Something Fishy | Stay alert while whales are migrating past Port Stephens

Bream, garfish, luderick and whales, whales and more whales!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been launching "Stinkpot", my 11-foot tinny, off Kiddies Corner and motoring out of Fingal Bay, heading north to fish for snapper around the rocky outcrops in front of the Outer Lighthouse.

It can be a bit bumpy out there with waves crashing into the rocks and bouncing back.

The biggest safety issue however is dodging the whales that are motoring in a continuous stream down the coastal freeway.

On my last three outings, inquisitive whales have taken a liking to "Stinkpot" and are swimming closer and closer. Buckled into my life jacket, I am preparing myself for the day when I get a nudge from one of these monsters.

WATCH FOR WHALES: Stay alert to the ever increasing number of whales cruising down the coastal freeway. Picture: Laura Chaffey Photography.

WATCH FOR WHALES: Stay alert to the ever increasing number of whales cruising down the coastal freeway. Picture: Laura Chaffey Photography.

Fishing scene

Bream are moving along Stockton Beach to Fingal and into the port where they are gathering on the Nelson Bay breakwall to join the schools of thumping luderick which have already arrived.

We eagerly await the arrival of schools of tailor and salmon which are on their way.

Tuna have gathered off Broughton Island as reported by "Sneaky Pete". Huge schools of very nervous garfish are scattered along the coast.

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