Swell affects catch results

BOATIES: Mick McCallum had one of the good days on the water last week when he caught a 154cm Samson fish offshore. Image supplied.
BOATIES: Mick McCallum had one of the good days on the water last week when he caught a 154cm Samson fish offshore. Image supplied.

There have been some great and not so great days to go fishing this week.

If you were lucky enough to get out on one of the good days, I bet you did okay.

Now for what was biting and where.


Salmon are starting to congregate on the beaches more each week but unfortunately there has been big swell which made fishing difficult.

Venus Bay and Streaky Bay were the best options for whiting, snook, garfish, tommies and trevally.


Whiting have been everywhere this week, the Ledge and in town have been consistent, but a lot of the fish were on the wrong side of 30.

Squid, salmon, tommies and snook are also around.

Garfish are still around in good numbers, Dutton Bay has been the best area, but there are plenty of other spots to try as well.


Despite the dodge tides, 45cm King George whiting were caught in Proper Bay and up to 40cm on the north shore and in town.

The local jetties and wharf have produced some good sized whiting, garfish from pencil sized to mid 30's, squid, tommies and snook.

Yellowfin whiting are mooching around the beaches in front of town and up to North Shields.

Most baits are working with plenty being caught on cockles or worms.

The national park beaches have been really firing over the last few weeks with flathead, snook, garfish, mullet, squid and some annoyingly big toadfish all being caught close to shore.

The Passage has been quiet for whiting this week and some have been caught between McLarens and Thistle but lots of moving and mussel berley are required.

In deeper water snapper, gummies, blue morwong and nannygai have been caught on bait and jigs.

On the surf beaches a few salmon up to four kilograms were caught when the swell allowed anglers to throw some lure and bait into the water.


A few snapper have been caught by boaties, but most of the fishing was in closer this week.

Whiting, snook, squid and mullet are in good numbers around the jetties and in close.


The jetty is still fishing really well as squid, whiting, snook, garfish, tommies and kingfish in the 40-100cm bracket have been reported.

The group has been hit and miss this week.

Some anglers reported good catches of whiting to 48cm while others caught donuts.

If you do head out there squid, snook, trevally, garfish and a few other assorted species are all around.


Reports on the crabs are starting to slow down, but there are a few yellowfin inside the harbour and on the outside.

Whiting and snapper have been spotted in decent numbers.