Winter advice: be cool

It’ll be wet but not so wild this June long weekend.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Lucy Taylor wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 33cm bream caught at Eraring power station on a prawn.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Lucy Taylor wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 33cm bream caught at Eraring power station on a prawn.

As the Pasha Bulker anniversary slides by we are reminded just how appealing it can be to curl up at home around a hot chocolate. But that’s not fishing!

Taking a spoonful of cement and hardening up is what it’s all about and  conditions are not looking that atrocious. 

Winter species are really starting to kick in and   there’s every chance of hooking a feed.

Matt from Duff’s Salamander Bait and Tackle reports a mixed catch of species   this week.

“Barry Park has been getting green eye squid around Fingal Spit.

“Anglers have been taking snapper to 2kg off the point at One Mile on brined pilchards.

“Lauren Richards got a 63cm flathead off the breakwall at Nelson Bay on a pillie as well.”

“Anglers have been bagging out on luderick on the breakwall. Greg Schofield got a 44cm bream off Stockton Beach through the week on a pippi.

“Tony and Nick from Corlette got eight bream and a small jew on pippi and mullet up Stocko beach.

“Mark Burgess got three nice drummer to 3kg on green prawns at Birubi.

“Steve and Thomas have been getting bream on the inside of the breakwall on unweighted yabby baits.”

Indeed, Matt himself   got a 6kg jewie off Samurai through the week off a beach worm.

“I was just testing out the bream, because sometimes they’ll push into Samurai, but there was none there.  

“But I managed to get this jew just as the sun went down.

“My other rod went off too, which makes sense as they say the jew move in two, but that one got away.

“The one I landed a a really good eating size.”

There’s some really nice tarwhine mixing with the bream coming off Stockton beach, and hardly any salmon, which is a plus.

“it’s been a bit patchy outside,” Matt said.

“There been a few snapper coming off the drop off at Shark Island and a few lobster around Fishermans Bay.

 “But the interesting thing as far as crustaceans go is the blue swimmers and mud crabs inside the bay.

“They’re still coming.  

“Mark Niven got a great bag of blue swimmers up around North Arm Cove and the muddies keep coming up at Tilligerry Creek, Bull Island and around Wirrung Island at the mouth of the Karuah River.”

Matt’s tip if you’re wetting a line this long weekend: “Stick to your winter specie  – bream, luderick tailor – and hope for by-catch. Also don’t forget to take a rain coat.”

Jew news

Anglers in the know have been getting some good jew up Stockto beach, according to Paul Philpott, from Stockton Tackle and Bait.

“Not many of them, but they are quality,” Paul said.

“Been some good greenback tailor off the breakwater this week too, and a few bream are starting to pop their head up around the harbour. I hear the lake is fishing well for tailor, squid, some decent bream too – nice and fat.”

Slow going

Neil Grieves, weighmaster from Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club, reports he’s been at a lose end the last three weeks.

“It’s been very quiet outside,” he said. “The weather hasn’t been great and the seas have been a bit average.

“We haven’t weighed a fish for three weeks.

“I did hear that a couple of boats headed 50km wide of Sydney this week to target broadbill and they go two fish, one 80kg, the other up over 100kg, but that’s about it.”


June long weekend is the last opportunity in designated streams and rivers across NSW to catch a trout before the traditional fishing season closes  over the winter months.

NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Inland Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said this closure allows brown, rainbow and brook trout to breed uninterrupted during their annual spawning run, while also allowing trout fishers to fish during both the June and October long weekends.

“The annual closure will start on Tuesday 13 June and re-open in time for the October long weekend at Midnight Friday the 29th of September,” Mr Westaway said. “Anglers can continue fishing for trout during the annual closure, without breaking the rules, at any of the trout dams across the State, many of which have been stocked as part of the NSW DPI fish stocking program.

“Popular winter fishing spots include Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene, Oberon Dam near Bathurst, Tantangara and Talbingo Dams near Tumut and Lake Wallace and Thompson’s Creek Dam near Lithgow.

“DPI, in conjunction with local acclimatisation societies, has been stocking trout dams and rivers in NSW for many years.

“During the 2016/17 season, around 2.8 million trout and salmon were stocked across NSW.”