THERE is a silver lining to reports of bull sharks in Lake Macquarie this week – it means there’s a lot of fish about.
Although it is alarming to think there are big predators about, the fact is, they’ve always been present and it’s important we don’t over-react to a few sightings.
With any luck the sharks will leave the humans alone and vice versa.
Having said that, we love this comment that came in on the Herald website this week:
“Bull Sharks? More like Bull-S***. The last time a bull shark tried to bite me, I punched it in the nose, then i rode it to newcastle beach like a mighty stallion of the seas.”
Full to bream
ANGLING reports support the view local estuaries have been fishing well, with bream particularly prolific and impressive.
After days of perseverance, eight-year-old Jaymie Rose Atkinson, from Coffs Harbour, got a 37cm bream off the jetty at Coal Point last Wednesday using 8lb line and mullet gut.
Tom McTaggart, 9, from Fletcher, got a honking 44cm bream near Swansea on a cooked peeled prawn that weighed in at 1.6kg.
“It is the biggest bream I have ever caught and the biggest one my dad has ever seen,” Tom reported.
Mel Murison got a 47cm monster in Newcastle Harbour last week.
“I was ecstatic as it’s the biggest fish I have ever caught,” Mel mused.
Mitch Campbell, aged 11, caught his first ever bream on Lake Macquarie last week and it was a beauty, too, measuring 44cm and weighing in at 1.6kg.
Other local catches included Dane Antunovich, who got his first jew in the lake.
Kaiden Buechner, 4, got his first bass at Lake St Clair, a 32cm fish caught on an RMG deep diver.
And nine-year-old Ariahne Taylor, from Wallsend, caught a 2.3kg salmon in the lake off the Speers Point jetty.
PHIL MacDonald, from Toronto Bait and Tackle, reports flathead are starting to move up out of the deeper water into the shallows as the lake warms up.
“They’ve been getting a lot on soft plastics this week,” Phil said.
“Doesn’t seem to matter what size – two-inch grubs up to five-inch stick baits.
“One local, Ron, has been getting into them in his kayak.
“Bream have been schooling up in the channel and there’s been some flounder mixed in with them.
“There’s been a few good-sized tailor getting caught on the troll in the deeper water around Pulbah and Coal Point.
“Whiting have been hooked off the Dropover. And I hear there’s been some kings coming off Texas reef and still plenty of salmon on the beaches.”
Turn up the bass
ANDREW Low, from Freddys Fishing World, got into the bass up at Lake St Clair this week and reports there were heaps of fish getting around the edges.
“I drove up on Tuesday and set up near the boat ramp with spinner baits and jackals and got bites all day,” Andrew said.
“Caught about 15 or 20 fish, some up to 40cm – threw them all back. It was good.”
Andrew said there has been heaps of flathead in the Harbour at the moment and a few soapie jew about.
He also suspects the blue swimmer crabs are on the march as he’s been selling a heap of witches hats.
“They don’t say where they’re getting them, they never do, and I wouldn’t believe them if they did,” he said.
Andrew was surprised to catch a stack of whiting under Stockton Bridge recently while targeting bream and flathead.
“It was a bit odd I thought as the water there is pretty filthy dirty and I’ve never really caught them there before. I got about 10 and they were all legal.”
ROCK mobster Robert “Soft Hands” Gorseski had another “eventful” day on the pebbles last weekend.
He took last week’s Fish of the Week winner, Boby Krstinovski, back to the rocks shelves round Caves Beach to chase kingies, having enjoyed success the weekend before.
They also took a mate, Georgie K, who unfortunately got sick and had to be carted back home by Boby almost as soon as they got there.
This left Rob with the arduous task of dragging two buckets laden with stuff, his packed backpack, three rods, a three-piece gaf and a net for about 10 minutes down to their spot.
His hands weren’t so soft after that.
All this pushed fishing back by 1.5 hours.
They started chasing drummer with live prawns, but that didn’t work out too well as there were too many “pickers”.
So they hooked up a live crab which got smashed as soon as it hit the water.
Rob wasn’t sure what was on it, but it had the line flying off the reel until it busted off.
Unfortunately they ended up missing out on any kingfish but they got a couple of salmon before the arrival of a shark shut that down, too.
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