Something Fishy | Jai finds a flounder or two

CHAMP: Young Jai Noyes fishes for flounder on Stockton Beach.

CHAMP: Young Jai Noyes fishes for flounder on Stockton Beach.

A couple of weeks ago I asked where all the flounder had gone.

Well, I did receive quite a few replies telling me there is plenty of flounder around, if you know where to look.

Young Jai Noyes regularly catches a flounder or two when he and his dad Brendan target Stockton Beach for mulloway.  Jai's trick is to toss out a peeled prawn on a long shank hook just behind the white water in any of the deeper holes and slowly retrieve.  He reckons he can guarantee a flounder every time.

There's plenty around, if you know where to look.

Stockton Beach is a special place, one of the few remaining open to 4 wheel drive vehicles.  Unfortunately, the reports I have received since Christmas are not that encouraging. Vehicles driving too fast and leaving too much rubbish behind.

I know that local regulars on the beach are very respectful of the safety and environmental issues. Maybe we need to educate our visitors?

On 14th February there is a meeting in Newcastle to discuss the recently released Draft NSW Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment Report which will decide the future direction of Marine Parks in this state.  Why wasn't the meeting organised for Nelson Bay?  

John ‘Stinker’ Clarke

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