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DID YOU KNOW THAT FISH CAN READ?

It was brought to my attention through the week while I dawdled along the Marina in Nelson Bay.  Staring into the water, as I do, I saw a thumping great whiting nosing over the sand with a few of his mates.  Nestled comfortably into the weed near the whiting was a flathead, easily 3kg.  Unconcerned […]

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WHERE ARE ALL THE TAILOR?

A couple of weeks back I mentioned, on popular ABC Fishing program “The Big Fish”, that I have noted a significant drop in the numbers and size of tailor over the years. I remember when the seas went black with the big schools of tailor. The response from listeners along the NSW coastline from Narooma […]

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STINKPOT LEAVES IT TO THE SURFERS

Protected from the ocean swells, Fingal Bay is fortunate to have one of the safest natural beach launching sites on the NSW coast. Known locally as Kiddies Corner, the southern most point of Fingal Beach provides the ideal opportunity for small boats to be rolled into calm water before motoring out over the close reefs.  […]

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FEROCIOUS FIGHTERS BUT YUM IN THE TUM

The mud crab has a variety of names, muddie, punga, black crab, mangrove crab, and many others if you are unfortunate to be grabbed by its powerful claws. Mainly confined to the northern half of the continent the mud crab can generally be found where mangrove trees grow. With a life span of around four […]

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A Spot of Strife

Every old photo tells a story and this one of a Boat Harbour crew in 1950 is no different. Every fishing crew has a “spotter”, someone who sits in a high vantage point to see the approaching school of fish. On this occasion the spotter was George Pain Snr.  In the photo you can see […]

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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 he moved in with a group of Greek fishermen who had established a small settlement […]

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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 being a caring, compassionate man, generous and cheerful. “Kerosene Tin Jim” was reliable, honest and […]

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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 the groper population was seriously under threat due to their docile nature. It is pleasing […]

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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 leases as the tide went out.  More likely to be found in the deep holes […]

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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 alone just waiting for that tug or bite, or sharing adventures fishing with friends. If […]

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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 is an absolute wonderland with high peaks rolling down to long golden beaches. The bird […]

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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 is warm and the weather is mild. The beaches are alive with whiting. Flathead, crabs […]