Estuary

13.12.19

 

As Summer School holidays come closer, if you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids then check out;

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/port-stephens-4-top-school-holiday-fishing-spots/

Or simply come on in-store and we can take you through the free fishing map with some key locations.

Flathead this week have been the ‘talk of the town’ with some solid Dusky lizards being taken. Congratulations to Nikita fishing at the Old Karuah Bridge with solid lizard to start her flathead fishing career rolling. Robbo fishing the Anchorage Long Wall with salted slimy fillets nailed 83cm fish & Little Pete trolling the main Breakwall from Kings with a live slimy nailed a solid lizard that inhaled an entire live bait.  Also try Sandy Point, Roywood Reserve, Nelson Bay, Little & Shoal Bay Beaches – work either plastics and or bait.

The old Karuah Bridge producing school jewfish and bream on plastics and bait, Peter Silcock nailing a 40cm breambo around the bridge. A little further West is the new bridge look around the Northern side of the new bridge some deeper drop-off’s to around 5 plus fathoms. Great spot at the change of tide to live bait for a Jewfish, sound out the area and identify the bait, herring & hardy heads schooled up may have some big fish waiting below. The water temp. around 23 degrees.

Some other key spots for Jewfish in the Bay are Short Wall at the Anchorage casting East to the drop-off which gets to around 6 fathoms. Main Breakwall at Nelson Bay, Western side of Middle Island and the Steps at the Entrance to Fame Cove.  As these areas are deeper and run hard, so fishing the change of time with live bait is the way to go. Also, worth hitting the Salamander Wreck or the sunken house boat. The Tea Gardens Bridge is another key jewfish spot although be prepared as it’s shallow they hit and fight much harder.

Word on the street is that there are solid kings to a metre cruising the main-Breakwall, I hear a few big fish were lost this week. Worth working a live bait or if they are working the surface stick-baits or poppas.

Continued reports this week of crabs. Karuah River producing muddies and blue swimmers. Bigger blue swimmers reported this week. For blue swimmers get you’re traps out along Wanda Beach and Sunset Beaches. For muddies hit Tilligerry Creek, Fame Cove or North Arm Cove– mullet bait is the way to go. Whole mullet is the way to go. Please remember to mark your crab floats correctly so the DPI don’t seize them. For all the local crabbing rules;

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/654963/Port-Stephens-recreational-crab-fishing-guide.pdf

The water temp. has increased, reports sand whiting taking sugar pen surface lures high tide at Roywood Reserve, Tanilba Bay & Jimmies Beach.

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/bassday-sugapen-surface-lures-for-bream-whiting/

More and more reports of sand whiting continue this week from Salamander Bay and Tilligerry Creek More reports of muddies this week from Tilligerry creek. For trumpeter whiting, drifting between Soldiers Point Boat ramp and Middle Island with the odd flattie in the mix. The trumpeter whiting (also known as winter whiting) only small fish although once filleted make for top-class table fish. There is no minimum size although a bag limit of 20 is in place. Great fun for the kids to catch. These fish love a small prawn and or beachworm. Also try the drifts West of One Tree and Shag Islands.

For information on saltwater bag and size limits as well as fish ID you can download our Fish Smart app. The app provides 24/7 access to info on the differences between a range of similar species. For more information about Fish Smart, including how to download it, see https://bit.ly/2zv1Ilw.

Arrow squid being taken around Little Beach boat ramp in the late afternoon, also worth a try inside the main marina. Hit Sally shores wharf for bream, squid and the odd pelagic from the end of the wharf. Always worth live baiting out to the deep channel which runs about 80m from the end of the wharf.

Beach

13.12.19

The beaches have been on the improve this week, with some solid sand whiting coming from Birbui and Fingal Bay Spit. The weekend weather looks good – Live Beachworms are in-store and are deadly on the whiting.

One-Mile Beach producing bream, whiting and odd school jewfish. Reports this week of sand whiting to 36cm being taken on beachworms just South of Middle Rock at first light. Fish slightly South of Middle Rock in the gutter, beachworms are the way to go there. Further North try Samurai Beach for, Tailor, Salmon and bream. Samurai is also a great beach to set-up for a Jew.

Box Beach is also worth a throw for tailor, salmon and bream. It’s a deep beach with little formation although the Southern end next to the rocks, or on the rocks is the way to go.

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/catching-whiting-from-the-open-beaches-port-stephens/

Ocean Rocks

13.12.19

Plenty of bait schools around Mrs. Murphy’s & The Ledge. Some nice snapper to 58cm have been reported from the Ledge on fish.

Fisherman’s Bay and Barry Park. Reds to 1.5kg from the rocks this week around Boat Harbor. Green-eyes around Fisherman’s Bay. If you can find a sheltered bay this weekend the squid is a size 3 jig might be the way to go.

Boulder Bay producing bream and green-eyed squid. Reports of Salmon from Sunny Corner and Big Rocky.

Reports of Blackfish from Boat Harbor and Birbui all on cabbage baits.  Tailor and Reds taken off Fingal Island with the odd bream from the Grit Hole.

Outside

13.12.19

Saturday morning is looking ok weather wise – light winds in the morning and slight sea –

https://www.willyweather.com.au/nsw/hunter/anna-bay.html

 

Little Pete fishing Little & Big Island’s with some solid reds to show for his trouble. Plenty of bait in the water plus a couple of Blue Fish, swimming with the school.

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/fish-species/species-list/bluefish

The water temp. around Little Island at 19.4 degrees but around Tommy Rocks at Fingal Island near 21. Worth dropping a lobster pot against the rocks on the Northern side of Fingal Island towards the Spit.

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. Sisters South working well for reds to 2kg at first light.

Only small dollies reported this week. Little Island producing the odd bonito in the warmer water and Trag., reports form the charter guys is that the V & 21 reefs are producing reds and the odd flathead from the gravel.

Sand Hill reef for reds and jewfish with the odd flathead hanging around the gravel sand edge. Reports of snapper to 3kg from The Tank and Uralla reefs also Jewfish to 5kg at the Tank and the odd small king.

Great time of the moon phase to hit the reefs for trag. Also reports of striped marling at 80 fathoms. Although, yesterday the sea was a little choppy , near to no swell when the wind drops-off.

FAD is out!

Port Stephens32° 46.967′152° 24.703′Tomaree – 22.5120

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fish-aggregating-devices

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