Fly fishing: not so difficult says local fisher Guy Wilcox

Something Fishy column

It is no secret, when it comes to fishing, I am a dinosaur. Everything I do is old.

Bait on hook, toss out, when they pull you pull harder. Fish in bag then into the kitchen. All very simple.

Catching a fish on a fly has never been considered. In my opinion it makes fishing more difficult than it should be.

Not so, reckons local champion Guy Wilcox.

Guy has mastered the art and you can find him along the Nelson Bay breakwall tossing a green weed fly that is eagerly accepted by the luderick which have been gathering there since autumn.

FLY CHAMPION: Guy Wilcox with his 45 centimetre luderick. Photo supplied by John Clarke.

FLY CHAMPION: Guy Wilcox with his 45 centimetre luderick. Photo supplied by John Clarke.

Recently Guy hooked a 45 centimetres thumper (pictured) which put all his light gear to the test.

Early morning tailor continue to attack pilchards and lures off the rocks on the southern side of Box Beach, One Mile Point and Fingal.

Set up before sunrise and toss an unweighted pilchard on a ganged 3x4/0.

A couple of winds and Whacko! Hang on!

Father’s Day is traditionally the start of the crab season in Port Stephens so it is time to check your gear.

Remember witches hats and traps with an entry over 36 centimetres are illegal with hefty fines.

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