Traditionally Autumn is prime land-based game time with action especially at the famous Tomaree Headland.
Longtail tuna, cobia, mackerel tuna and big bronze whaler sharks are all being caught or lost and never seen again.
If you wish to secure a prime location, get there as early as possible. If you don’t like crowds then head south to One Mile Headland, at the southern end of One Mile Beach.
Garfish and yellowtail are the primary baitfish and can be easily caught at both venues.
Fishing from the stones at the moment can also guarantee a feed. Tailor up to 3kg are being caught in good numbers.
Fingal Headland, Box Beach headland and the washes around Boat Harbour are the pick with garfish and fillets of fresh slimy mackerel or bonito optimum baits. Don’t be surprised if a kingie or snapper decides snaffle your bait, plenty are being caught, both big and small.
The beaches continue to produce all manner of species. Many jewfish have been making anglers happy, especially those fishing towards the Signa wreck at the southern end of Stockton Beach.
The proximity of this area to the entrance of the Hunter River has meant the recent freshwater flush has driven many mulloway out onto the surrounding beaches. Some real crackers have been landed over the past month as well as many smaller school fish.
Further towards the northern end of Stocko, plenty of sand whiting, dart and bream can be caught using live or dead beach worms and the pipi is still a fantastic bait with plenty available along the beach.
The offshore fishing is still impressive, especially for those heading to the continental shelf to target marlin.
This season has certainly turned on the variety, I can’t remember any in the past 10 years when more grand slams have been caught so often.
The blue marlin bite this year has been exceptional with many fish too 240kg regularly encountered just on the edge of the shelf.
Those of us that have been trolling skip baits have had a real surprise. I never tire watching the baits skipping along the surface in anticipation of a blue marlin crash-tackling the bait with head and shoulders out of the water.
If the blues are too much to handle then there’s always the mahi mahi around the FAD which have been prolific, with many averaging 10kg-plus.
It seems that our cousins south of the border have discovered our unique marlin fishery with many number plates at the boat ramp being blue and white.
We locals take for granted just how lucky we are to have a world-class fishery at our doorstep.
For those just looking for a feed I suggest drifting the 40m to 50m line due east of Little Island where quality sand flathead are reliable.
Fishing around Broughton Island, especially in the shallows, will have you tangling with hoodlum kingfish as they hunt down the squid that gather in the kelp beds at this time of year.
Those who anchor around North Island will catch plenty of snapper at dawn and dusk and a live bait suspended under a float or small balloon will surely be snaffled by a speedy longtail tuna.
The bay has been fishing well, especially now that the estuary system has had a good flush of fresh water. Those targeting bream have been rewarded with size and numbers around the oyster racks and rock walls.
The luderick have begun their season early due to the rain. Although not in huge numbers, you are almost guaranteed a feed of fresh blackfish as long as you have the correct weed.
Flathead have been in reasonable numbers and you can still manage double figures in the right conditions using those deadly soft plastics.
My suggestion is to get out there while we still have warmer weather and take advantage of those visiting species.Reads: 3767