Winter westerlies rule

FISH OF THE WEEK:  Jack Blayden wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this  44cm bass hooked at Glenbawn Dam.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Jack Blayden wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 44cm bass hooked at Glenbawn Dam.

Winter westerlies and sunny skies will dominate the weekend, laying on a glorious if not breezy platform to wet a line.

Nelson Bay is firing for bream and luderick as crowds go gangbusters, according to Brent “Hammer” Hancock, from Tackle World Port Stephens.

“The breakwall is holding typical traffic and the results have been outstanding,” Hammer said.

“One of our local customers, Ron, has been cleaning up on 1kg-plus bream on floated salted pilchards.

“He cuts them into quarters on single 1-0 hooks, floats them on the current and as they sink down the bream come up and nail them.”

Luderick have been hammering the artificial weed flies.

“As of yesterday we had sold 160  and counting,” Hammer said. “You just tie it on like a normal piece of weed under your float and away you go.”

There’s been a couple of jewies caught in the bay.

Central Coast guns Scott Thorington and Time Faulkner headed north  last week and got one about 20kg using live slimies during the day on the tide change.

Hooking up

It’s bream central on local beaches, with mullet fillets working a treat as well as the odd exotic method.  

“A couple of locals I know are using a whole pilchard on a gang hook with a 1-0 stinger hook attached near the tail of the pillie at the end of the gang hook, looking to nab either a tailor and or a bream,” Hammer said.

“The bream   go for the tail and this method works really well.”

If you don’t get a bream, the tailor will keep you busy.

One of Hammer’s customers weighed in a 2.6kg-cleaned fish this week.

“You do get them bigger and but that’s a nice fish,” Hammer said.

“Samurai, Birubi and any of the gutters down that way are fishing really well.”

Snapper have been a little bit quiet in the shallows.

The water is still reasonablly warm but there has been  some really nice kings taken on stick baits and live baits up to 14kg around the back and north side of Broughton Island.

“With that warm water there’s still plenty of trag on the V and 21 reefs,” Hammer said. “The best way to catch trag is fish tide changes   using live slimey mackerel.”

Due to recent weather patterns, Hammer said no one had ventured out much wider.

But with westerlies predicted for this weekend, he believes the protected ocean rocks will fish well.

“You should get plenty of bream, drummer and luderick,” Hammer said. “There have been some nice drummer around, that’s for sure. “The trick with those guys is a bit of bread berley, find a washy area, drop your floated prawn in and away you go.”


At about 3.30pm last Sunday, Morisset resident Kevin Cook and seven-year-old son Adrian launched an assault on Lake Macquarie.

The target – flathead. Weapon of choice – nuked chicken soft plastics.

“After casting his line for a bit over an hour he hooked up to his first ever flathead on a soft plastic and fought the fish for a good 10 minutes and  was over the moon when he landed it,” Big Kev reported.

“Not only was it his first fish on a plastic, it was a great size too,  measuring up to a cracking 69cms.

“Adrian had been trying to catch a fish on a soft plastic for the past 11 months, so as the saying goes, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ ” 

Meanwhile, Jackson King from Singleton got a nice tailor using a chicken strip while on holidays at North Haven.

And Chris Usher pulled in a handy 5kg jew fish on Lake Macquarie last weekend.

Balco salutes

Breaking news from the Newcastle District Anglers Association.

John Balcomb has held on from a fast-finished Shannon Denning  to take overall honours in the NDAA season crown after a dramatic countback first flagged on this page last week.

The pair had been locked on points after the final NDAA round, the Graham Dorse Memorial, a fortnight ago.

“Working back through the season the two were only separated by one fish and in fact Shannon was the only guy to win two comps,” Craig said. “But Balco blitzed the first comp of the season, the rock comp, winning by 11 fish, and Shannon finished fifth or sixth, so that got Balco home.

“Just goes to show the type of consistency you need to have over the long haul to win.”

We reported last week that the Big Bream trophy  was sitting somewhat prematurely in the window of Balco’s Charlestown Tackle Power shop, but as things turned out, it’s   where it should be after all.

In further breaking NDAA news, next week’s schedule monthly meeting has been put back a week to hopefully allow NSW  to march to State of Origin glory in the decider at Suncorp Stadium.

All members are welcome to attend at Gateshead Tavern on July 19 from 7pm.