Plane wreck attracts baitfish

NSW fishos on the lookout for a likely fish holding hotspot could do worse than study their sounder screens closely when venturing offshore from Port Stephens.

A wreck of a plane that went down in the area a few years ago has become a significant aggregation spot for baitfish.

While the exact location of the wreck may not be common knwoledge it has been confirmed as being within the boundaries of the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park. Fishing World contacted Department of Environment & Climate Change spokepesperson Antonia Liosatos who confirmed the wreck’s location does not lie within a sanctuary (no fishing) zone. 

The manager of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, Max Haste, says marine park divers had accidentally found the plane while searching – coincidentally – for underwater spots to put in artificial baitfish attraction devices. He said the plane had crashed about two years ago with no fatalities.

Haste said not only had the marine environment adapted to the wreckage of the plane, which was now covered with impressive marine growth, but he expected the spot to also become popular with scuba divers seeking a slightly different experience. It may now also become a likely haunt for boat fishos in the know…   



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