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  1. G'day Raiders, With the holiday season fast approaching I receive many PM's asking for places to fish LB, ocean, rock estuary etc. I generally respond to all at length and provide as much information as I can to give our members the best possible chance to catch fish. So what I am writing here is an overview of the area and most of the general locations that are productive year round. I do not claim that this will guarantee that you will catch a trophy fish or your bag limits, nor do I claim that I am some fishing god of port stephens (far from it), this is merely a summary to assist any member travelling to port stephens, based on my approximately 20years experience of fishing the area. Estuary and the bay- Probably the most productive place in the bay would be the breakwall in nelson itself. You can catch many species there from bream, luderick kingfish and even jew. This wall offers land based fishing and those fortunate to have a boat can make the most of the deep channels that run off it. The wreck at corlette offers the chance of that elusive jew also and can resemble a carpark this time of year. The bay has many places that you can catch flathead and whiting. Drifting any of the beaches within the bay in 2-5m of water around an afternoon high tide is best time to target flathead. LB fishos can do the same thing walking and casting lures. My favourite lure for chasing flatty is a 100mm bloodworm wriggler or 80mm silver fox. When it's warm, a 5inch jerk shad in pilchard is a killer. The whiting are in numbers year round and most are trumpeter whiting which have no legal size limit and taste the same as their cousins. (sand whiting) Fishing the racks from soldiers point to tiligerry creek will pay dividends on your bread and butter species also. North arm cove is a great spot for these as well, but it may also pay to take a few crab traps when there on as you can be handsomely rewarded. If your trying to hide from the N/E winds can be tough but hawks nest/tea gardens is your best bet and can produce thumping flatty up there, especially with the run of the prawns. I've heard of a few unstoppable jew in 3-4m of water there too around the bridge pylons. Middle Island adjacent the boat ramp also has some deep holes and many of jew have been caught there too. Bait: There are plenty of area's in the bay to collect bait. You can pump nippers at corlette or taylors beach at low tide. The wharf at soldiers point often holds slimies, yakkas and garfish. Squid is any weedy patch within the bay but the most productive spot is shoal bay just before the heads. Live whiting for jew in the bay is gun bait. My theory on fishing the bay is that the bay fishes best 2hrs before low to low. This is when I've caught most of my jewfish especially if it coincides with a low light period. With the exception of the late afternoon flatty session at high tide. Rock fishing- First of all I must say that I practice rock safety and there are many places that are fishable but can change at a moments notice. You can fish anywhere between Birubi Point, Fingal Bay and Tomaree headland. These areas hold a variety of fish and constantly changes with the season. To name a few spots that are the most productive are: cemetery point anna bay, any of the headlands of boat harbor and boulder bay, sunny corner at one mile and of course tomaree headland itself. There are people on this forum with way more experience than me from the stones, so I wont go into methods and techniques but you are able to catch anything from snapper to longtail at some of these locations. Beaches- The obvious stand out for this area is Stockton beach and is 39km long and only accessible by 4wd for the most part. You are able to fish at Birubi and walk up but most of the deep channels are further up the beach. The best area is about 7km north of the signa wreck and is where the most channels are. During the winter months, this is a gun spot to chase jewfish on the run of the mullet. Fingal beach at the spit is a great place to throw lures for flatty and whiting but be cautious with the tide flow and sand banks. Many of tourist have drowned in this area thinking they can walk to the island. The south end of wreck beach and box beach on low light periods will produce salmon and tailor. You can use a variety of baits and lures and is generally a very quiet area away from the crowds. Middle rock at one mile will produce almost anything and can be another great area to target jewfish. I've caught a few there and the channels near the rock itself are worth a shot. The other side is Samuri beach which is another great beach to fish from but it comes with a warning as it is a NUDE beach and only accessible by 4wd. (take whatever tackle you want ) Baits: Beach worms, mullet fillets and pilchards I find are they best baits to use in these areas Ocean- During the summer months if you are heading offshore there are many of places you target different species. The islands out the front of the headlands area great place for a not so confident