Well fingers crossed that outside temperatures are on the rise and what appears to be more stable weather conditions. This coming weekend looks fantastic for a fishing adventure. I would now recommend targeting the summer species such as flathead and whiting in the Bay as well as a jewfish. Although in saying that the blackfish are still hanging around the Nelson Bay Breakwall in less numbers but some still in top condition which for this time of year is most unusual.

Mick reports lots of pencil garfish and small poddy mullet around the Upton’s Island racks in Tilligerry Creek he’s also been getting some nice muddies up that way. Wayne and Jock with some solid bream on the in-coming tide change around the Western side of Shag Island on unweighted mullet baits. Winter whiting on the drift West of Shag Island in the deeper water. Reports of mud crabs from North Arm Cove with the odd blue swimmer in the mix.

Southern end of Little Beach flathead to 65cm taken on paddle tail soft plastics at dusk also worth working Shoal Bay Beach under Nelson Head for the same. Nathan reports sand whiting first light at the Western end of Shoal Bay Beach on yabbie baits.

Reports a few weeks ago of some big kingfish cursing the main Breakwall at Nelson Bay although so far, they have been reluctant to take baits or lures. Nick presented a live squid under a bobby cork floats the fish ignored the squid and hit the float!  Reports of some solid jewfish being taken from the main break wall on live bait.

The odd bream being taken here although reports are they are skinny. Worth working Nelson Bay beach front towards fly Point for flathead early morning & late afternoon. Squid from inside the Breakwall on 1.8 size jigs.

Reports of flathead and whiting from both Roywood reserve & Bagnells Beach on high water. Andrew reports flathead too 50cm at Mud Point Tilligerry Creek with the odd blue swimmer in the trap. Reports of sand whiting around 32-35cm mark from Pearson’s Park on beach worms.



Reports from most ocean beaches are the water remains a little chilly with, it’s started to warm up a little. Old Schoey & Beach Fisherman Dave both managed a few whiting and the odd bream on beach worms 4km mark on Birbui. Martin also reports smaller jew around 85cm from Box Beach and John with jew to 12kg from Fingal Bay Beach all on worms the odd bream & salmon in the mix. Frank reports few whiting on the Spit at the high tide change.

My predication would be around another 3 weeks with warmer water temps and a stir-up or two the whiting should start to fire-up.

Nathan getting few bream North End of One-Mile Beach with tailor and salmon being reported from Samurai. Those interested in catching your own beach worms try Box Beach start half tide down and work it too the change. Catching beach worms is just like playing golf, ‘it will come’! Be patient they can be more fun than catching the fish.

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Pete reports drummer were very slow this year although he managed a few 45cm models last week from Boat Harbour. Mark reports some green eye squid from rocks at Birbui. Black fish being taken from Fisherman’s Bay as well some pan sized reds from Telegraph Point on floating fish baits.




Larie fished the sisters twice over the last few weeks with 8kg and 7.5kg snapper one taken on each trip at first light. Peter Silcock into some solid reds yesterday off Big Island with a bonus jewfish from Middle Island on the way home. The 21 and V reefs fishing well for reds and trag. Bonito reported around the outer light. Flathead being taken on the drift at the 20 m mark. Gunsight reef producing snapper to 3kg as well try Big Tommy for snapper and flathead.

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