Rocks and breakwalls have been a popular haunt for anglers this week, looking to get out of the westerlies, and it looks like blowing on this weekend.
The offshore winds flattened the seas down early in the week making conditions favourable and fishos have been pulling in lots of tailor, groper and drummer, according to Paul “Ringo” Lennon, from Tackle World Port Stephens.
“Young Sam Harnett got an 8kg blue groper and also lost a few this week,” Ringo said.
“There’s lots of luderick coming off the rocks too and inside the bay. Similar story, anglers getting out of the wing.
“There’s been a few flathead starting to wake up in the back reaches of the estuary as the water starts to warm and the odd jewie about.”
A few brave souls have ventured outside in search of snapper and have enjoyed success off Edith breakers with fish up to 6kg.
This weekend is looking good with a little sou-wester predicted and not too much swell so it should be possible to get outside and chase snapper.
Inside local estuaries, you can expect to find bream, jew, luderick and the flathead should be coming on too.
It was a similar story around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie as the region braved stiff westerlies through the week.
Fish of the Week winner Peter Wilson headed for cover at Redhead bluff, as he has done for years, with his son Caine, in what is a bit of a master and apprentice scenario.
Caine was a committed beach and breakwall fisho until about a year ago.
“Dad and his brother have always fished the rocks and about 12 months ago I went along with them and I was hooked,” Caine said.
So were the fish.
Besides Peter’s prize winner, Caine also got a few too, including what he describes as a curious blue drummer.
“We were just berleying up with bread and using crusts,” Caine reported.
“We’ve been getting a few lately, even a few silvers. Mostly we throw them back.
“I’m hooked on the drummer, they just pull down so hard. And they’re good eating.”
Get the Vibe
Corey Wrightson and brother-in-law John Robinson, fishing in Corey’s new tinnie, “The Toolbox”, cleaned up on Samaki UV Squid Vibelicious soft vibes on the weekend.
They caught seven flatties to 74cm (best fish caught by John and was released in good condition), two flounder and 10 tailor, according to Corey’s old man, Craig.
They also got a shovel nose shark on live bait.
Daddy of day
Max Freihaut, five years old, had a field day on the bream last Saturday, fishing with his dad Beejay, on the Myall River at Hawks Nest.
It was a bit of a pre-Father’s Day assault.
Max caught eight fish, the best of which measured 38.5cm fish and weighed 0.83kg cleaned.
Meanwhile, Beejay’s dad, Allan Freihaut and uncle David Clarence fished off Seal Rocks as part of the Bulahdelah Blue Water Fishing Club’s monthly outing.
Both caught a large snapper each and a sampson fish each. Allan’s snapper weighed 3.44kg cleaned and the sampson fish 2.245kg cleaned.
Dave’s snapper tipped the scales at 2.28kg cleaned and his sampson fish weighed 2.15kg cleaned.
“Dad also got flathead, morwong and some pearl perch,” Beejay said.
“They moved around a bit through the day about 6km to12km offshore.
“He said there was a stack of whales about, one of which went under the boat and caused quite a commotion for those aboard as they wondered if they were going to sink.”
Meanwhile, Beejay reported it was perfect conditions up the Myall.
“At the start of year I bought a $2000 tinnie and said to Max if you like fishing, I’ll buy a better boat,” Beejay explained.
“Well, he loved it so a couple of weeks ago I upgraded to a 4.2m Tabs Razorback estuary style boat and it’s awesome.”
Bulahdelah is a great fishing town when you think of it. Perched on the picturesque Myall River, it is possible to launch at the town and get offshore, but it’s a pretty long run through the pristine Myall Lakes.
Seal Rocks and Pacific Palms are only 30 minutes away, where you can launch from the beach.
There are two clubs, the Bluewater Fishing Club, based at the golf club, and the Bulahdelah Fishing Club, based at the bowling club.
Beejay, who lives at Wallsend, has no problems fishing for either and intends on hitting the water this weekend for the bowling club-based Fishing Club’s beach and estuary comp.
“I don’t think it matters what club you fish for,” Beejay said. “But once a year they have the “Mate v Mate” comp where you fish against each other and that’s good fun too.”