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FISHING UP AN INTERESTING CHARACTER

Researching my books I do come across some very interesting characters, none more so than former Maitland resident Athel D’Ombrain AM. Athel’s resume includes photographer, optician,  naturalist, author, cricketer, pioneer angler, game fisherman and historian. Born in 1901 Athel’s contribution to society and inventiveness were significant. His fishing involvement was of most interest to me. […]

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REAL KULTCHA

It is the best of times – it is the worst of times! I’ve got to ask – how’s your team going at the moment?  Mine are playing but the less said about how they’re playing and where they sit on their respective ladders would be appreciated.  In short, they’re providing somecompetition but in general […]

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TAKE CARE!

If you are considering a dip in the Karuah River – Look out! I’m receiving reports of mean tempered giants rumbling through the mangroves in the dark of night.  They have big hard shell and beady eyes on a stick with two powerful claws that could snap a broom handle. They’re scary monsters that feed […]

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FLATHEAD HAVEN!

A warm welcome to our many visitors who have chosen to spend their holiday time with us. To those of you who have an ambition to catch a fish you are in for treat as you have entered the “Land of the Giants”. I am forever astounded, not only at the availability of numerous species of […]

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LUV-A- BOAT!

If you live in Jindabyne you need snow skis; if you live in the Sahara Desert you need a camel; if you live in near the sea, or plan to spend an extended period of time in a water wonderland, you need – a boat.  Purchasing a boat is a major decision as there are […]

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FLATTIE TIME

Right on time, the dusky flathead have arrived for the Christmas holidays.  Drifting down from the rivers, tributaries and feeder streams that flow into Port Stephens, the broad shouldered duskies are in prime condition and are ready to rumble right throughout the system. The Karuah River, Tilligerry Creek, North Arm Cove, Lemon Tree Passage, Corlette […]

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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 […]