ALL manner of fishing reports have been coming in lately. Everything from whiting to striped marlin and many others have been caught over the past few weeks.
Beach fishing at this time of year can be a bit hit and miss. Lucky for us there have been more hits than misses. Stockton Beach has turned up a few early season whiting for anglers casting for bream with live worms.
Some of the bream being caught on the beach have been up to 45 centimetres long.
Tailor weighing about two kilograms have also been taken from the beach.
The most productive approach for Lake Macquarie has been to target flathead using a mix of soft plastics and natural baits. There has also been a bit of jewfish by-catch, which is always welcome.
Squid have been a little hard to come by in the channel and out around Moon Island, but there are strong numbers of jelly prawns just waiting for the new moon coming in a couple of weeks.
Offshore fishing has seen a large variety of fish species being caught from the inshore reefs out to the continental shelf.
Bonito, trevally and snapper have been about in numbers that will keep most anglers happy with their day on the water.
Boats coming back from All-mark Mountain, offshore from Nelson Bay, have on more than a couple of occasions gone out looking for yellow tail kingfish using knife jigs or electric reels for deep water bottom fishing, only to find schools of 50 one-kilogram yellowfin tuna busting upon the surface and nothing to chase them with.
The moral of the story is to take a couple of trolling outfits if you are heading out to the shelf.
Snapper have been as popular as ever around Broughton Island, and keep an eye out for the odd big king too.