Fishing report: Cracker tailors spotted off Port Stephens' beaches

Something Fishy

It’s tailor time. Schools of the best quality tailor that I have seen in years are cruising along our beaches and around the headlands between Birubi and Tomaree.

Don't kiss a tailor: Fingal Bay champion Ray Grech with a thumping Lighthouse tailor. The best time to drop a line for these fish is at dusk and dawn.

Don't kiss a tailor: Fingal Bay champion Ray Grech with a thumping Lighthouse tailor. The best time to drop a line for these fish is at dusk and dawn.

Cracker tailor up to a thumping 2.5kg in size, have been reported off Stockton and Fingal Beaches and in the white water off the Outer Lighthouse.

Other popular spots for reeling in a tailor, are Fishermans Bay, One Mile headland, Barry Park, Box Beach and the Tomaree Tubes.

The fish will bite during the day, however the best times are dusk and dawn.

Pilchards on a gang of 3x5/0 hooks cannot be rejected by these ravenous fish.

Don’t kiss a tailor

They will chop at just about anything when they are in a feeding frenzy, which seems to be all the time.

Silver lures retrieved at a brisk walking pace will be ripped into.

Small tailor are referred to as ‘choppers’, while the big fellows, which can grow to 1.2kg, are called ‘greenbacks’.

Here’s one more tip – don’t kiss a tailor…. they will chomp your lip.

When it comes to cooking tailor, do yourself a real favour and smoke them. Smoked tailor is sensational.

In other news… What are your opinions of the recently announced laws relating to the protection of our mulloway stocks? I think they are useless.

  • Got a pic or tip for Stinker? Email it to stinkerfishing@yahoo.com with your contact number and details of your catch.

Related reading: