Perfect weather snags anglers a top catch

TEXTBOOK weather conditions of light winds, calm seas and warm sunny days last week saw anglers fishing everywhere from Allmark Mountain to Lake St Clair.

Tailor have been increasing in numbers in Lake Macquarie and on the beaches throughout the Hunter.

A few mulloway have been caught on Stockton Beach.

Fish up to 12 kilograms have been reported as well as the odd late whiting, but tailor have been the main catch for beach anglers.

Offshore anglers have been reporting plenty of trag being caught on reefs from Nelson Bay to the Central Coast.

Some anglers have been reaching their five-bag limit in less than an hour.

Some of the wider reefs off Swansea are holding large numbers of leatherjacket.

Give the inshore reefs off Newcastle a look for bream, snapper, tailor and trevally.

Snapper have been moving to the shallow reefs.

Now is the time to start planning a trip to Broughton Island and the surrounding reefs.

A few kilograms of pilchards or a bag of soft plastics will go a long way towards a feed of snapper.

Don't forget to whack a live bait out for a passing long-tail tuna as well.

Slow-trolled live squid have been catching the attention of yellowtail kingfish around Moon Island, with some very large kings being hooked - but landing them is another story.