or new to boating destination for trolling or fishing islands and the washes chasing snapper. In saying this, know your limits! The entrance to the headlands can be a dangerous area to navigate and is known as "the rips". That is because you can often be faced with a southerly wind, an exiting tide and an easterly swell, all bouncing off the headlands and makes it like a washing machine. The islands out front normally hold many bonito and the best method is trolling. The occasional kingfish is caught there, as well as fishing the washes early morning for snapper. Unweighted baits thrown into a burley trail should produce a few. Broughton Island is the go to place, my favourite spots in this area are, the sisters, cod rock and north rock. Other areas worth mentioning are, the gibber, the little gibber, 21 and airforce reefs, the V and the pinnacles. All of these marks can be found in the GPS section of this forum in which I placed a post GPS Marks Port Stephens. The landmines or fish traps east from broughton in about 100-120m of water will hold dollies during the warmer months. Seal rocks is also a great place to fish but remember, it's a long way in a trailer boat and requires a fair amount of fuel. Marlin: Well if you come here to chase marlin then there is no need for any information because your guess is as good as mine! Bait: It is plentiful up here and doesn't require much effort usually. Out the front of tomaree headland 30m near the big crack (mrs murphys) is a great place for slimy and yakkas. There is also bait station at cabbage tree island. Be cautious as this is a sanctuary zone and bait fishing only. No dropping anchor either. Notes: There are many sanctuary zones up here and it is your responsibility to have maps and know the area you are fishing. They are patrolled regulary and my advise to anyone heading offshore would be to have the appropriate equipment as well. Marine rescue operate 24/7 and it is worth checking in before leaving the bay. Don't forget to check off though. Well, I hope that has given you some insight into this area. I'm often out and about in the area's I've just described, so please feel free to say hi or come and join me. I'll be in a haines hunter 470 breeze with SCRATCHIE written on the boat. And please, whether you are land based or fishing from a boat, TAKE YOUR RUBBISH WITH YOU! Tight lines all, Cheers scratchie!!!
  2. Gday Raiders I received a last minute invitation to join a few friends up to Port Stephens for the week. A few calls later and with leave approved at work it was on. Of course, it would have been silly to visit this beautiful place without reaching out to local legend @Scratchie to say hello and to also invite him onboard for a fish. Jeff and i had tried to get this meet together for a few years now but logistics proved difficult the last few times. It was all very last minute but luckily Jeff had an opening and we locked it in for Monday morning ! So we met at the ramp at 5am and were on our merry way. A quick sound around cabbage tree island for bait but none there so we moved on to maximise fishing the first light. Scratchie fished plastics whilst i stuck to baits with a pea sized sinker. Scratchie did a fantastic job explaining and navigating the many marine parks around the islands all whilst imparting his wisdom about plastics fishing for snapper (at which i am yet yo learn). There was plenty of bait stacked on the sounder but the reds just werent there. As we approached the edge of a reef Scratchie proceeded to tell me about the David and Goliath battle that has been unfolding over the last few years between him and whiskers... "this is where Whiskers lives Sam". A few casts later and Jeff had a huge strike followed by an immediate bust off. Jeff was absolutely gutted, but did a great job holding in the dissappointment. To quote " you would have learnt a few new words Sam" 🤣 We proceeded to move around the island fishing the permitted zones when we came across some surface action. We wacked on two lures in the Christmas tree colors and did some trolling. On the first pass we managed a double hook up of two rat kings, second pass one more rat and then third pass had a huge strike on Jeff's Saragosa. The head shakes were violent followed by a huge run. Jeff played the fish like a champ and we both agreed it was a solid king. I soon noticed the boat was spinning in circles and it was just about this time Jeff had the fish in sight and said " its a Tuna!!, a yellowfin" Both panic and excitement racheted up to the next level. Do you have a gaff ? Nope, shit how do we get it in the boat. Try getting its head in the net, didnt work. In the end i just reached over grabbed the tail and lifted it into the boat. An unexpected but welcome catch ! High fives all round. @Scratchie thanks for an awesome day on the water mate, good company, good fishing in one of the best places in Australia. Ps @Berleyguts we both discussed it and agreed that any replies to this post are forbidden from including any mention of chores, housework etc etc 😅 Thanks for reading fellas.
