FISHING: Bluefins brighten up catch

FISH OF THE WEEK 12/4/13: Bryson Prince caught this jewfish in Newcastle Harbour whilst competing in the H&D Mitre 10 Twin Rivers Fishing Classic last weekend.Browse Herald Fish File here.

BLUEFIN tuna have turned up inside Nelson Bay this week around the wreck at Salamander Bay and Wanda Head.

“They’ve been getting them on live slimies up to 22 kilograms,” Graham Duffy, from Salamander Bait and Tackle, said.

“Both Gibbers have been firing well for them too, and other land-based platforms like Tomaree.”

Action out wide has been a little slow.

Scott Morris, from Newcastle Game Fishing Club, reported a few small black marlin operating in the 30 to 50 fathom range last Saturday and the odd dolphin fish.

There’s been a few kings caught on the troll around the Sisters and Broughton Island.

Jew have been active on the V and 21 reefs and inside the bay around Salamander, Middle Island and Soldiers Point.

Whiting and tailor have been active on the beach and inside the bay.

Mud crabs are on the march in Tilligerry Creek and up the reaches of the Karuah River.

Blackfish are starting to school up in good numbers around the usual spots like Little Beach, both breakwalls and Tomaree.

Big challenge, big prizes

ALL of the above will be good news for spearfishos who converge on Nelson Bay this Saturday to chase more than $3000 in cash and prizes at the Nelson Bay Big Fish Challenge, which kicks off at 7am at Shoal Bay boat ramp.

Contestants have six hours to shoot one fish. The biggest weighed takes the cash.

The public are welcome to attend the weigh-in from 2pm at the boat ramp.

Yellowtail best jew bait

GRAHAM Mason, from Compleat Angler at Toronto, reports there’s been some nice jew being caught in the deeper holes in Lake Macquarie.

“I think the rain has freshened things up a bit. Live yellowtails are the best bait,” Graham said.

“There’s been a few tailor getting around too, going for deep divers.

“Guys in the kayaks have been having a crack with Yazuri crystal minnows.

“They generally troll them behind and if they get any action, they stop and start casting.”

Monster mud crabs

CHRIS Parkinson and his mate Robert Matthew got an unusual catch near Warners Bay on Sunday night.

While bream fishing, they pulled in two mud crabs. The male weighed in at a chunky 1.4 kilograms.

“He was holding on to a peeled prawn with one nipper and his girlfriend with something else,” Chris reported.

“He did not move until we removed his friend then he decided to try and eat everything in sight.

“After several minutes trying to get our toes and feet out of his way, we managed to get him in the esky.

“It was high fives all round and tasted great as well.”

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Classic winners on a roll

COMPETITORS in the H&D Mitre 10 Twin Rivers Fishing Classic held last weekend at Raymond Terrace got a lot of nice jew in Newcastle Harbour.

“Zac Bowen got the biggest, 12.3 kilograms cleaned,” event spokesman Gerrard Cunningham said.

“Ricky Turner, who fished the breakwall, got the heaviest bag, about 18 kilograms, and he had three jew in that.”

Mick Stone got one weighing 10kg.

Fishing was good over the three days, particularly from Hexham/Tomago downriver.

“That tiny bit of rain last week freshened it up and made this area hot,” Gerrard said. “All anglers reported good catches.

“I’d imagine the jewie would be still quite prevalent this weekend.

“You’d have to think if the harbour is firing, you’d have to be able to pick up some along Stockton Beach.”

Junction Inn Fishing Club tyro Ally Mason claimed the nipper crown.

Locky Rutherford made it a trifecta with his third junior crown in a row.

Bev Hewitt went one better with her fourth successive victory in the lady’s division.

Darren Christinson got the biggest flathead, Peter Kennedy the biggest bream and Bree Goddard the biggest whiting, while Karen Peak peaked out with the biggest luderick.

The major lucky door prize, a Quintrex Explorer with five horsepower Yamaha motor on trailer, donated by H&D Mitre 10, valued at over $7000, was won by Michelle Scoles.

“Michelle works behind the bar at The Junction Inn Hotel,” Gerrard said.

“She registers each year but doesn’t fish. She’s got a boat now and there’ll be plenty of old salts keen to show her ropes.”

Organisers were particularly pleased with how the post-Easter scheduling worked.

“We used to clash with the Trailer Boat Tournament and the Pirtek, so we’ve pushed it back and it’s worked out really well,” Gerrard said.

“We expect to donate approximately $2000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter once again this year.”

The Twin Rivers Fishing Classic has been going for eight years and total donations are fast approaching $10,000.