Lori Whiteman wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this nice spotted mackerel, caught off South West Rocks on a recent fishing trip on 10lb line tolling livies. ‘‘Yes, I do have a swimmer top on,’’ Lori assured us. Call into Tackle Power Sandgate, at 53 Maitland Road, Sandgate, to collect your prize, mate. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the fishing page for verification. To enter Fish of the Week, email pic to [email protected]杭州龙凤419m.au with contact phone and catch details.CONGRATULATIONS to Newcastle-Port Stephens Game Fishing Club angler Amy McAndrew, who was crowned champion lady angler tag and release at Interclub 2015 which concluded at Port Stephens last weekend.

Amy was among a number of NPSGFC locals who took out various divisions.

NPSGFC Team 2 won the Interclub shield for champion club team capture, the boys on Get Reel won champion boat capture, Curly III got highest points for tag and release of sharks, and Drew Gibson on Critakill landed the heaviest shark, a 380.30kg tiger.

NPSGFC Team 1, which went into week two of the event leading the glamour team tag and release division, were overhauled by Sydney Team 2 (284,275) and finished third.

“It went right down to the wire,” NSW Game Fish Association president Garry Chenowith said. “There was only three fish between third, second and first.

“Sydney got the jump early on weekend two and held on for glory. The locals ended up running third.”

Garry was over the moon how the tournament ran this year.

“We were able to fish all four days and the fishing was good,” he said. “There was a good run of marlin on the second weekend with over 100 tagged and released, a mixture of stripes and blacks. That followed on from the 70 in the first weekend.

“Most of the fish were caught on the Carpark on week two. The change in the format was a huge success and made for very competitive fishing.

“And we had a great prezzo on the Sunday night.

“Everyone went home really positive about the event and planning for next year starts now.”

In other results, champion boat tag and release was taken out by Port Hacking boat Grommett (172,500 points) with NPSGFC boat Born Free in third place.

Sydney angler John Wise (150,031) continued his hot run of form from the Billfish Shootout to claim champion male angler tag and release with 12 marlin fishing on Hoodlum.

Jervis Bay angler Chris Barsha’s 175.30kg blue marlin, caught the weekend before, remained the heaviest marlin weighed.

Tonnes of tuna

ROSS Duff, from Salamander Bait & Tackle, reports long-tailed tuna have turned up in the bay.

Shannon Malone, from Fishermans Warehouse at Marks Point, reports they’ve been sighted off Swansea too.

“They’re running through the bay,” Duff said. “Fish up to 20kg. They go like the clappers and are reasonable eating but better sport. We should get a couple of months of them.”

Long-tailed tuna tend to miss the lake, Shannon said, but lurk just outside along the rocks.

Meanwhile there’s lots of bonito, mack tuna and striped tuna on the troll outside.

“Moon Island has been a hot spot for long tail, mixing with kingies, plenty of rats,” Shannon said.

“Swansea Channel has been holding kings too, lots of undersize ones, but if you can crack that you may get a big one. Bonito have been coming up near the bridge too, chasing squid.”

Limitless squid

BOTH Duff and Shannon report large numbers of arrow and green-eye squid throughout local estuaries.

But be aware, Fisheries have been cracking down on possession limit offences in recent weeks.

You are allowed 20 squid per person per day. There have been at least three stings in recent weeks in the lake.

A couple of weeks ago, three people copped fines totalling $1500 for being in possession of 900 cockles in the Eraring area.

Shannon reckons the squid have been putting a damper on the jew fishing.

“The jew are gorging on bait and ignoring anglers.

“There’s been the odd one caught but not as many as recent weeks.”

Having said that, Szilard Bohus caught a mulloway off the scale in Newcastle harbour this week.

“The fish was 155cm, however we couldn’t measure it with a 25kg scale that he had. Local fishers said it could be around 30kg,” Szilard reported.

Beaches have been firing for bream, whiting and some very good jews.

“Blacksmiths and Belmont have been producing reasonable size up to 20kg,” Shannon said.

Coastal snapper

THERE’S been good reports of snapper along the coast, around Broughton Island, off Fishermans Bay and Boat Harbour to the north, and off the inshore reefs around Newcastle, Moon Island and south of Swansea.

Beaches have been firing for whiting.

“One bloke snorkelling off Little Beach reports seeing schools with upwards of a 1000, so there was at least 500,” Duff quipped.

“It’s been a good season for whiting.”

Shannon reports similar sightings off the sandflats in the lake.

Flathead have been sighted out and about around Corrie Island and off Soldiers Point in the bay, and throughout Lake Macquarie.

Shannon got two on Friday night, one 88cm and the other 90cm. Both were released.

“The 90cm fish was full of eggs, with a big round belly,” Shannon said.

Changing seasons

THERE’S no greater sign that the season’s on the turn than when luderick and mullet start turning up.

Duff reports luderick and looming in and around the port while Shannon was fishing off Pulbah on Saturday and commented that there were a lot of mullet leaping.

“They’ll be schooling up over the next few weeks,” he said.

“March signals the end of daylight savings and that’s a bit of a downer for anglers but that’s how it goes. It’s been a good summer but now we’re heading into autumn, the days will shorten and the temps will drop off.”

Personal bests

IT was first time lucky for Cooper Davies, seven years old of Maryland, who got his first ever bream with his first cast of the day under Stockton bridge on the Newcastle side.

And talk about Dunn deals: Scott Dunn, of Maryland, caught a 22kg cobia off South West Rocks on a recent holiday with the family.

Meanwhile his son, Liam, landed his first marlin, a 60kg black off Broughton Island on 10kg line, complete with his foot in a cast with a broken ankle.