The summer species are beginning to be a little bit more active. With the weather now warming considerably, water temperatures will follow over the next month or so, and the activity will gather momentum.
On the beaches, there have been some excellent late season bream about, highlighted by Bill Fitzsimon’s terrific 1.52 kilo fish taken from North Beach using the humble pipi. Lighthouse also has some nice bream and some terrific whiting.
Tailor results have only been average although salmon numbers have been up on most beaches. There are still reasonable numbers of school mulloway from both North Beach and in front of Lake Cathie, with live worms fished after dark the way to go.
There are still a few drummer hanging about ff the rocks, with the better reports coming from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular to the south, and Hat Head to the north.
Blackfish catches remain a little inconsistent, with the odd few fish about one day, and little the next. Locally, Miners and Shelley beaches have both given up the odd reasonable blackfish, while Lighthouse has been worth a look for a tailor at first light.
For those keen on chasing a few bream off the stones, best bet would be to head to either Big Hill or Plommer, with fresh tailor strips well worth throwing in either early morning or after dark.
Still plenty of groper from most headlands when sea conditions are calm. In the estuary, flathead are now by far the pick of the targets, with the lower part of the system continuing to improve as the estuarine waters slowly begin to warm.
Good news however for whiting enthusiasts, with numbers beginning to pick up noticeably in both the Hastings and Lake Cathie. At present, live worms and yabbies are scoring the bulk of the action, however as the prawn numbers begin to improve in both systems, look for significantly improved results on well presented surface poppers or stick baits.
Good news for whiting enthusiasts, with numbers beginning to pick up noticeably in both the Hastings and Lake Cathie.
Offshore, there are still good numbers of snapper in close as has been the case during the past two months. And, you guessed it, the better results continue to be achieved by those throwing soft plastics.
If bait fishing is your preference, the reefs off Plommer are worth visiting, with snapper, pearl perch, morwong and a few teraglin on offer. Trag rock is also worth a look for kingfish on either jigs or livies, with some nice fish to about 10 kilos on offer.
Until next week, good fishing and tight lines to all.