Daylight saving is this Sunday people- more time to fish!
Reports of 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 those looking for a safe place to take the kids I would recommend Shoal Bay Wharf, Shoal Bay Beach, Little Beach, Sally Shores Wharf, Taylors Beach Wharf or Pearson Park Wharf. For more details check-out:
or if you have a boat & are not familiar with our boat ramps check-out:
In the boat try working the Boulders from Bream, drift Jimmies Beach for sand whiting & flathead. Work the short-cut under anchor on the rising tide for sand whiting on worm and or yabbie baits with 6lb leaders. For Jewfish 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 for a Jewfish, flathead or the odd bream. Work the drop-off’s around Middle Ground for sand whiting and flathead. Up into Tilligerry Creek for mud crabs, flathead and trumpeter whiting.
Chris and Junior Duffgirl Maddie have been fishing Pearson’s Park Wharf at Soldiers Point getting some nice sand whiting bream and the odd blue swimmer into the mix. Maddie not only catches fish but she’s also likes to do the cooking for dad Chris.
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.
Also, worth a try from the main break wall for a rat King or two. 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;
Try Northern-end of Nelson Bay Beach South of Fly Point for bream off the sand. Also, worth a crack for flathead in the same spot. Robo reports tailor on metals from the Long Wall at the Anchorage. Cast onto the sandy beach area from the wall with worm baits for sand whiting. Work Red-patch Point to Sandy Point for flathead on plastics.
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;
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. Ben nailing an 81cm one off Little Beach small wharf, she was released to fight another day. This is Ben’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;
Work the entire length of Little Beach between the wharfs with the tide in for flathead and whiting. Bream from the small wharf and big reds from the long-wharf is the go. Work Shoal Bay Beach from Nelson Head with soft plastics or unweighted fish baits from flathead, a worm on a number 6 baitholder is also the way to go for sand whiting. The boat-ramp at Shoal Bay Beach also producing flathead on fish baits.
For blue swimmers get you’re traps out along Wanda Beach and Sunset Beaches with a few being reported for muddies hit Tilligerry Creek and or Fame Cove – mullet bait is the way to go.