Stinker |Travelling with schools of luderick

WHAT A WINNER: Eight year old champion Kayala Sullivan with her first breakwall luderick - with a little help from her dad, Brad.
WHAT A WINNER: Eight year old champion Kayala Sullivan with her first breakwall luderick - with a little help from her dad, Brad.

You would think, from all media reports, that the breakwall in Nelson Bay is the only spot in Port Stephens where luderick gather. That is not the case. 

Just like mullet that travel north along our coastline, luderick follow the same path along the beaches and into the ports and rivers.  The first stop for the fish are the rocky outcrops on Birubi Beach. Covered in a rich growth of sea cabbage the Birubi rocks provide the first feed after the long swim along Stockton Beach.

Next stop is Boat Harbour then Fishermans Bay followed by Middle Rock, Rocky Point, Boulder Bay and Fingal Head. The westerly wind continually pushes schools of luderick into protected corners along the foreshore where they rest and feed. They round Tomaree Headland and gather along the Torpedo Tube before continuing on to the Little Beach Jetty and then to the Nelson Bay breakwall.

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