Wind direction makes things tricky

YOU BEAUTY: Our Berkley photograph of the week is of Mitch Lowe, who recently scored this sensational 59kg yellowfin tuna wide off Port Macquarie.

YOU BEAUTY: Our Berkley photograph of the week is of Mitch Lowe, who recently scored this sensational 59kg yellowfin tuna wide off Port Macquarie.

We are now going through that windy time of year, with rare breaks in between strong breezes.

Just what direction it’s going to blow from is the variable. Expect more of same for a few weeks until our summer weather pattern begins to settle in.

In the estuary, flathead are now well and truly the star attraction with some quality fish on offer from most parts.

The Maria, Limeburners and upstream around Rawdon Island are all fishing quite well, as too the lower reaches around Settlement Point and the back channel.

A few bream are also on offer around Rawdon Island and up Limeburners, with those fishing the evening session scoring better results.

Increasing numbers of whiting are also beginning to show up in the Hastings, although in the main the throwbacks outnumber the keepers considerably.

However, Lake Cathie is holding a better grade of fish on average, with evenings again producing best. Look for a sharp improvement on the surface lure front as the prawn activity picks up after the next full moon.

On the mulloway scene, best reports in the Hastings have come from those fishing the upriver holes and structure with lures, however from tonight onwards the tides are perfect for chasing them from break walls on either baits or lures.

For blackfish enthusiasts, there are a few really nice fish on the break walls and around the Lady Nelson Wharf, but not in great numbers.

On the freshwater scene, our summer bass season is shaping up extremely well, with great results enjoyed in the upper reaches of the Hastings, Wilson and, of course, Macleay.

Best results have been achieved on spinnerbaits and soft vibes when the sun is well up. However, the dawn and dusk surface bite is improving all the time in line with increased temperatures and insect activity.

Off the beaches, there’s still a few bream and school mulloway on North beach, with the tides excellent for chasing the latter over the next few evenings.

Whiting numbers are improving, with in front of Lake Cathie your best bet, while North Haven has held a few reasonable tailor.

Off the rocks there’s very little to report, as is often the case at this time of year.

Best bet is to rise early and score a few tailor from around the Lighthouse. Alternately, a few drummer remain in the areas not sanded up. Plomer will also be worth a look for school mulloway after dark over the full moon period.

Offshore, last weekend saw a few game fishing enthusiasts heading wide with some terrific yellowfin tuna still about, along with the odd mahi mahi, wahoo and marlin. Hopefully, the yellowfin will hang around for a few more weeks yet.

Closer in, the current has been running hard, but a few nice snapper and kingfish have been on offer off Plomer.

Until next week, good fishing and tight lines to all.

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