Something Fishy: A whale of a time to be on the water in Port Stephens

HUMPBACK HIGHWAY BUSY: A whale breaching the Port's waters during the June long weekend. Picture: Stephen Keating
HUMPBACK HIGHWAY BUSY: A whale breaching the Port's waters during the June long weekend. Picture: Stephen Keating

Fishing with a mate off Boulder Bay recently we were rather distressed to see a whale on the surface facing south and not moving.

We watched for a period and there was absolutely no movement at all. Was it a whale? Maybe the hull of an upturned boat.

As we motored closer we were startled and relieved when the giant creature lifted its head, blew a mighty breath and slowly moved on. With so many whales passing I'm sure that there will be many more stories to tell before the travelling season is over. How fortunate we are to live in such a place.

Someone asked me 'when is snapper season in Port Stephens?'

I thought for a while. I informed my friend that there is no snapper season as the mighty fish are keen to bite all year round - if conditions are right. So what are the right conditions?

Warmish water, preferably over 17-18 degrees. Presence of baitfish and working birds means all fish are active. Snapper fire up in shallow water when there is wave action or following a big sea. The extensive reef system from Birubi to Broughton is ideal habitat for snapper. Give it a go.

How to get in touch with Stinker

If you've got a picture of a whopper caught in Port Stephens get in touch with Stinker via email at stinkerfishing@yahoo.com