Check out young Jordan Ridgeway only 7 years old with his first king from the main Breakwall. With a little help from his dad Nick, he tossed out a little live bait then wack! Not a huge fish but a keeper never the less for a 7-year-old it was huge!

Mud Crabs this week are chewing mullet baits around Upton’s Island in Tilligerry Creek & North Arm Cove. Hit Taylors Beach, Sunset Beach and Mud Point for a blue swimmer. Handmade crab traps in-store now – for the serious crabber!

Word on the street is the Hunter & Myall prawns are a little slow this week. Roywood Reserve, Bagnels Beach and Nelson Bay Beach are all worth a prawning adventure you will need; prawn light or underwater torch, prawn scoop net and good footwear.

This week I received a number of reports of flathead, we had a great year last year with the lizards so fingers crossed we can do it again. Best spots this week were Tilligerry Creek, Little Beach, Fly Point (from the sand), Shoal Bay Beach, Taylors Beach, Sandy Point and Jimmies Beach. The fish are being taken on both baits & lures. For bait try salted white baits on no. 4 gangs and for lures try the Samaki Vibelicious 85 or 100mm, it’s a pre-rigged plastic& ready to go. Deadly on flathead & bream, super easy to use (Even I can use them), check-out below click;

Reports of sand whiting from Roy Wood as they work the flats for nippers. Good tides this weekend that coincide with the sunrise. The sand whiting is super aggressive and in 6-10 feet of water will wack a surface lure, Bassday Sugapens are the most sort-after for this type of fishing. Check out this click on how they work;

Reports of bream from the top-end of Nelson Bay Beach South of Fly Point he had a great session during the week with getting his bag limits of most fish in good condition up to 34cm all on salted pillies. Also, worth a crack for flathead in the same spot. Robo reports copper taylor on metals from the Long Wall at the Anchorage.

Reports bream from the Breakwall on prawn and fish bait enough to get a feed, some of the fish have spawned and are on the thin side but a few still in ok condition. Best method 00 running ball sinker onto a 1/0 Mustad Penetrator hook and let the fish take the bait and swim away before striking. Use the bait runner feature on your reel or if not then perhaps consider opening the bail arm to let line peel off freely. Fish at the end of the wall. If fishing night and early morning then berley with chicken pellets or similar for best results.

Anchorage long wall this week of kings harassing schools of baitfish. Estimates the fish to 5kg approx. As we move into summer bigger kings will be on the hunt. Live baits, whole squid, stick baits are the go.  For those wanting to try a stick bait or understand how they swim check this clip from Patrick Sebile;





Reports from the Big Beach of school Jewfish around the 10km mark on beachworms, the fish are around 5-7kg mark. Nice eating size.

Still plenty of late season bream between the 2km-6km mark all on beachworms, few whiting in the mix – fingers crossed they are on the way as we move into December. For those wanting to start beach fishing this year, it’s a lot of fun, very relaxing and gives you the opportunity to catch a fantastic feed – the humble sand whiting is without doubt one the best table fish the hands-down.

To get started check out;

Reports from Fingal bream and taylor taking baits towards the Spit. Work the deeper gutters and holes for best results here, salted pilchard on a set of gang hooks early morning and afternoon is the way to go here. Best beaches for Tailor are Fingal Bay, Box Beach, Stockton Beach & Samurai. Tailor are good eating fresh and lend themselves well for smoking.

Toxic algal bloom detected at Stockton Beach in pipis;

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Green eyes from the rocks around Boat Harbour. If you can find a sheltered bay this weekend the squid is a size 3 jig might be the way to go. Longtail your hunting then the Ledge is the best place to try as well as Sunny Corner, which is located slightly South of the Rocks at the Southern end of One-Mile Beach.

Some nice lobsters around Little Rocky & Barry Park; for those interested we have handmade lobster traps in-store

Some nice snapper to 50cm have been reported from the Ledge on fish. Boulder Bay producing bream and green-eyed squid. Although, they are a lot of sharks. I have also had reports of Fish with small metals around Morna Point for tailor and salmon. Reports of Bonito from Sunny Corner and Big Rocky. Reports of Blackfish and small pencil Garfish at Barry Park and around the Ledge.



Broughton Island has been producing kings and reds this week, with Yoland landing her first rat king I have heard of kings around to 80cm working the surface. Conditions around the Island have been fantastic and the swell is looking ok for this weekend.

Check-out this week’s Port Stephen’s Examiner with Trev’s snapper;

Little Island producing Trag, reports form the charter guys is that the V & 21 reefs are producing reds and the odd flathead from the gravel.

Fingal Island reds to 4kg on sunrise on plastics, white gulp jerk shads seem to be the go-to.

Big Tommy producing Jew to 3kg and the odd red, flathead drift off Wreck beach producing a feed. North Rock delivering reds and bream in the wash. The Sisters small reds and flathead.

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