Local beaches primed to fire
  |  First Published: October 2006

Tailor are one of my favourite fish so I get excited when I true greenbacks are being caught in local waters.

Local Peter Lynham is familiar with our rock fishing hot spots and has been having success casting big metals into the surf off Catherine Hill Bay Beach, producing a nice 3kg fish one day recently. The very next day another local came home with a nice jewfish and a duplicate of Pete’s tailor, another nice fish of 3kg.

It goes to show that the fish are there and with more stable air and water temperatures, October will be no different.

The beaches from Dudley south to Catherine Hill Bay, including Blacksmiths, offer some of the best spots on the east coast as well as easy access, especially for those who do not have a 4WD.

At Dudley Beach access is quite easy. Drive south along Burwood Road and you’ll come across the down hill access road that will lead you to the beach. The northern end of Burwood Road also has a side access road which leads you to the Scout camp and the southern end of Merewether Beach.

Both locations offer seclusion and perfect gutters along with bait-gathering opportunities for pipis and worms. There is no 4WD access on these beaches.

Redhead is the next beach south and is more commonly known as the Nine Mile Beach as it joins Jewells and Blacksmiths beaches.

As for the other beaches, long gutters and plenty of bait banks abound. 4WD access is allowed without a permit.

Catherine Hill Bay Beach is found by turning off just south of Swansea. It’s only a small beach but is seldom crowded with fishos and should not be discounted if you’re a keen beach angler.


There have been yet more reports of plenty of tailor of healthy size being caught in Lake Macquarie. It’s getting to be a regular occurrence so keep it up!

We have also had reports of good flatties and snapper and October is likely to be a very productive month for the snapper. Some of the hot spots are the shallower reefs on the western and southern sides of Pulbah Island, the man-made trench that runs from Green Point west to Fennels Bay bridge and Toronto, the Green Pont drop-over and Valentine Point.

Always use light gear, say 4kg to 8kg, with prawns and mullet the best baits.

The best flathead reports have come from the shallower western side of the lake at places such as Fishing Point, Point Wolstoncroft and Coal Point.


In 2004 the RTA undertook emergency repairs to stabilise the northern pylons of the older western bridge across Swansea Channel. Tonnes of large rocks were dropped at the base of the pylons to fill in the sea bed that had been scoured out by the tide. This month and next, there will be more than 20 truckloads a day of extra ballast which will be loaded onto a nearby barge and dumped adjacent to the existing fill.

It appears that the repairs and maintenance bill are ever-increasing and Lake Macquarie’s only lifeline to the ocean is slowly but surely being choked by band-aid repairs. It’s time the bureaucrats bit the bullet and built either a tunnel or a larger bridge. Either would alleviate effects on the lake.

Local rockhopper Peter Lynham with a typical 3kg-plus tailor which took a metal lure in the surf off Catherine Hill Bay Beach.

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