Looks like a mixed bad this weekend on the weather front, with heat and northerlies on Saturday, followed by a cool southerly change Sunday.
Typical pattern this time of year, and anglers are encouraged to plan around it.
Bonito, tailor and bream continue to flourish in Nelson Bay, according to the team at Duff’s Salamander Bait and Tackle.
There’s been a nice holiday harvest of blue swimmers and mudcrabs about.
Tailor heads have provided great bait for some big jew caught inside the bay and along local beaches.
Outside, there’s been some nice snapper and trag about, with mahi mahi on the FAD and a few kings mixing it up.
Shoal Bay has been a great haven for whiting.
Stockton is holding some nice whiting in the gutters during the day, responding to live worms, according to Matt from Freddy’s Fishing World at Broadmeadow.
“Plenty of bream and flattie in the lake,” he added.
“Vibelicious lures have been working really well for them.
“I’ve heard of a few dolphin fish at the FAD off Newcastle.- decent ones, a few bulls
“I’ve also heard of a few marlin coming in close off the bay – just little blacks.
“Jew have been sporadic off Stockton beach, not as prolific as up the bay, but still encouraging.
“And I’ve heard of a few kingfish in the lake as well, and also snapper.”
Local harbour angler Brad Linnertson has finally cracked the metre club with a 105cm jew hooked locally on a live yakka.
“It's my first one over a metre and I'm bloody stoked about it,” he reported.
“I've put a lot time into jew fishing and it's awesome to start seeing the rewards.”
Unlike Brad, Matt from Freddy’s Fishing World has found Newcastle Harbour a bit quiet this week, having fished it for three days without reward on his days off.
“I reckon it’s the lack of rain,” he said.
“I think all the fish have headed upriver.
“We need a big downfall to wash them out.”
Meanwhile, local dams and rivers are firing for bass.
TM60s, Micro-Pompadours, Softshell Cicadas, Spytails and the trusty Vibelicious lures have been doing the business for anglers in the know.
Teralba Fishing Club will hold its first event of the year this weekend.
Fishing starts after the raffles Friday night, from about 7.30pm and runs to 3.30pm Sunday then back to the club at Teralba for weigh-in.
Club president John Thoroughgood said it will be a good chance to test out the bowling club’s new outside area for visitors and guests.
For those unfamiliar, Teralba Bowling Club is perched on the lake and boasts jetties and moorings.
The club also has its own boat ramp, so it is the full package in terms of facilities.
“We’ve just installed new jetties to promote more moorings and make it easier to access the club,” John said.
“Membership numbers are now 42 strong and growing.”
Teralba Fishing Club holds outings each month and fundraisers each week from Friday 5.30pm.
Brag mat rights
Teralba Fishing Club has really bought into the lake’s newfound status as a Flathead Trophy Fishery.
Keen to participate in the DPI inititiative, the club approached Fisheries and were delivered a cache of brag mats – and not just normal size brag mats, but big ones – 1200cm.
“As a result, we’ve adapted another trophy and prize for the year,” John said.
“The category is called ‘Best photo of fish on the brag mat prior to release’, and will be awarded for any fish, not just a flathead, that you catch and choose to release.
“Each fish and pic will earn you points towards the end of year trophy and prizemoney.”
It’s a good outcome for club and FIsheries who want to work with the public to encourage sustaining and replenishing stocks, as does Teralba Fishing Club. In fact, istead of releasing flathead 70cm and over, TFC is encouraging our members to release any flathead over 65cm.
“We’ve already seen two flathead measured 96cm and 98cm,” John said.
In terms of lake fishing, apart from flathead, John said there had been a few jew and bream about.
Anyone keen to join TFC should ring John on 0412 684 381.
On February 10 and 11 Teralba Fishing Club will hold an early “Change of Season” barbecue – which will coincide with the club’s Kids and Fishing day, with prizes and trophies on offer for juniors.
“The day will be all about teaching kids how to fish safely, and we’re hoping to get a large response and working hard to ensure it’s safe and enjoyable for families,” John said. “Prior notification for catering would be appreciated.”
For further information, ring John on 0412 684 381.