Head to Honeysuckle

A free fishing event will take place this Sunday at Harbour Square and Worth Place Park West, in the Honeysuckle Precinct,   from 10am to 3pm as part of Gone Fishing Day.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Randal Mason wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 7kg-plus mulloway caught in Lake Macquarie

FISH OF THE WEEK: Randal Mason wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 7kg-plus mulloway caught in Lake Macquarie

There will be two areas in action featuring free activities, displays and giveaways.

The first is Harbour Square, which is the grassed area next to the Maritime Centre on Newcastle Harbour, just up from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

At this area there will be a catch and release fishing workshops for families running on the hour, and various advisory displays including the NSW DPI Bluey trailer (rules and regulations), RMS boating safety and life jacket display, Marine Parks advisory, PCYC van, NSW DPI responsible fishing display and a kids corner based around fishing (face painting, touch tank, games etc). 

The second area in operation will be Worth Place West Park, up past Honeysuckle Hotel on the grassed area just across from the NIB building on Honeysuckle.

At this area there will be practical casting tuition and competitions running through the day. 

Gone Fishing Day is a national initiative to promote wetting a line as a fun-filled, healthy activity perfect for all the family.

The main focus of the event will be to promote sustainable and ethical fishing practices, whilst giving people the opportunity to try fishing in a safe and fun environment. 

The government wants to encourage as many people as possible to have a go, so you don’t need a licence to participate.

Just sign up at  www.gonefishingday.org and turn up on the day.

Ramp roundup

 There is a shortage of boat ramps in the Swansea area as alluded to in last week’s column, and frustrations are growing.

The Pelican ramp, one of the busiest on the Lake, has been closed since August last year due to damage sustained during the April super storm.

Design issues dog the recently done-up Boyds ramp on Lake Road at the back of Swansea.

Critics say it has created a bottleneck where none existed before and that there is not enough parking.

There are two ramps at Coon Island, one which opens into a bit of a lagoon, which has just been refurbished and an older one that faces Swansea Channel.

Parking is better at the refurbished ramp but critics say it has similar design faults as Boyds which lead to congestion.

The Swansea ramp is deeper and consider better for launching bigger boats.

“The trouble is council is now  proposing to close that ramp and put a timber platform in place so it can be used by anglers,” Shannon Malone, from Fishermans Warehouse said.

“It’s great that they’re looking to facilitate fishing for anglers, but you couldn’t pick a worse place to fish given the current and the snags. Better to put it in calmer water.

“In the meantime, they’re causing  unnecessary trouble for boat users.

“There needs to be more consultation with people who actually use the ramps and launch boats.”

Fish matters

Lake Macquarie is holding good bream and massive tailor while flathead are  moving into the shallow waters.

Jew are still biting their heads off and whiting have fired up earlier than normal on the beach and in the channel, with fish in the high 40cm being caught.

Offshore there’s been a few reports of marlin showing up reasonably wide,  augering well for the billfish season.

Broughton has been fishing well for snapper, while down south from Norah Head to Terrigal there’s been some decent kings.

Sister act

Maxine Williams became the first woman to take overall honours at a Nelson Bay Diggers monthly outing last weekend.

Bill Hayes recorded the biggest fish, a 2.76kg snapper while Josh Thiele won juniors with a mixed bay of whiting and flathead.

“We had a good turn out of fisho’s,” club president Chris Wills said.

The club will hold it’s Annual Invitational Fishing Comp in November where clubs from Newcastle, Hunter, Sydney , North Coast will vie for cash and gift prizes.

“We have a few juniors entered this year which is good to see,” Chris said.

Junior day

Teralba Fishing Club is holding a junior fishing day on Sunday November 13 in conjunction with the club’s monthly fishing comp weekend.

Any junior fishermen (boys and girls) up to the age of 12  are invited to come along and wet a line..

Trophies will be issued in separate age groups up to 12 years.  There will also be many novelty prizes.

“Our club is catering with snacks and drinks for all participants at the weigh-in at 3.30pm at Teralba Bowling Club on  November 13,” club spokesperson Ian Guy said. 

The club needs to finalise numbers  by Sunday 8. 

Notify president John Thoroughgood on 0412 68 4381.