Category Archives: Fishing

STINKER LOOKS BACK AT THE “OLD DAYS”

This is a wonderful old photograph of two Broughton Island regulars Jack Jensen (left) and “Uncle George”.  Jack was a Danish sea man who settled in Nelson Bay in 1915 and worked a trawler, the Viking. During the lobster season

MEET KEROSENE TIN JIM

In the tiny fishing village of Nelson Bay, Dimitrios Georgis Karageorgis was known by all as “Kerosene Tin Jim” and became a legendary character. The community respect and admiration was earned, not by heroic deeds or great achievements but by

GO FOR A GROPER

Groper are one of my favourite fish. Broad shouldered, with inquisitive eyes, the groper struggled to survive until restrictions were put in place banning spearfish and limiting the recreational catch to two fish.  Before the laws were put in place

A TASTE GOOD WHOPPER

Mulloway are a fascinating fish. They can grow to an enormous 40kg yet, at times, swim in water less than a metre deep. Pioneer oyster growers have told me that giant mulloway would, on occasions, become stranded in fenced oyster

CATCH ‘EM YOUNG!

Discovering the joy of fishing as a youngster gives a passion for life! Teach kids the safety rules and a few secret tips you’ve learned over the years and any girl or boy will have a lifelong love for sitting

FISHING ISLAND PARADISE

I have just returned from a fantastic overseas holiday where the weather was perfect and the fishing excellent. Magnificent scenery and a fascinating local history. Travel time by boat around about 40 minutes from the entrance to Port Stephens.  Broughton Island

SECRET BAITS AND THE BEST MONTH

I’ve never had much time for August and September so I’m glad it is over for another year.  I am often asked ‘what is my favourite fishing month?’ I have no hesitation in answering – February. Why February?  Generally, the water

SO-SO SALMON!

Many fish visit at certain times of the year. Right now it is the holiday season for tailor and salmon. Although I am a fan of tailor, particularly slow smoked, I really can’t get too excited about salmon.  Apart from

Protecting Pipis

Pipis are a wonderful natural resource which are underrated both as a seafood and a natural bait to catch bream and whiting. We are so fortunate to have local beaches which support a healthy population of the shellfish. Stockton Beach

The secret society of Luderick hunters

In an annual procession, that has been happening for as long as I can recall, luderick (sometimes called Black Fish) and bream follow the mullet on their northern spawning run along the beaches and into the estuaries. Named “ground fish”

AUTUMN IS “DUSKIE” TIME

For me, there is no better habitat for dusky flathead than that which exists in Port Stephens . . . (though you might have your own little secret spot. The warm shallows west of Soldiers Point provides the ideal environment

Marine Park on pollies’ radar

It was during September last year that local diver and fisherman Greg Finn and recreational fisherman and Port Stephens Examiner columnist John Clarke met to discuss the state and effectiveness of the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park. It