Estuary

Thursday  13.12.18

Piet aboard ‘Mistress’ nailed this solid king while working whole squid along the main break wall at Nelson Bay. For Kings target the Main Breakwall as well as the Anchorage. Also, worth working the Salamander Wreck and Middle Island. Worth either poppas, stick baits or baits and hang-on these torpedo shaped fish will move at a rate of knots and if around any type of structure so gear up!

Trumpeter whiting are on the chew just off the boat ramp at Soldiers Point. Shane again this week has been fishing Sandy Point with our metho beach worms and has sand whiting to 35cm-38cm for his efforts. Target sand whiting with beachworms and yabbies along Corlette Point, Sandy Point and Wanda Beaches. Try using poppas and mid diving hard bodied lures along Roywood Reserve at high water for sand whiting, they are super aggressive on lures.

Roywood Reserve, amongst many others, is also a great place to gather your own bait, the humble yabbie is a top-class bait for most estuary fish, whiting, bream, flathead & Jew all love them. Super easy and plentiful to gather, you are permitted to keep 100 for bait. Bait keeper style hooks are recommended to be used with yabbies as they stop the yabbie from sagging making it look more natural on the hook.

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/baiting-beachworms/

Dean ‘The Bread Man’ nailed a 50cm bream from inside the marina on bread, big fish which if accurate I would estimate 2kgs plus. Check out

https://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/5804387/breakwall-ports-top-fishing-hot-spot/?cs=763

December 12 2018 – 2:00PM

Something Fishy | Nelson Bay Breakwall, port’s top fishing hot spot

John ‘Stinker’ Clarke

More reports this week from the Eastern side of Corrie Island before the Short-cut of sand whiting to 35cm in top condition being taken on beachworms while at anchor. I would recommend a light 6-8lb fluro carbon leader for best results. Fish a light running sinker with a size 8-6 bait keeper style hook. The bait keeper hook allows soft baits to sit more naturally on the hook as opposed to sagging into a clump.

I again hear of some small bonito in the Bay, spots worth trying are Sally Shores Wharf, Shoal Bay Wharf & both Break walls. Small metals 7-14grams are the way to go.

Ian working his chase bait flick prawn along Shoal Bay Beach has been doing well with the flathead, over the last few days he has nailed fish to 65cm. No matter the flathead size they have a large mouth and are no shy to take a big lure. Also try Nelson Bay Beach, Little Beach, Sandy Point and Roywood Reserve for lizards.

Target flathead this summer as it’s the time of year to get that 1 metre plus PB. Remember flathead are an ambush hunter and as you can see small fish will take larger lurers look for deep drop off’s, edges of weed beds where they meet the sand or rock areas. Target underneath wharfs, oyster racks as the tide rises bringing the bait fish in the flathead are buried in hiding ready to attack. Try multiple casts in the same location before moving on, it may be the case that you’re lure passes-by many times before the flathead will reveal itself.

The ‘Prince of Shoal Bay ‘has reported some solid blue swimmer action along Mud Point, getting 10 large male swimmers with good meat content. The ‘Prince’ said the water was around 22 degrees. Just a point to note ‘The Prince’ also said one of his pots was found open, empty and a claw inside. The crab thieves sadly are active, so if you noticed anything suspicious contact 1800 043 536 or visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/compliance

Reports of muddies at the entrance to the Karuah River just off from the Oyster Racks. Reports of Blue swimmers from the West side of Garden Island as well as the odd bream on fish baits. Reports of mud crab activity around Taylors Beach and more blue swimmers starting to appear up into Tilligerry bear Upton’s Island.  For mud crabs think mangroves and the more upper reaches off Tilligerry and Karuah. For blue swimmers work the weed beds, Sunset & Wanda Beaches around Soldiers Point for example.

Fish the new Wharf at Taylors Beach for bream on the first 2 hours of the run out tide. Bereyling can be an added advantage there. Fish for trumpeter whiting west of Garden Island on the drift using peeled prawn and gulp plastic beachworms, also drifting mullet strips and picking up a few flathead up to 45cm. Also, the crabs are starting to get more plentiful. Reports of sand whiting to 33cm from Corlette Point into Salamander Bay, worms, yabbies and poppers will do the trick. Also target Sand whiting around Sandy Point, Shoal Bay Beach and Nelson Bay Beach.

Remember Duffs Kids Competition starting 17th December, weekly draws, great prizes for the kids.

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/competitions/

Beach

Thursday 13.12.18

The Ocean Beaches this week have taken off with a bang. Old Schoey from Anna Bay is reporting some nice fish from Birbui all taken on Beach Worms. The whiting are now appearing in numbers with some solid fish caught, some 2 at a time.

More whiting are starting to appear every week, December, January and February are the peak whiting months. Best beaches for whiting are Stockton, One-Mile, Samurai and Fingal Bay. Great summer fun and top-class table fish.

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

Fish Box Beach at the Southern end near the rocks for jew and bream. Reports of plenty of beach worms at Box Beach, remember 20 worms and or pieces per fisho. Reports is there are some whiting being taken from Fingal Bay Beach, work from the Spit South along the beach worms would be the best bait.

These fish are cruising the sandy bottom looking for worms, not just any worm but beachworms, this is the beachworms natural environment – Beachworms live on the beach!

TIP: The best bait for whiting in summer is the beachworm ‘It’s common sense’

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/baiting-beachworms/

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/preserving-live-beach-worms/

Ocean Rocks

Thursday 13.12.18

Timmy has been getting some nice pan sized reds from Cemetery Point on Baby Bottle squid. Timmy say’s first light is the time to have you’re line in the water.

Tailor and salmon nailing metals from rocks at the Northern end of Samurai beach. Work Telegraph Point for snapper and kings with floating fish baits. Try a stick bait or poppa for the kings.

Reports of garfish schools around Barry Park for the second week in a row. Try your lobster pots from Little Rocky and Barry Park. Work clam bays with kelp for green eyed squid. Remember to let your jig sink to just off the bottom to bring the squid out from the kelp.

Outside

Thursday 13.12.18

‘ The Prince of Shoal Bay ‘ reports big slimies on the western side of Little Island. Rodger Adamson fished the Outer 21 Reef with 6 reds to 2kg and 4 trag all on pillies. The word around Broughton Island is that Jim’s Leap is producing reds to 3kg plus and Cod Rock working well for bigger snapper with live bait. Simo nailed 2 kings at North Rock trolling a live bonito. Also reports from Edith Breaker of reds to 5kg on plastics. Water temp. around 22 degrees.

The FAD has been deployed; GPS mark below, although no reports of Dolphin Fish as yet – come on warmer water!

 

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

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