When cold meets warm
  |  First Published: July 2016

By the time you’re reading this our warm weather should be cooling, and no one can say it’s been uneventful. What a great warm season we had with the currents running solid very close into the coast bringing fish with it. It let medium size fishing boats get out and have a go. It’s been one of the best seasons in years.

Offshore the big guns got stuck into marlin, mostly striped and small blacks, and the numbers were great with some boats tagging and releasing up to ten fish per day. The same can be said about the mahimahi.

Then we had snapper and kingfish in a little closer. The snapper were around in good numbers along with some great morwong, both red and blue.

Tailor were mixed in with spats of school kingfish, and it’s highly likely the kingfish will get bigger and better from here on out.

The back of the washes off Stockton out from the waves have had plenty of anglers filling their eskies with sand flathead, which I can say were probably stacked on each other. Most aren’t huge, but just over legal size.

The beaches themselves off Newcastle have produced great whiting, bream and flathead, with tailor in the afternoons.

The rock hoppers are in on the action with luderick and drummer, and both are in big numbers, but very few have been landed. I talked to a few scuba diving shops and some divers that were leaving the water near the Carry Hole, all said big drummer were out from the rocks along with the luderick, and they said they had another dive the day before off the Glen Rock area and they were thick in close. So I am sure they will start to feed and move around a little more as the water cools.

In the river itself, drifting for flathead has been what has been working the best. Both baits and lures have seen some good catches, and the usual sandy patches out from the north end of Kooragang Island have been the best spot where the two rivers meet. I can’t quite pin it down as to why this area is flathead city, I have jumped to the conclusion that the different arms of the river are at different temperatures, so they congregate there and look for whitebait, sprats and prawns that are washing down back out to sea.

School mulloway love this area also, as there are areas of depths that can go from 12ft down to over 100ft into the shipping lanes. If you can sit over these away from any vessels and have live or the freshest mullet or squid under your boat, you should hook into some nice mulloway and sharks. Unfortunately super sized eagle rays also hang around here, so have your baits up from the bottom.

The blue swimmer crabs kept some people busy and the numbers being taken were incredible. Some families that went out came back with big bucks in a spot I unfortunately can’t tell you, as I’m sworn to secrecy.

Even as I write, it’s fairly mild, but not super cold. We may see what happened about ten years ago, that being warm water and cool water coinciding around all areas of reef, beach and offshore, and we were catching fish that should have moved on… here’s hoping.

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