Estuary

Friday 26.6.20

Check -out this week’s examiner;

https://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/6801927/marine-park-moving-forward/?cs=763

After a week of Westerly winds and cooler temp’s the weekend forecast is looking-up. Bread & butter species have been the way to go this week.

Bream reported on the Breakwall on unweighted salted pilchard baits. 8-Year-old Micheal Perekovic nailing a 38cm model. Moving into the winter months the bream will really start to switch on. Bream are a scavenger feeder and will take a wide variety of baits and lures. Some key spots in the Bay for bream are the break-walls, any of the wharfs, Wanda Headland, the short-cut, piggy’s rock wall just to name a few. Bream from the main Breakwall on prawn and or fish bait. Best method for bream 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.

The blackfish have continued to chew on weed and cabbage baits from the main Breakwall try a 6lb FC leader for more ‘downs.’ Reports of fish from the inside near Simba on weed baits. Tony & Nic Young doing well on Monday before the wind. The key spots are the main Breakwall and Anchorage inside wall near the pipe. Fish 1 hour each side of the tide, heaps of rich berley with each cast, let that float hold under for a few seconds before striking which will increase your hook-up rate. For more information check out;

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

Looking for somewhere to take the kids fishing this weekend:

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

or pop-in the store for a free flyer with all the kid friendly spot, species and baits to use.

For Cuttlefish and Squid try Sally Shores Wharf with heap of small Cuttlefish around and squid. Hit Taylors Beach, Sunset Beach and Mud Point for a blue swimmer, they are late but have started chewing on stinking mullet. Mud Crabs this week are chewing mullet baits around Upton’s Island in Tilligerry Creek & North Arm Cove. Handmade crab traps in-store now – for the serious crabber!

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Beach

Friday 26.6.20

Birbui and Samurai Beaches remain OPEN to 4WD access;

https://worimiconservationlands.com/

Old Schoey with some solid bream being taken from the Birbui end of Stockton Beach on pipi and mullet baits around 4km mark. The fish this time of year are in top condition. The water temp. still warm for this time of year with a few winter whiting hanging around, the fish around 30cm – still taste like summer ones! Pipi baits the way to go. I like fishing early morning and or late afternoon and into the night. Although, if the days remain overcast then fishing during the day will be defiantly worth a try.

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

Some big tailor from Fingal Beach on 40-gram Halco spinners. Other reports of tailor to 65cm being taken on fish baits and metals from open beaches, they are solid greenbacks. Best beaches for Tailor are Fingal Bay, Box Beach, Stockton Beach & Samurai. Tailor are good eating fresh and lend themselves well for smoking.

Solid bream and tailor taken from the Middle of Samurai beach with the odd Salmon in the mix.

Ocean Rocks

Friday 26.6.20

Reports of reds from Telegraph Point to 3kg on whole squid baits. Big Rocky producing squid and I hear it’s very well worth dropping a lobster trap in. Boat Harbour and Fisherman’s Bay have been producing pan sized reds to 65cm on floating salted pilchard baits. Try using a 2 hook snell rig with a light running sinker, say 5/0 or 6/0 hooks which will accommodate full pilchard, strip-bait or whole squid.

Reports of blackfish from Birbui Point & Boats Harbour on cabbage baits.  Middle Rock throw onto the sand with a beachworm for a school jewfish or hit the blackfish, there’s plenty of cabbage on there to use. Be sure to pick the tide and sea conditions.

Fingal Island, you can cross Fingal Spit under correct conditions, be sure to check, tide & sea conditions. Mitch reports reds to 65cm from the Island this week on floating pillies. The Island makes for great snapper rock fishing. The Grit Hole is a great spot for bream with drummer being caught around the island as well.

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Some nice snapper to 60cm have been reported from Barry Park. 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 from Fisherman’s Bay and Boat Harbour.

 

Outside

Friday 26.6.20

Outside conditions looking a little bumpy for the weekend;

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

Fish the Outer Light nailing with reds to 2kgs on floating prawn/fish baits. Reports of trag from 21 reef and flathead at the 40m mark on the drift, some of the fish went 60cm.

Try Big and Little Island in the washes from bream and reds. Reports of Bonito on Halco metals off Boat Harbour and Fingal Island. Big Tommy Reef producing small jewfish and reds.

Please see posted reef locations from Swansea to Port Stephen’s

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