be held in conjunction with the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour.