Fishing is starting to rock along the coastline, according to Paul "Ringo" Lennon, from Fish Port Stephens Estuary Charters.
Quality fish abound as the travelling season gears up, presenting golden opportunities to catch a feed.
"The rock fishing should be really going off actually," Paul said.
"It's the travelling season for a lot of winter species.
"You should find a lot of luderick, bream, drummer, groper and big squid around protected bays in the next few weeks.
"The big squid tend to move in and breed.
"Often you'll find them stacked up in big numbers and big size.
"They make great bait or they're great on the plate."
"Plenty of longtail both in the bay and off the ocean rocks at the moment," Paul said.
"Last weekend was a no-go of course with the monster seas, but things have settled down and Wednesday morning guys were out and got tuna straight away.
"Good sized late-season tuna - 17kg plus."
If you're keen to try you hand at this species, Paul suggests live baits suspended under a float at about 2.5m will get you some attention.
"You get a lot of bi-catch fishing that way - bonito, shark, cobia," Paul said.
"The longtail should hang around another couple of weeks."
Location wise, Paul suggests you look for a deep ledge with a bit of reef in front holding bait.
"There's been plenty of slimey mackerel around and after the big seas of last weekend it will take time to settle down but you should be able to jig up yellowtail," he said.
Bream fishing throughout all estuaries is sensational at the moment, as our Fish of the Week winner Cooper Hill will assure you.
"After the stir up the bay has been really firing too," Paul said.
"Oyster racks, rock walls, anywhere there's structure - May is a great month for bream fishing.
"Anchor up near a rock wall or set up on the rock wall, berley up with a bit of bread and drift a prawn or ure through - light plastics or a crank - and you should do OK.
"This time of year is the travelling season. Fish migrate north along the coast line.
"When you get a bit of weather they will move into an estuary and take up residency around structure
"Same with luderick.
"Nelson Bay would have to be one of the hottest spots along the coast for blackfish this time of year."
In the wake of big seas, this weekend should be a fantastic chance to chase snapper.
They love to come in close to feed when things have been stirred up.
"Typically it should be ideal in the next couple of weeks, and definitely the next couple of days," Paul said.
"This weekend should be good chance to get out and give it a crack.
"The water's not too cold yet and the weather's not too freezing either."
Beaches have taken an absolute hammering the last week or so but should settle down pretty quick.
"Should be good jewies after dark and expect bream in the corners where the sand meets those rocky headlands," Paul said.
Best catch this week south of Swansea is likely to be a shipping container, according to Sean Griffith, from Fishermans Warehouse at Marks Point.
A few have washed up on Birdie Beach near Terrigal this week after being blown off shipping down south last weekend.
The containers pose quite a threat to anyone considering getting outside this weekend and Sean advises extreme caution.
"They lost 40 odd containers overboard and who knows where they'll end up with the currents and stuff.
"They can sit just under the water with the air pockets in them, so people need to tread lightly.
"A trawler spotted one off Wybung on Thursday.
"If you hit one it's not going to be pretty.
"In fact, I'd say it'd be pretty much game over I reckon."
Salmon continue to inhabit Swansea channel.
Good size, but still waiting on the big numbers.
Plenty of big bream being caught throughout the lake too.
"Dave "The Priest" got an 11kg jew, hooked in the southern section of the lake this week," Sean reported.
"He caught some cracking tailor as well. There's still leatherjackets in the channel. A few snapper caught in close off Swansea on the local reefs.
"Not too many gutters on Blacksmiths Beach after the big surf. Better to try Catho [Catherine Hill Bay] which has a nice one going.
"I was down there Saturday watching the big wave chargers - bloody amazing."