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  1. Scratchie

    Fishing Port Stephens

    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. DoubleD

    Port Stephens Fishing Buddy

    Hi guys, I head up to One Mile Beach at Port Stephens each Christmas for 3-4 weeks. We have an on-site van there and over the years I've lost a few good fishing buddies who have sold up. I love to get outside chasing Snapper, Kingies, Bonito, truckloads of nanagai, basically anything as long as it "outside". My goal is to get out to Allmark and jig for some kingies, however that seems to be a bit too far for my 525 Stacer Easyrider. Anyone heading up over the next month with a boat bigger than 5.25m want to team up on a few trips? Cheers DD
  3. REEF MAGIC CHARTERS

    Sydney Marlin aboard Reef Magic

    Hi guys back again, We had a eventful 2016 with Mike having open heart surgery and myself fracturing 3 vertebrae & rupturing 2 disks in a fall fishing in February. We both have had the year off but both recovered and back into it with our first charter off Sydney today. We we're hearing of a few striped Marlin being hooked but a lot throwing the hooks. Around 11 we had a double hookup but both fish threw the hooks. We continued to hear boats losing fish and we hung in till the 4.30 tide change and finally the bite we wanted. Solid hookup with a 70kg striped doing what they do jumping everywhere. After an entertaining fight we tagged a nice striped Marlin. We will be fishing out of Newcastle for 3 weeks from next week before heading to Port Stephens for the rest of the season. If your keen for a charter give us a call on 0407113349 Cheers Damo
  4. I have read Scratchie's notes and have recently moved to Corlette. I have a 50hp engine on a 5 metre boat - its nothing flash, a little underpowered and I wont be going offshore in a hurry because I dont trust my boat or seamanship well enough to handle big seas - maybe short runs offshore on dead calm days sometime in the future - so hoping to find some good places to catch fish in the Bay. I love fishing and I put in a lot of effort, but the results suggests I am pretty sh@t at it which is disappointing but true I have fished the Bay maybe 50 times in the past - but a lot of that was pre-Marine Park - and most of the hotspots I used to fish are now sanctuary zones. I don't fancy $500+ fines or losing my boat or gear - so I need to learn new places and ways to fish. Scratchie's notes and the attached comments are very useful. I'd love to take Scratchie out on my boat some day as I am sure I'd learn a hell of a lot in just a day. I probably do more wrong than right and I am sure some of the things I do are plain idiotic. I have a lot of questions. These are my most burning ones: * best land based prawning spot on southern side of the bay? * best boat based prawning spot on southern side of the bay? * how do i find "the wreck" in Corlette and when I do, what side of it do I fish? * best places to catch mud crabs? * best rigs/baits/times/locations for fishing the Nelson Bay breakwall from the boat? * best places to catch squid (Shoal Bay moorings but where else?) ? * Any daytime places for squid? * tips on dealing with getting around the bay on windy days and best places to fish on windy days? * Best way/rigs/bait/etc to fish the island just north of Soldiers Point ramp? * Are shovel-nosed rays actually good eating? (Fish markets poster rates them above snapper??) * Recommended trailer/outboard/marine electricans on the southern side of the bay * What breed are the small sharks (mostly around 1 metre or so) that I keep catching when I use pilchards near Jimmy's Beach or the breakwall? Are they worth eating? I've caught maybe a dozen but let them all go.
  5. tom_125

    Port Stephens, Allmark reef?

    Hi Raides, Going up to Port Stephens for the long weekend, anyone heard of anything happening up there at the moment? Interesting water off the coast at the moment, good to know if anything is in it early season Marlin or some Yellowfin, any reports of Kings at Allmark reef? Cheers in Advance
  6. Perich

    Dolli Port Stephens

    Went out on Tuesday last week chasing Marlin Hooked a 100+ kilo Black on my Stella 30000. Broke the line after three jumps.. About 5ks North of the car park. An hour later trolled the same area and landed a 20kg dolli
  7. G,day Raiders, I thought i would share with you my experience of my first attempt at catching one of our beaky friends. After checking the weather on the Sunday prior it was decided that Thursday was a cracker of a day, little to no wind, swell less than a metre... I bought a new sounder / GPS combo ( which i am absoloutley wrapped with) had it installed on Tuesday. I was lucky to get out on Thursday as i thought i was going to have a coronary after purchasing my first couple of Marlin Lures and appropriate snap swivels.... Over $200 later and some chest pains i managed to get outa there alive. We got to shoal bay boat ramp at around 6, launched the boat and were crossing the bar by 6.15am. We dropped out a couple of smaller skirts hoping for a few stripeys or bonito and trolled around the islands just outside of the bay with no luck. We headed to Broughton island and dropped out the big dogs, we were followed by a huge pod of dolphins ( over 100 of them) they were playing and swimming in my wake and was an awesome sight. After many many hours of Trolling, a few lure changes and still no action. Found loads of really good bait schools and marked some good fish and still no action. We were in constant contact with another boat who had the same luck. We decided to head back South and Troll with the smaller skirts around the islands again and we managed to find some small stripeys and Bonito, hooking up on every pass through the school. We decided to head back to the ramp at about 4 and of course we called on the radio by the other boat to tell us that they had hooked a little Black approx 60kgs North of Broughton, having only about 20 litres of fuel left it wasnt an option to head back. The other boat ended up hooking onto another about 20 mins later that spat the hook after an 1.5 hour fight. So my first Marlin adventure was hardly successful but i must say that i am now hooked, the anticipation of hearing those reels scream off has got me wanting to head again sooner rather than later. Any advice, tips would be greatly appreciated Thanks for reading Devil Ray
  8. flash7

    Port Stephens

    Hi all I am heading to Port Stephens next weekend and have heard some reports of Long Tail Tuna being caught, can anyone confirm the rumors? Cheers Flash7