What a brilliant weekend. It was hard to believe anyone went fishing with the crowds at the car racing but lots of people took advantage of the great weather and got out for a fish with the family.
The Hummocks, Greenly and Rocky Island have tuna and samsons took jigs and baits around Rocky.
Farm Beach is holding good King George Whiting in 6 to 15 metres of water. In shallow seems to be plagued by undersized fish. Most anglers fishing inside the bay are experiencing undersized whiting but there are many other species. Flathead, silver trevally, garfish and flounder have been boated by some lucky anglers.
The beloved western striped grunter, commonly known as trumpeter, are hassling anglers. Keep this in mind when fishing from the boat or shoreline. Although generally unwanted, always ensure safe handling and release techniques.
Proper Bay is still producing some quality fish and crabs. King george whiting and blue swimmer crabs are both still providing boaties with a decent feed. Land-based anglers also reported doing well in the Proper and national park coastline chasing king george whiting.
There are also a few good tommies, salmon trout and garfish around to give a mixed bag in the Proper.
The town jetty has had plenty of action, with yellowfin whiting, garfish, squid and tommies all on the menu. Tommies, garfish and squid were all reported in good numbers from most hours of the day, while yellowfin whiting numbers are increasing during the incoming tide. Some big blue swimmers are also being caught at the far end of the jetty over the weed.
The main wharf gave land-based anglers a chance at some fun, with decent fish landed. Salmon are averaging from half a kilogram to one kilogram, biting just about anything.
Offshore there are tuna at The Cabbage Patch and the Neptunes, along with the odd samson and kingfish. Thistle Island has been good for whiting to 40 centimetres on squid strips with some mussel berley.
North Shields continues to be popular for land-based anglers. From the jetty, squid and garfish were reported in good numbers. For other anglers walking along the shoreline casting soft plastic or hard bodied lures, the odd flathead was landed.
Yellowfin whiting kept anglers busy all throughout the area, with some decent fish caught in good numbers, with a couple measuring 39cm.
The Group has been fishing well for king george whiting. Squid and cockles have been the best baits. Squid, snook and garfish have also been around in plenty of numbers. The jetty saw some large garfish, snook and squid around high tide.