Humble whiting among popular fish in Lake Macquarie

THIS really is the season of plenty and anglers have been reaping the rewards.

One popular fish is the humble whiting. Anglers fishing beaches and sand flats in Lake Macquarie have been reporting plenty of fish in both environments. Live worms and berley have been the two best tricks to use on your way to a feed of fresh whiting.

Flathead fishing has been successful in the rivers and lake using soft plastics and fresh baits.

Tailor have moved into Swansea Channel. These fish love to hole around the bridge chasing bait fish.

Arrow squid have been found throughout the lake's deeper areas. Using jigs on dropper rigs to keep them down is working a treat.

Using squid live for yellowtail kingfish on a slow deep troll has been producing results.

Offshore fishing for pelagic and reef fish is well worth a look.

Yellowfin tuna have been around the anchored ships; three to four kilograms pulls up these jellybeans but they are great fun on light tackle and any size tastes fantastic.

North Reef has been holding some nice yellowtail kingfish and is always worth a stop on the way past.

Dolphin fish up to 10kg have been caught around the FADs off Newcastle and Swansea.

Snapper have been showing up on the reefs and wrecks off Newcastle.

If crabs are more to your taste, the Hunter River and Newcastle Harbour have been crabbing well for both mud and blue swimmer crabs.

The Junction Inn Fishing Club is holding its annual Twin Rivers Fishing Classic this weekend, Friday night until Sunday afternoon.

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