Something Fishy | Port Stephens' Wayne Coles heads to Alaska for salmon season

FAMILY OF FISHERS: Grandson of well-known Port Stephens fisherman Wayne Coles, 10-year-old champ Rylan Coles with one of his mulloway. Picture: supplied.
FAMILY OF FISHERS: Grandson of well-known Port Stephens fisherman Wayne Coles, 10-year-old champ Rylan Coles with one of his mulloway. Picture: supplied.

There is no better recreational fisherman in Port Stephens than Wayne Coles.

Colesy is deadly on all species from Birubi to Seal Rocks and right throughout the port. When he targets a fish, crab or lobster they are in big trouble.

All the family are into fishing, even 10-year-old grandson Rylan recently landed three cracker mulloway.

Colesy, with son Mat, is off to Alaska to target big salmon. The salmon should be shaking in their boots.

Garfish on the bite in Shoal Bay

Recently I cruised from Rocky Point, past the Outer Light north to Shark Island. Never have I seen more garfish in the water. Wave after wave of fish leaping in silver showers with predators in hot pursuit.

The garfish have taken up residence in Shoal Bay and can be caught off the wharf in front of the pub.

When the weather finally settles prepare yourself for an invasion of snapper, bream, tailor and luderick. Hit the beaches for big, broad shouldered, bright eyed snowy white bream.

These fish are great to catch and perform magnificently in the kitchen.

Best beaches are Stockton and Fingal and the best baits are fresh mullet, sea worms, pipis and yabbies. Toss out behind the shore break and - hang on!

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