2019 Trailer Boat is coming soon ONLY 2 Weekends away!
2019 Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament. The dates are 5, 6, 7 April and entries are open online at www.tbft.net.au
NB: There is a new website up & running which addresses most of the issues we experienced last year with drop outs, etc.
Wayne reports some fantastic fish from the small wharf at Little Beach. Wayne has been targeting both bream and flathead on mullet strips, taking a 78cm flathead (released) during the morning high. Night has produced bream with one fish tipping the scales at 1.5kg cleaned, Wayne said the average bream are around 800 grams and all in top condition full of milk/row. Casting towards the Boathouse Restaurant with a running sinker is the way to go.
Monday, I had an unconfirmed report of a Long Tail being taken at the Entrance to Fame Cove from a previously reliable source – so take this info with a “grain of salt’ although Long Tails were taken at the Sisters Tuesday (See Outside Report). If your keen for a Longtail then look for them working the bait schools in the Bay. Best spots to try would be The Ledge or Sally Shores Wharf ballooning out approx. 80m off the end to the 40m channel with a live bait.
Increased reports of bream from the Nelson Bay Breakwall on fish baits. The fish also appear in good condition. If fishing inside the Marina try in amongst the moored boats with no sinker and open bail arm or free spooling, let the fish pick the bait up and swim away before setting the hook. If fishing on the outside 00 free running ball sinking is recommended. At the beginning of the bream season berley is recommended, soaked chicken pellets work well. Shape into a ball, which allows it to sink prior to disbursing into the water, the fish will find their way to the source. When cleaning your catch check the gut cavity for the berley. It works. Nathan reports the odd blackfish from inside the marina on cabbage baits.
So that little bit of rain did spark some Jewfish activity with reports of fish coming from both break walls. If you’re keen to catch a Jewfish the best land-based spots are the main Breakwall, The Anchorage short wall and the end of Sally Shores Wharf. For the boat try around both Karuah Bridges or the Tea Gardens Bridge. A live slimy/yellow or whole squid and you’re in with a big chance. For those that like using lures, when the water dirties-up white 7’ paddle tails would be the go. Bright coloured lures would get good results in dirty water.
Tony and Nick Young have been fishing Shoal Bay Wharf reporting solid catches of Garfish. Fish the Western side early morning, you need to get there early to bet the crowd. Basically, they like anything white, Berley is key to attract the fish, they love soaked chicken pellets. Bait a number 12 hook on a floating rig and hang – on! They do travel further into the Bay hanging around Sally Shores Wharf although they tend to concentrate their numbers in Shoal Bay.
Ian Mcnabe fished in the Pirtek challenge Sunday, he managed 5 flathead to 50cm and some Leaping Bonito that were busting up in Shoal Bay on small metals as well as the odd green-eyed squid. Continued Reports of rat kings working the surface inside the Nelson Bay Marina.
Arrow squid in the afternoon at Little Beach, work your jigs from the long wharf across the boat ramp and from the beach. Small 1.8g get the best results, try a more aggressive action with the jig, sometimes a couple of hard pulls with the rod then let the jig sink back down before a slow turn of the reel then two more pulls of the rod and repeat.
Green eyes being taken from Shoal Bay Wharf and in amongst the boats moored off Shoal Bay, this spot has been producing squid for the last 4 weeks.
Simon Hofer fished the Southern side of Tilligerry Creek off Nelson Bay road taking some solid bass to 50cm on surface lures. Black appears to be the colour delivering results.