  3. Did our annual April trip to Port Stephens in anticipation of catching some jewfish, snapper and possible longtail tuna. We had failed the past two seasons with tuna due to the big down pours we had around the Easter break, so this year decided to go after the second week of the school holidays so history wouldn’t repeat. But what a bad decision it was with guys catching longtail left right and centre from the intel I got from Scratchie . Not all was lost though.. I did a jewfish session on Saturday up in the bay which resulted in two huge Jew which both went 120+cm a new PB for myself😋 both were captured on live slimies an hour either side of the tide change. With so much fish and the new jewfish bag limits we left them biting Then on Monday meet up with @Scratchie who was sick as a dog from a bad flu 🤧 but the good bloke he is he battled on and came out. The idea was to head to Broughton for some snapper action but the southerly 2.3m swell put a stop to that quick smart So plan B was to hide behind Fingal and try a few spot around there but there was an infestation of red weed. Then went back to shoal bay for a flathead flick on sp but after half and hour we agreed to go back up ramp and spend some time with the family as it was last days of school holidays also Jeff was in urgent need of some coldrals.  We then tried an evening Jew sesh but only got hassled by squid eat our livies along with tangles and wobigong shark.  Still a memorable trip and can’t wait till June for @Scratchie snapper meet with the raiders.  Till the next post tight line raiders
  4. G'day raiders, Headed out today with a mate in his boat and we were keen to get a few to weigh in for our fishing club. We only decided Thursday to head out over a few beers with no real plan in mind. So we get to ramp at 6am, launch and straight out the heads. We were greeted by some really wind blown chop which made drifting for livies a real pain in the ass! Then my mates bait well didn't work, the slimies weren't there, but there were more sweep than you could poke a stick at. We decide to head straight up to broughton with the bait we've got and catch some up there. With the conditions the way they were we headed wide a little and set out the lures to troll up there. I explained we needed to troll at no more than 8knot but I think that was lost somewhere in translation hence the chance of landing anything. So we were at least there in time for a few snapper in my favourite spot but we seem to continue past there and over to his spot. Hmmmm!!!! Ok new plan. Well, we wasted the best part of the morning dropping baits with pickets everywhere. I decided to change bait and rig. I drop down and come up tight. Nice little fight with a few head shakes and up comes a nice 60cm sand flatty and a PB for me on that species. I was pretty happy with that but this was the snapper spot, hmmmm! Anyway, we moved around from place to place and caught a million sweep, wrasse, baker and enough just legal size snapper to start an aquarium but nothing I was after. We managed 5 decent sized flatty for the table. But you learn something every time you go fishing and today for me, it was to make my own plan! It was still great to be out with a mate on the water. Cheers scratchie!!!
  5. G'day raiders, Had planned to catch up with mate and fellow raider Dom this arvo and hopefully chase some snapper off the rocks. Well, the wind conspired against us so I had to change plans and I decided we go for a fish off the nelson bay breakwall. So Dom brought a mate along and I took the two eldest boys along and we arrived right on the tide change. With Dom being a plastic specialist and me with my hybrid technique the lines went out and the fish gods favored me first, a nice healthy bream! From then on it was constant hook ups and many fish landed and dropped. Doms mate tried fishing my way and landed a few too, that he was pretty happy about. I even convinced Dom of my technique and he gave in and landed a nice 35cm+ bream. Not to be our done, I landed a cracker that bricked me twice but I managed to land him after some freespool and put some hurt on him. As the light began to fade it was time for a few more casts and then it was scratchie jnrs turn. He got a new rod today for his birthday tomorrow and what a way to christen it with a cracking bream and a PB for him going just under 40cm. All up we probably landed 15-20 bream between us. Released most but kept a few for the table! Not a bad afternoon. For a bit of further information for those visiting the bay, I ran into 3 blokes who had been chasing kings further down the wall. In 3 days they have hooked 8 kings between 3 of them and they have not landed one. I thought there gear might have been a bit limp but when I seen his Stella 10000 and 80lb line and the trebles pull of his popper, I got pretty excited. There's some big fish out there! Thanks for reading, Cheers scratchie!!!
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    HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY JEFF I hope you had a wonderful day mate. Regards Stewy and Donna
  7. G'day raiders, Just a quick report because of the size of the guppie but I dusted off the yak this arvo and managed to get out for a flick with my mate. He landed one bass and I picked up a tiddler but yes you heard right, there are bass in port stephens! My mate says they get much bigger than that, can't wait but at least I know they're there! Cheers scratchie!!!
  8. G'day raiders, Just a quick report. We hit broughton island today in search of a few snapper. With the weather expected to be great with not much wind, anticipation was high. We did well in the morning and I managed a nice snapper and between us we dropped a few also. I also managed a good bream going 38cm while the others played with a few pike and Sargent bakers. We changed a few locations as the expected 4knot s/e winds were now 20knot n/e but that didn't deter us. I then landed a nice trev as the boys were now playing with the rockcods. I then landed another snapper and I was thinking wow, I'm on fire! That was until my sons brained farted and he dropped my iPhone overboard. Oh well, food for the table but I can't ring anyone to come share it with me! Thanks for reading. Cheers scratchie!!!
