Fishing column with Cameron Judd, Swansea RSL Fishing Club

Last weekend, howling westerlies saw many anglers concentrating their efforts to the sheltered parts of Lake Macquarie and the channel.

There are reports of flathead still being taken in the lake on both soft plastics and baits but the main attraction it would seem, are the shifting schooling around Coon Island sand-flat areas.

Bayden Harnos-Jamieson and his friends caught some lovely winter whiting around the drop over on the run-out tide with live pink nippers being the key to success.

CATCH OF THE WEEK: Bayden Harnos-Jamieson, 17, with some nice winter whiting.

CATCH OF THE WEEK: Bayden Harnos-Jamieson, 17, with some nice winter whiting.

The salmon provided plenty of opportunities for anglers between the bridge and Swansea bar area.

The beaches are still providing bream, tailor and salmon on both green prawns and pilchards. As a result of the strong offshore winds a large ground swell has resulted, and great care should be taken when fishing rocks, beach and offshore until it abates hopefully during this week.

A reminder to all boaters to keep a check on your battery and fuel conditions as during this time of year many will not go out for weeks at a time resulting in possibly stale fuel and flat batteries if boats are left parked up for longer than 6-8 weeks at a time.

On the Water this Week:

TEMPS: cold, 15 degrees

Visibility: good

Moon: dark

Swell: abating from large

Tides: high about 11m/pm

  • Cameron Judd is the President of Swansea RSL Fishing Club