Category Archives: Fishing

Stinker Launches another book

Stinker has many talents! He’s published four books and I was honoured to launch his latest children’s book – “The True Adventures of Clarabelle”. It’s a true story based on the 1955 floods when a cow was washed down the

SHARK AHOY!

The most frequent question I am asked – “Are there any sharks in Port Stephens?” – hoping that my answer will be – “No, there are no sharks here”. The truth, of course, is, “Yes there are!” This honest answer

THUMPING BIG ‘UNS!

Mulloway are what could be called a prized catch and sit high on recreational fishers “must catch” bucket list. Port Stephens, both inside and outside the harbour, has a very healthy population of thumping mulloway up to a hefty 30kg.

You Beaut Winter Bream

Our fishing guru, John “Stinker” Clarke, recommends finding the best late winter, first of spring, white bream. This is the time of year to head to the beach in the mornings and evenings to chase a winter bream on a

CARE ON THE ROCKS!!

The rocky coastline provides a perfect habitat for cornering a couple of our very best fighting fish. One is the Rock Blackfish, more commonly known as the Black Drummer. Not to be confused with the Silver Drummer, the Black Drummer,

John “Stinker” Clarke says snapper is our fishing fave….

What is it about snapper that makes everyone dream about catching one? For me, it’s the excitement of battling a real scrapper that performs equally as well in the kitchen. Beautifully coloured crimson, pink and opal blue, the snapper has

Magic of the Mullet

Meet John “Stinker” Clarke, our piscatorial correspondent! In other words, our Favourite Fisher! Year after year, for as long as records have been kept, and long before, huge schools of mullet have travelled north along our coastline.  Spawning in the