Nor-easterly conditions will probably push anglers towards the estuaries this weekend.
There’s a reasonable chances of showers as we head into the new moon, but plenty of fishing options.
“If you don’t fancy the breeze I’d chase jew around Soldiers Point at some of the deep holes,” Neil Lembke, from Tackle World Port Stephens suggested.
“Or get a feed of whiting – plenty of those about at the moment.
“The boys from the Shoal Bay Fishing Club were out last weekend and got a lot of nice snapper and flathead.”
Neil reports lots of jew on the chew, and kingfish off the breakwall.
“Paul Lennon [workmate] got an 18kg jewie last weekend inside the bay at his secret spot,” Neil said.
“Another bloke got a 10kg fish off the beach.
“A lot of guys are getting smashed on the breakwall by kingfish up to 25kg. There’s been some horses.
“People come in all excited and say they want to catch a king and we suggest they go to church and pray,
“It takes heavy gear to stop them and you need luck because they wrap you around rocks and piers – their cagey buggers.”
Best time is first light of a morning, Neil said, but they are biting most of the day.
“I won’t say they’re easier to catch early in the morning but they’re easier to hook up.
“The key is fresh live bait and heavy gear – 80lb braid – we’ve been selling plenty.”
Whiting are starting to hot up throughout all local estuaries with some really good kidney slappers coming off most sand flats.
“They’ve been getting them inside the bay and on the beaches up around the Bay,” Neil said.
Outside there’s been some great snapper coming off the reefs up around Broughton and plenty of trag.
“The Shoal Bay boys got heaps of them last weekend,” Neil said.
Some encouraging reports of blue marlin out wide.
Neil Grieves, weighmaster for Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club, said Screamin Hoff hooked up a big blue on Tuesday, while last Sunday, Paul Hogg, battled a blue estimated at over 200kg on the trace for a couple of hours before losing it.
Meanwhile, a number of Lake boats lost stripes and there were a couple of mako’s weighed – one caught by a junior angler on Slingshot, which went 106.5kg on 10kg line, the other, caught on Anger Management, weighed 204kg and was caught on 15kg.
Neil had the pleasure of fishing the 31st LIzard Island Heavy Tackle Tournement last month as guest aboard Phil Webster’s Little Audrey and said it was a glimpse into how the other half live.
“It was a dream come true and we went alright, beaten on countback for second,” Neil said. “We got six marlin over the seven days, and I got two of those six.”
Meanwhile, Brent “Hammer” Hancock, reports lots of little blacks lurking around Fraser Island where he has been fishing the last week or so, suggesting that we’re in for a good season as they make their way south around January and February.
Patrick Nunn, 18, son of Jason “One For” from Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, had his first outing as skipper aboard Blue Yonder last Sunday with mates Justin Worley and Lachlan Bent, both very promising football players as well as anglers.
“They saw some marlin on their first trips out and it’s great because we need these young game fishos coming through to replace us old fellas,” Jason said.
The prawn run fired up the lake this week, kicking off last Saturday with guys getting upwards of 3kg of prawns on various nights.
“It should happen around midnight Friday and a bit later each night into next week,” Jason said.
“It will stimulate bream, whiting and flathead to feed of an evening.
“Early morning and late arvo with surface lures might be a good option this weekend given the onshore conditions predicted.
“Lots of good reports of blue swimmer crabs about, but a bit dry on the squid scene.
“Plenty of kingfish in the lake this week. One angler got one 80cm which is great to see. Seems they’re using the lake as a base which is good news for the fishery.”
Michael Turton picked up a 3.5kg drummer on 10lb line and plenty of luderick last week around the Cowrie Hole in Newcastle.
“I found cabbage was the best bait, fishing in depths from 1m to 3m on the top of the run-out tide,” Michael reported.
Michael fished Port Stephens last week and reports plenty of flathead about.
Mark Stamp and son Thomas fished the Myall Lakes last week up around Bombah Point and got some nice bream.
Meanwhile, Todd Graham and daughter Abby fished Stockton Beach last Friday night and got a couple of nice plate-sized snapper.
“I also caught seven mulloway but the biggest only went 63cm,” Todd said.