SPRING has started with a bang as news of plenty of big fish being caught flood in.
Whiting have started to invade the sand flats of Lake Macquarie, with some good numbers of fish taking live worms.
A bucket filled with prawn-based berley will improve the number of fish coming towards your boat looking for a feed.
Big dusky flathead have come alive and have moved into shallower water in both the lake and Newcastle Harbour.
Fish more than 900 millimetres have been caught around Stockton ferry wharf and the northern end of the lake.
There has been good numbers of blue swimmer crabs reported around Pulbah Island.
Add this to the prawns being spotlighted in Belmont Bay and things are looking very tasty for angler fishing in the lake.
Stockton Beach is the place to be if you are after school jewfish.
Live beach worms have also been catching bream and a small number of whiting.
There has also been some salmon and tailor caught using pilchards.
Offshore fishing has been all about yellowfin tuna and a few striped marlin.
Boats heading to the Swansea and Norah Head canyons have been using a mix of trolling lures and then cubing to get the best results for a tuna and some nice early season striped marlin.
Reef fishing has been a case of find the warmer water to get the best results.
Squire, flathead, trevally a few leather jackets as well as bonito have been the most common fish found in ice boxes at the end of a good day reef fishing.
The Hunter Valley impoundments have been going strong as bass move to the edges.