Estuary

Friday 14.2.20

Word on the street is there is garfish in the bay, the best spot is Shoal Bay Wharf so get into those miniature marlin. Fun to catch and great to eat! Also makes great bream & tailor baits.

With all this rain the Commercial Guys are reporting mud crabs this week are chewing mullet baits around Upton’s Island in Tilligerry Creek & North Arm Cove. Not so many reports of blue swimmers but try Taylors Beach, Sunset Beach and Mud Point for a blue swimmer feed.

Handmade crab traps in-store now – for the serious crabber!

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

With a dump of fresh it’s time for targeting Jew in the Bay live bait is the way to go or very fresh/dead. Key Jew spots; work Western side of Middle Island or the Entrance to Fame Cove on the change of tide. The Salamander Wreck is always worth a try. Land-based hit the main Breakwall or the Anchorage Short wall on the tide- change.

This week with super big tides I received more 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;

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/samaki-vibelicious-for-flathead-bream/

Squid are nailing jigs around Little Beach Boat ramp evening and into the night. The squid experts are doing the damage on 1.8 size jigs on a paternoster rig with 000 bomb sinker for weight. Also try Sally Shores Wharf, Shoal Bay Wharf, around the moored boats in Shoal Bay and Pearson’s Park Wharf.

Drift Jimmies Beach for sand whiting & flathead. Work the drop-off’s around Middle Ground for sand whiting and flathead. Try between Red patch Pt & Sandy Pt for sand whiting and lizards.

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.

Wayne Reports bream from the racks around Garden Island 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.

Beach

Friday 14.2.20

This week the beaches have been a little patchy with big seas and full moon phase high tides mixed beach results as the water was a little cooler. The odd whiting being taken from Birbui, Fingal and One-Mile.

It appears 4wd access to Birbui is closed see;

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/worimi-national-park/local-alerts

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. Check-out;

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

Ocean Rocks

Snapper in the Bay

NO UPDATES THIS WEEK DUE TO UNSTABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Friday 31.1.20

Numerous reports of tasty lobsters from Big Rocky, Fisherman’s Bay and Barry Park. Reds to 3kg from the rocks this week around Boat Harbour. 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.  Some nice snapper to 58cm have been reported from the Ledge on fish. Boulder Bay producing bream and green-eyed squid. Reports of Salmon from Sunny Corner and Big Rocky. Reports of Blackfish and small pencil Garfish at Barry Park and around the Ledge.

Outside

NO UPDATES THIS WEEK DUE TO UNSTABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS 

Friday 31.1.20

Tracey fishing with Little Pete took her first Stripped Marlin at 23 fathoms. Little Island producing the odd bonito and Trag., reports form the charter guys is that the V & 21 reefs are producing reds and the odd flathead from the gravel.

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.

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.

The FAD has been a little hit ‘n miss although the Dolphin fish reported have been on reasonable size to 10kg.

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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