Something Fishy | Big Fish in the port

EPIC CATCH: A 25-minute battle resulted in a mighty cobia for Daniel Wardman.

EPIC CATCH: A 25-minute battle resulted in a mighty cobia for Daniel Wardman.

Local champ Daniel Wardman used 15kg gear to land this mighty cobia. I would suggest rope. The cobia is a unique fish which at times is confused for a shark. Also known as a black kingfish it can grow to over two metres and weigh up to 5Okg. The quickest way to Tea Gardens is to hook one of these powerful, tenacious  fish and hang on. More common in northern waters the cobia can be caught on the surface or down to 100metres. Best baits include pilchards, squid, garfish, yellowtail and any live bait. Lures and artificial bait all work. Crabs, blue swimmers and muddies continue to rumble through the channels and mangrove forests. Remember you are allowed to work two traps and four drop nets. The weather has prevented boats fishing the outer reefs, beach fishing and rock fishing, but there have been excellent catches inside the heads. Dusky flathead, bream, whiting and the occasional mulloway.

An invitation to join me at the Newcastle Writers Festival where I will be giving a presentation on April 8. More information later.

John ‘Stinker’ Clarke

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