After a glorious Easter break, this weekend is shaping up a little on the fickle side.
A forecast southerly will likely bring the chance of possible showers, but nothing too damp or windy, and definitely fishable, according to Brent "Hammer" Hancock, from Tackle World Port Stephens.
"It will be a bit of wait and see over the weekend as far as conditions go but there's plenty of action in and outside the port," he said.
"The water is clearing up well in the bay, with a lot of fish moving round - flathead, bream really on the chew and a few jew.
"We've seen kingfish coming off the breakwall and the odd longtail tuna about inside the bay.
"Offshore, we've seen some great snapper caught off Broughton. I got a couple up to 6kg this week, as well as a long-tail and a cobia.
"The marlin season might be winding down, but a commercial snapper fisho mate of mine caught a small black just off Boat Harbour today (Thursday).
"Calypso headed wide last weekend and caught a blue marlin and a wahu, so you know, there's still fish out there.
"Water temp is still pretty good at 22 degrees.
"I'm tipping after the good flush we've had that the bream and luderick fishing this year is going to be sensational."
Charlestown Anglers report a few nice jew caught at the club's April outing last weekend, which was a bonus, literally, because jew was the bonus species.
"We also had a fair few other species including flathead, bream, tailor, squire, drummer and flounder," club weighmaster and spokesperson Troy Terrill said.
"The weather was not too bad for the weekend but Sunday the wind did pick up big time mid morning as some members found out when trying to put their boats back on trailers at the ramp."
Troy ended up taking out overall male honours ahead of Phil Arthur in second place.
Troy's wife Jodi made it a family double, saluting in the ladies division.
Shoutout to Phil Arthur who took a weekend timeout from work commitments to bag a variety of fish.
"It was great to see his face at weigh-in and put a few fish in the weigh bucket," Troy said.
Troy was up early on the Saturday morning chasing the silver ghost and picked up a nice jew in the lake, measuring just over 90cm.
He took wife Jodi out after lunch for an arvo jew session, and after Troy landed a 68cm flathead, Jodi registered her first legal jew, going 79cm.
"It was great to see Team Terrill both getting a jew over the weekend," Troy said.
Mark Redman and Richard Hepplewhite headed north to Port Stephens and picked up some cracking drummer, tailor and bream off the rocks, as well as a nice little jew which at first Mark thought was shaping as a PB drummer.
Charlestown Anglers' next outing is an away trip to Myall River, May 14-16.
The club has an INTERCLUB Comp Charlestown Anglers vs Teralba Lakesiders running April 30 to May 2 3pm, with weigh-in at Teralba Bowling Club.
So close yet again
Fish of the Week winner Carter Everett went close once again to joining the Magic Barra Metre Club on a recent trip to Arnhem land.
He'd gone close on two other occasions and it was looking like this time might be THE time, according to Dean Carey, who was part of the crew that headed to the Top End a fortnight ago for an annual family and friends fishing pilgrimage.
"Carter hooked this beauty on a green Jonsey lure and after only a few seconds into the battle we were all thinking Carter was about to join the barramundi metre club.
"After some fantastic angling the arm wrestle was over and the fish was in the boat.
"The brag mat was laid out on the deck and the fish was slapping that tail on what looked like 99cm.
"We pushed, we prodded and we let it lay there to grow a bit more but nothing more happened. It was stuck on 99cm.
"That magic metre club didn't get a new member that day and Carter continues to dream about the magic metre barra ,but he outfished me again.
"My biggest for the trip was only a 96cm. Bloody kids!!"
Dean's wife's grandfather, Boyd Bradstreet, hosts the trip north each year and Carter is Dean's son's best mate.
"It's a bit of a 'great grandson's' trip and I get to go along and we also take Carter and his dad Greg," Dean explained.
"We mix it up a bit, but generally target the Arnhem area because it's really remote - crocs on the bank, buffalo everywhere.
"We go through Dhipirri Lodge which has an agreement with the local indigenous people, and gives you great access to country.
"We fished five solid days and caught a heap of barra.
"The grandfather will be 93 this year and fishes all day - he loves it, and so do we. Hope I'm doing the same thing at his age."