A super weather window is open this weekend, and anglers are being urged to jump through it.
The forecast is for mild westerly winds on Saturday, dropping away to nearly nothing on Sunday, with virtually no rain or swell.
“If you don’t go fishing this weekend, you’ll want to have a good excuse,” Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fishermans Warehouse at Marks Point, said.
“These weather windows rarely present and people should take advantage while they’re there.”
Water temps inshore have been hovering around the 20-21 degree mark and we’ve seen a realy nice run of reds.
“From legal size up to around the 2kg mark,” Jason said.
“Not huge but a lof of fish with bumps on the head meaning they’re pushing beyond the 1.5kg size.”
Jason reckons with the great forecast and warm water, all inshore reefs will come into play.
“This is snapper, bream, tarwhine, tailor and trag time,” he said.
“May is always very productive for reds, there’s plenty of trag about, mountains of bait. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see a run of pearl perch.
“They pushed down this time last year and with that current out there now, you never know.”
Brent “Hammer” Hancock, from Tackle World Port Stephens reports there were a few striped marlin caught off Port Stephens on Monday.
“Paul Horne, of Zac Attack lures fame , managed three from three stripes on his lures,” Hammer said.
“The water seems to have pushed down after the recent southerly and hopefully it stays for a couple more weeks.”
Old boys unite
With that thought in mind, Jason is “getting the band back together” for a shot on the Shelf this Saturday.
The band we’re talking about here is the old crew of the gamefishing boat Running Bear.
Partners in crime Nunn, Duncan Manderson, brothers Luke and Mark Stansfield and Steve Riley have dragged themselves out of “retirement” or “softness” or whatever Jason wants to sledge his mates with, and are looking forward to a bit of action.
“Last weekend there was a 337.5kg blue marlin caught on 24kg line by the team on Ambition off Sydney,” Jason said.
“It’s a pending Australian record. Also there were yellowfin caught pushing up and over 70kg.
“So with the weather on our side, we’re going to venture out for a crack.
“By the looks of it there’s still a lof of fishing left in this game season.
“There’s been a great run of big tiger sharks caught out wide too.”
Salmon have started turning up on beaches around Swansea and Blacksmith and inside Lake Macquarie as well.
“They’re not everyone’s favourite, but they are fun to catch,” Jason said.
“My son Pat got nice flathead, tailor and found salmon in the lake working bait schools off Coat Point this week.
“This Wedneday and Thursday we’ve been selling a stack of pilchards which is always an indicator ther’s salmon about.
“Love or hate them, everyone likes to catch fish.”
Meanwhile, anglers have been getting jew, flathead and tailor throughout the lake, with bait in fine supply.
“The tailor seem to be everywhere, scattered throughout the lake and I’d even expect you’d get them off the rocks at the moment,” Jason said.
Long tail linger
Brent reports the long tail tuna are still about inside Port Stephens and around the headlands.
“It’s typical this time of year and I reckon we can xpect them for another month,” he said.
“There’s been a couple caught, some up to 20kg. Inside the bay you can spin for them with metals. Around the headlands, a lot of guys are live-baiting for them.
“Young Jack Hemming has been nailing a few.
“They’re chasing gar fish and frog mouth pilchards which are about.”
The Thompson brothers, Bryce and Hayden, weighed a couple of cobia the other day – one 26kg and 24kg.
”It was definitely luck of the draw,” Hammer said. “They’re a hard species to target as they tend to just turn up. The boys were fishing for snapper fishing at the time, and got one on a dead bait and one on a live bait.”
Beaches have been firing for mullet and bream.
“The pros have been having a field day,” Hammer said.
“There’s some good tailor turning up too and a few salmon around, which again is typical this time of year.
“Bream are gathering in numbers inside the bay
“And with the warm days, there’s still plenty of nice flathead about.
“Also been some great jew caught up the back of the estuary.
“Josh Sowter got some beauties there the other day with fish up to 19kg,”