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Port Stephens - NSW
In recent years, both these popular holiday spots have received a steady
stream of holidaymakers as well as a growing number of permanent
residents. In spite of being well fished, both waterways are well
stocked with a great variety of good-sized fish.
The largest tidal
lake on the New South Wales coast, Lake Macquarie is a natural breeding
ground and nursery for many species of fish. The numerous sandflats,
channels, deepwater locations and artificial reefs provide a rich source
of marine life all year round. Some of the top fishing locations include
Swansea, Belmont, Toronto, Belmont Beach, Wangi, Warner's Bay and Coal
A deep, natural harbour, Port Stephens is situated approximately
210km north of Sydney and provides anglers with all aspects of holiday
fishing from handlining to superb game fishing.
Every type of estuary fish can be caught from many locations but
local knowledge is helpful in deciding where to
fish. Some of the best spots are Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Karnak,
Lemon Tree Passage, Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Broughton
Island and Tomaree Head through to Anna Bay.
The channel entrance to the lake at Swansea is a renowned `hot spot'.
Flathead, flounder, bream and whiting can be taken from the many
sandflats which are accessible to waders. Luderick can be captured at
certain times of the year, as well as jewfish, kingfish and tailor.
Belmont and Toronto
In the northerly part of the lake, above these two areas, whiting,
bream and flathead are regular catches.
On the ocean-front beach, bream, flathead, jewfish and tailor are
taken consistently on the incoming tide.
Wangi, Warner's Bay and Coal Point
The New South Wales State Fisheries have laid a six artificial
reefs at these locations. Now encrusted with marine vegetation, the
reefs attract many fish including luderick, sea pike, yellowtail, bream
On the northern arm of the harbour, Tea Gardens is famous for the
size and quantity of luderick taken in the channels. Black bream are
also prolific in this area.
This growing holiday resort boasts both beach and estuary fishing.
The headland at Yacaaba has top rock fishing for tailor, snapper and
jewfish. In the estuary, leatherjacket, bream and luderick may be taken.
In the upper reaches where the Karuah River flows into the estuary,
bream, whiting and luderick are taken in the shallows. Boat anglers will
encounter flathead, sole and flounder. Also a good spot for blue swimmer
Lemon Tree Passage
These sheltered waters are ideal for boat anglers seeking flathead,
bream, whiting and luderick. In deeper water, squire and jewfish can be
A top spot for whiting, especially from November to January when they
are particularly plentiful. Off the tip of the point, Middle Island is a
'hot spot' for snapper and jewfish.
Boat anglers will take plenty of whiting in summer. The rocks at Fly
Point are a top bream and luderick location. Flathead, bream and whiting
can be taken from Little Beach.
During February and March, Shoal Bay is a base for game fishermen who
head for offshore Broughton Island in search of marlin, shark, snapper
and kingfish. Shorebound anglers will take flathead from the beach and
bream at Nelson Head.
The safe anchorage at Esmeralda Cove allows fishermen to stay
overnight and fish at dawn and dusk, the prime times at the island.
Groper, rock blackfish, snapper and kingfish can be taken from the
rocks. In the deeper waters around the island, game fishermen can try
for marlin, shark, kingfish, bonito, tuna and Spanish mackerel.
Tomaree Head to Anna Bay
Zenith Beach, Box Beach, Fingal Bay and One Mile Beach all offer
excellent beach fishing. Whiting in season, large tailor and jewfish
from headlands, and top catches of snapper, trevally, rock blackfish
(drummer) and bream are made along this coastline.