Winter westerlies have blown fishing out a bit this week but there's reasons for optimism heading into the weekend.
Saturday may be a little average but from Sunday onwards things are looking good for fishing.
Debate ranges about the yellowfin bite which has been raging the last three weeks.
What's not in debate is that Aaron Bevan got out last weekend aboard Gary Hoff's Out Of The Blue and bagged himself a Fish of the Week 66kg fin. Gary's daughter Brianna also boated a 30kg fish. And they weren't alone with similar reports coming out of the bay.
"There's still big fin off the coast and its good to know the bite has moved as far north as Port Macquarie," according to Jason "One For" Nunn, from Fisherman's Warehouse.
"Not everyone is catching them but the bite last weekend off Nelson Bay was phenomenal."
Jason expects the pattern to continue for the next month or so.
"Late July last year we got into them too," he said. "This year they are stretched out from Broken Bay to Port Macquarie so the potential is there to chase them up.
"We may seen fish up to 80kg. I know Brent Harding got one 80kg last week and there have been many fish between 70kg and 60kg.
"It's been a real talking point."
The key to this year's bite is that the current has come in to around the 500 to 1000 fathom line.
"It provides the opportunity to get out there," Jason said.
"Normally it's further out and it is a LONG trip - three hours hard driving.
"If you have bad seas it can be diabolical
"That's why you have to watch the weather.
"But the fish are sitting up on a big upwelling current.
"Water is around 20 degrees, the bait is there and the current is there."
Brent "Hammer" Hancock is a little concerned this week about the altimetry, noting the currents have pushed out a little further.
"People this last couple of weeks have found the upwelling water and taken advantage but the further out that magic line moves, the bigger the challenge," he said.
Paul "Ringo" Lennon, from Fish Port Stephens Estuary Charters agrees things have diminished slightly, but remains optimistic.
"Through July the potential will remain," he said.
"Guys I know have been getting great fish. Ben Doolan got one 65kg last week and Jack Hammond got an 80kg fish on a stick bait.
"People are keen and if the conditions allow, they will be heading out for a crack."
Jason and the team aboard Fifi enjoyed a magic day out a fortnight ago, boating two fish weighing in at 55kg and 65kg respectively and losing another, estimated upwards of 80kg, at the boat to a mako.
"Mate that was a big shark because an 80kg tuna is a big tuna and this thing bit it clean in half," he said.
"There are some big toothy critters out this wide and they follow the yellowfin schools around.
"When they pick up the vibrations of a wounded tuna on a line, mate they just smash it.
"All we were left with was the head and shoulders but we still managed to get some massive fillets."
Apart from the thrill of catching such big fish, Jason says the experience of finding big fin in big numbers is nothing short of spiritual in that moment.
"Three weeks ago we had a small marlin on and suddenly the water starts boiling all around us as the tuna drive the bait up. The bait head under the boat for protection.
"Suddenly dozens of 60kg, 70kg and 80g tuna start punching vertically eight to ten feet out of the water - totally airborne.
"It was like a David Attenborough movie.
"You just stand there and go "did you see that". It happens so fast.
"Like popcorn on a hot frying pan. I tell you, it makes an impression.
"The ocean throws up some amazing sights and experiences if you're fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time."
Reeling it in
Meanwhile fishing remains solid in closer to shore with plenty of kings being jigged off Texas reef.
Hammer reports an angler pulled in a 30kg king off Birubi beach this week.
Beaches are also holding good numbers of tailor, salmon and big bream.
"I'm tipping the snapper really come on after the wind settles down," Ringo said.
"Rocks are fishing well for luderick, drummer and groper."
Lake Macquarie is firing for bream, whiting, flatties and a few jew.
It's a similar story up in the bay with luderick the common theme throughout all estuaries.
Big shoutout to teenager Jack Beal who landed a 90cm jew out the back of Soldiers Point this week.