WELL it’s whiting time on the beaches and in the lake.
Beach anglers have been reporting plenty of fit fat whiting being caught using live worms for bait. Some of the better catches have had the smallest fish at a very healthy 36 centimetres and fish up to the mid-40s being common on Stockton Beach.
There have been reports of heaps of whiting on the sand flats of Lake Macquarie. There are also some nice bream being caught.
Once again live worms were the bait of choice.
Soft plastic worms have been gaining popularity as better products come on to the market.
The Marukyu Isome “grab and go” sandworms have been working well on whiting and bream in the lake and are a good option if you are unable to get live worms.
Arrow Squid have been following soft plastics intended for flathead in the lake, so don’t forget to take some squid jigs. The best idea is to have one rigged on a rod ready to go and keep your eyes peeled watching behind your plastic as it comes to the boat.
Moon Island is well worth the time if bigger Green Eyed Squid are more to your liking with some good live bait size and bigger squid being caught.
Offshore fishing for snapper to the north of Broughton Island has been rewarding with some nice fish in the four-kilograms bracket.
One snapper of 9.2kg was caught off Birubi which is a stunning fish to catch on soft plastics.
The Gravel off Newcastle has been producing some trag jew and smaller snapper.
An early start at Lake St Clair has had anglers connected to some nice bass using surface lures then Jackalls which have been working well.