It's tailor time in Lake Macquarie

OLE: Brett Wilkins, of Glendale, with a 25.2kg spanish mackerel caught off South West Rocks.
OLE: Brett Wilkins, of Glendale, with a 25.2kg spanish mackerel caught off South West Rocks.

It's tailor time in Lake Macquarie, according to John Balcomb, of Tackle Power Charlestown, but luderick and bream abound if tailor don’t suit.

‘‘I was speaking to a guy today who said he got 13 tailor yesterday in Belmont Bay, the smallest 59centimetres,’’ John said.

‘‘He was trolling in the middle of the day.

‘‘Rapala X-rap lures have been working wonders.’’

John said Swansea channel was loaded with luderick and that mountains of salmon continued to choke up the local estuary.

Epic seas had ruled out fishing offshore, but he said we should see snapper move in once things settle down.

Patchy kings

BRAD James, of Nelson Bay Tackle, agreed that high winds and big seas had played havoc with offshore ambitions but confirmed bream and luderick were firing inside Nelson Bay, too.

‘‘There’s some good snapper about and a few reports of kings bouncing around, but this wind has made fishing very patchy,’’ Brad said.

Jack’s yer uncle

GEOFF ‘‘Kanga’’ Ruse, of Freddy’s Fishing World, reckoned salmon were biting well on clear Smash Baits and 20g slugs.

He reported school jew on the chew in Nelson Bay and recommended you chase luderick and drummer off the rocks once the swell eases.

Meanwhile, news inland was that Glenbawn and St Clair bass were responding well to ice jigs lures like Moebix, particularly the Little Jack model.

‘‘You don’t get jack on Little Jack,’’ Kanga said.

Duck responsibility

YOU had to laugh at morning television show Today’s fishing expert, Paul Burt, and his efforts to catch a ‘‘lake monster’’ live on TV yesterday.

Burt cast out, ostensibly to catch a shark trapped in a Gold Coast lake, only to reel in a duck live on camera.

This prompted Gold Logie-winning host Karl Stefanovic to quip: ‘‘Well, that didn’t end well, did it? Peking duck anyone?’’

The duck apparently survived. Check it out on

Mismatching catching

WAYNE Dunning, of Tackle Power Charlestown, reckons most fishos have a tale or two about things they didn’t mean to catch.

‘‘I once caught a tree coming out of a boat ramp,’’ Wayne said yesterday.

‘‘Drove down the road with line spinning off my reel. Had to go back and retrieve my favourite lure once I realised. A lot of blokes were wondering what I was doing up that tree.’’

Workmate John Balcomb couldn’t resist the chance to land a sledge.

‘‘I’m usually a little bit smarter than hooking trees,’’ he said. ‘‘I hooked a seal in Lake Macquarie this week, repeatedly. Well, it hooked me.

‘‘There’s salmon everywhere and I was out in Belmont Bay catching them on lures, and every time I hooked one this seal would break off from the school and rip my salmon off. I reckon I lost about $50 worth of lures.’’

‘‘Kanga’’ Ruse was fishing with a mate near Stockton one day when his mate moved suddenly as Kanga cast, spooking a flock of pelicans. Next thing, Kanga was being spooled by a pelican.

‘‘I had to snap it off,’’ Kanga said yesterday. ‘‘I would have preferred to retrieve the lure; I didn’t mean to catch it, I felt a bit bad.’’

Kanga also hooked a sea snake up at Weipa one year.

‘‘I didn’t know what to do,’’ he said. ‘‘Weipa has the largest population of the second-most poisonous snake on the planet, and I had one with a lure in its mouth next to my boat, not very happy.’’

Battlers for bucks

FATHER-and-son combo John and Gordon Balcomb will chase big bucks in the grand final of the Betts Berkeley Evinrude Team Bream Series to be held in conjunction with the Sydney Boat Show at Darling Harbour on July 30 and 31.

The Balcombs finished sixth in the rankings after six rounds of competition.

They join a number of Hunter hopes in the 20-team line-up, including No1-ranked Mark Healey and Adrian Neoh, of Marks Point, Toronto boys Peter Macor and Troy Van Kampen (ranked No4), lake lads Anthony and Rodney Thorpe (9), Chris and Jason Russell (13), Shayne Gillet and Kyle Prosper (14), Valentine avengers Mitch Birt and Marc Huisken (15) and Dora Creek dashers Wayne Reed and Gregg Flett (18).

The winning team gets $20,000, but second ($6000) or third ($4000) aren’t too shoddy either.

‘‘Local knowledge will be important,’’ John said yesterday. ‘‘We’ll pitch camp at Lane Cove caravan park and see how we go.’’

John wasn’t expecting any favours from fellow competitors.

‘‘Nah mate, they’ll be as tight as a fisher’s $%^&% when it comes to sharing info,’’ he quipped.

Still tackling

TACKLE Power West End closed it doors last week, but it’s business as usual for Fish of the Week winners.

They just need to present themselves at Tackle Power Sandgate, at 53 Maitland Road, Sandgate.