Estuary

20.9.19

Sadly the last couple of weeks has been cool temps, big seas , wind and heavy rain. There has been the odd day here & there although reports are patchy to none. It appears this weekend the N winds have set in for Saturday at least.

Blackfish & bream are still being taken from the main Breakwall as well as the odd flathead from Jimmies and Bagnells Beachs. Big Garfish hanging around the Anchorage wall. Hopefully with improved conditions next week I’ll have greater detail for you approaching the first weekend of September school holidays. Come-on summer!

5.9.19

Spring has hit with a bang with some great weekday weather this week, but someone has clearly upset the old Zeus as he appears to be punishing us on weekends for some reason – perhaps he has to work!

Sadly, strong Westerly winds are predicated from late Friday afternoon into Saturday with temperatures dropping. Once the wind stops this will be followed by angry ground swell early next week. Let’s hope we get rid of these rubbish weekends as the school holidays are kicking-off at the end of this month and daylight saving starting on 7th October, more sun, more fun!

With the warmer weather 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. Wayne nailing a 75cm one off Little Beach small wharf, she was released to fight another day. This is Wayne’s first fish on a soft plastic, he’s trying the Samaki Vibelicious 70mm, it’s pre-rigged & ready to go. Deadly on flathead & bream, super easy to use, check-out below click;

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

Good news for the boatie’s the council has cleared tonnes of sand from Little Beach Boat ramp this week.

Alanna visiting from Lithgow holidaying with your dad on fathers had a great few days in the Bay getting some nice sand and thumper whiting, only small fish although once filleted make for top-class table fish. I have also had reports of sand whiting from Roy Wood as they work the flats for nippers. 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;

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

Robert fishing with Dennis the Menace fishing the top-end of Nelson Bay Beach South of Fly Point had a great session on the bream during the week with the guys both getting their bag limits of fish in good condition up to 36cm all on salted pillies. Also, worth a crack for flathead in the same spot. Robo reports taylor on metals from the Long Wall at the Anchorage.

Reports from this week were the blackfish are still on the chew, although the fish are still sensitive there were some solid fish taken this week to 44cm mostly on cabbage baits. Weed flies still took some fish.

The fish will be near spawning and will become harder to catch during the next month so I would strongly recommend; go to 6lb leader or lighter, lighter float & with bait less is more. Berley, berley, berley! Try adding a little finely cut-up aniseed to your berley mix or oil. I think making these small adjustments will increase your catch rate. Work the change of tides, berley is making the difference. Make sure you have a long net. Also try small wharf at Little Beach and the Long wall off the Anchorage.

For those interested check out;

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/how-to-catch-luderick-nelson-bay-break-wall/

Or listen too;

https://soundcloud.com/user-352216496/catching-blackfish-nelson-bay-breakwall

This may help increase your catch rate.

Frank reports bream from the Breakwall on prawn and fish bait enough to get a feed. 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.

Reports from the main break wall again this week with King’s harassing schools of Garfish. Live baits, whole squid, stick baits are the go. Although, the kings aren’t big 65-75cm fun on light gear. For those wanting to try a stick bait or understand how they swim check this clip from Patrick Sebile;

https://www.salamanderbaittackle.com.au/clean-born-saltwater-addicted-lures-by-patrick-sebile/

Beach

Girlpower

20.9.19

Sadly the last couple of weeks has been cool temps, big seas , wind and heavy rain. There has been the odd day here & there although reports are patchy to none. It appears this weekend the N winds have set in for Saturday at least.

Bream are still being taken from Birbui Beach on pipi and worm baits. Hopefully with improved conditions next week I’ll have greater detail for you approaching the first weekend of September school holidays. Come-on summer!

5.9.19

The Legend has been doing well from the Big Beach, with bream to 38cm and few solid sand whiting appearing on pipi & worm baits. Apparently, the whiting had row in them, so maybe an early whiting run? Fingers crossed. Check out;

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

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

Ocean Rocks

Groper

20.9.19

Sadly the last couple of weeks has been cool temps, big seas , wind and heavy rain. There has been the odd day here & there although reports are patchy to none. It appears this weekend the N winds have set in for Saturday at least.

Hopefully with improved conditions next week I’ll have greater detail for you approaching the first weekend of September school holidays. Come-on summer!

5.9.19

Hayley Coleborne fishing the rocks at Fingal with her first ever snapper, only a little guy at 34cm he took a salted floating pillie and was last night’s dinner. In fact, it was pan roasted snapper with cherry tomatoes, zucchini & basil. Duffs recipe is place fillet into flour and in super-hot oil add chips with salt then some salt and lemon then beer! In no particular order… Hayley’s looked a lot better and sound super healthy. Nice work with the life jacket, it’s coming people get in early.

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 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.

Check out Jake in this week’s Port Stephens Examiner:

https://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/6361238/hook-a-drummer-hang-on-for-the-ride/?cs=763

Outside

9kg red

Sadly the last couple of weeks has been cool temps, big seas , wind and heavy rain. There has been the odd day here & there although reports are patchy to none. It appears this weekend the N winds have set in for Saturday at least.

Hopefully with improved conditions next week I’ll have greater detail for you approaching the first weekend of September school holidays. Come-on summer!

5.9.19

Shaun ‘The butcher from Medowie’ and Little Pete (The Ex-Butcher) fishing from Sneaky Pete around the Outer Light early this week with some quality table reds. For a couple of butchers these blokes are good on the fish, maybe that’s why every-time I board Little Pete the score board doesn’t light-up…! Their method is simple, anchor, create a berley trail and float baits down & hang-on! I’ll have to talk to Shaun about that shirt he’s wearing!

Little Island producing bonito and Traglan, 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.

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