Something Fishy: Pandemic positive - there's plenty of time to write books

WEIGH IN: Wayne Coles is one of the six local champions that will be featured in new book Stinkpot's 50 hottest Fishing Spots.

WEIGH IN: Wayne Coles is one of the six local champions that will be featured in new book Stinkpot's 50 hottest Fishing Spots.

Current rules and regulations have given me the opportunity to pen another couple of books.

Nearing completion is kids book number four Just Dreaming.

The book tells of my vision of Port Stephens thousands of years ago, when the only footprints in the sand were those of the first people.

Brilliantly illustrated by Worimi man Regan Lilley the book tells of the abundance of animals, birds, fish and the denseness of the bushland.

The only characters in the book are a young boy Gaparr and his sister Mitjigan.

The readers are asked to dream about the past to better understand what the future will bring.

The other book I am working on is Stinkpot's 50 hottest Fishing Spots.

With the input of six of the best recreational fishers in the Port, I have listed the hottest spots between Stockton Beach and Seal Rocks.

The book features the outstanding photography of Stephen Keating and Bonita Holmes-Nu'u.

My next book will be The Farmers of Marsh Road commencing in February.

This book is about the dairy and vegetable farmers of Bobs Farm, the oyster growers and fishermen who dug the drains and channels in the boggy soil along the Marsh Road.

Recent research has revealed that mulloway numbers have declined leading to the reclassification of the stock status from "overfished" to "depleted".

How NSW Fisheries responds, remains to be seen.

Send your Port Stephens fishing tales and photos to Stinker at stinkerfishing@yahoo.com.