  9. G'day raiders, I made the trek down to Sydney yesterday with my young fella for his first gamefishing experience on board "anyfin". Fellow raider Witha joined Gerry, john and myself for his first experience too! We had a plan of hitting 12mile, then to browns and then off for a troll for the arvo. So we hit the 12 mile early with jigs at the ready and the sea was kinda sloppy. It was the first time jigging at this depth for jnr and witha and I'd only done it a couple of times. Well, there were fish there, Gerry hooked but lost one and between me and jnr I think we owe Gerry a few jigs! Witha was like a machine and kept at it the whole time but unfortunately we came up empty after our 4 drifts. Bloody hardwork that was. Then we headed off to browns and we greeted by a stack of boats. Knowing there was a few raiders I thought I'd put a call out to see what's happening and was greeted by fellow raider Oziodin who outlined a drift for us and put us straight onto the fish. Cheers mate!!! First drop of the electric and we're on, nice and managed to get it in before we were completely sharked. After jigging for that time and the depths of browns we were so appreciative of that electric reel. We caught 3 in 3 drops thanks to some fresh PS squid and decided after losing 3 weights a one rig that it was time to leave. We began the troll towards heatons about 12 and the wind was not as predicted(funny that) and it made for some pretty sloppy seas. Really warm water at 19.8 and no bait or birds to be seen wasn't looking good for the fin. We worked until the tide change then pulled our lures with out turning reel. Didn't hear of any other boats hooking up either. So we headed off for home with a nice cold beer and at least a feed for our efforts. Overall, it was a gem day on the water, always learning and enjoying! It was great to meet up with Witha and take my boy on his first big boat experience. Thanks to Gerry as always and john for driving in a sweet ride! Thanks for reading, Cheers scratchie!!!
  10. G'day raiders, After fishing port stephens for the past 15years, I was presented with an opportunity to go fishing solo today so I took it. I usually hit the same areas which guarantee me a feed but today I thought I would do something different. I set out at 930 and the low tide change was at 10. I found a spot that I'd been looking at for a while. Using a 80mm squidgy fish I begin to cast and 1st cast I'm on...... A nice little 38cm flatty. Second cast goes in and I come up tight but the fight was different and I pull in a big grinner. Never caught one that big before. Anyway, next cast hop hop bang zzzzzzzz I'm on and this fish ain't happy, leaps out the water like salmon but it's another flatty but bigger. After some net negotiation onboard comes a nice 50cm flatty. I'm thinking great spot! Next cast, I'm on again but to a much larger fish. Play the fish, get it boat side and I'm ready to net it but head shakes and it's gill raker cuts the leader. Oh well, I drive back to start the drift again. This time went I cast I feel a pulse on the end of the line and I know it's a squid or cuttlefish. I wind in slow and a decent size cuttle and keep that later for bait. However, by now the tide has changed and every cast feels like a cuttlefish. No more flatty bites, despite numerous drifts and this is the 3rd time I've noticed this. Has anyone else had the same problem fishing a river, bay or estuary??? Decided to move and used the cuttlefish as bait and managed an ok bream to the bag! I pulled up a million other undersized fish but I had to head home as the kids were due home from school. I had a great day on the water and did some really good research to add to my usual spots! Thanks for reading! Cheers scratchie!!!
  11. G'day raiders, Just a quick report from the comp over the weekend. Friday- headed out with fellow raider on board weekend detention and were greeted by some awesome weather, so the decision was made to chase some beaks. We worked hard all day, changing lures, baits and methods. Managed to get 6 legal dollies all returned as I had a fridge full. 2 really decent sized stripe tuna and unfortunately we hooked but dropped 2 marlin. About 2pm the southerly hit and we headed for home. Saturday- had a gentlemans start at 7am and with the wind and swell up we decided to work fingal headland. After filling up on livies, we anchored up and sent out some livies hoping for a longtail or king. Started a good berley trail and after picking through some rubbish fish, we started to get some nicer snapper and bream, and you could feel the bite hotting up. This is also where it ended as we lost our anchor. So we headed in for lunch and a replace my anchor. Went back out in the arvo to chase Jew. Chased a few livies and squid and set up for the tide sunset in wait. A few stories, few beers and sorry to say, no fish! Then we were pretty much blown off the water by a storm and called it quits for the night. Sunday- weather was shocking and the decision was made not to fish. So I attended my boys rep league duties. It was overall not a bad weekend and it was great to catch up with fellow raiders, diesel, weekend detention, Oziodin, Dom and many other fishos I know. At the weigh in, it was obvious that the fishing was hard going especially offshore and the size of the fish this year were a lot smaller. 440 boats participated and approximately a 1000 anglers. Tight lines all, Cheers scratchie!!!
  12. Congratulations goes to Scratchie for his BIG BASS in the January Berkley COTM . Well done mate and Admin will be in touch for your details. Regards Swordfisherman. P.S Nikki was an unlucky runner -up by 3 votes
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