Stinker’s Fishin’: Stinker – a fishing dinosaur Myall Coast Port Stephens by News Of The Area - Modern Media - January 17, 2024 Yellowtail are dynamic. IN fishing terms, I’m a dinosaur – everything I do is old. My methods, fishing gear and techniques have been around since Adam was a boy. My boat, “Stinkpot”, which I launch in Kiddies Corner on Fingal Beach, is just over three metres long. The mighty little tinny is driven along by a 9hp outboard. As could be imagined, after all the safety equipment, there is little room for anything else. No GPS or sounder, however I still manage to anchor on some of the greatest snapper grounds that Port Stephens has to offer. To locate the hot spots, I use the time-tested method of lining up landmarks like trees, houses and significant landforms. Once settled, it is time to establish a rich berley trail of muddied bread, fish and prawn scraps and anything else you can find. Time to get serious. With a 20lb line and 7/0 hook I toss an unweighted bait just short of the white water, secure my two rods in a holder and either side of the tinny and wait. So, what is the best bait to catch “Big Red”? I have tried them all from fresh squid, squid heads, pilchards, bonito, tuna, tailor and mullet fillets and prawns. The best baits I have found are slimy mackerel and the humble yellowtail. Preferably fresh, slimies and yakkas, either filleted or cubed, are dynamite. By John ‘Stinker’ CLARKE Slimy mackerel is hard to beat.