Well summer has officially arrived again, and let’s hope the fishing on the Mid-North Coast will be as hot as the weather over the coming months.
In the estuary, flathead numbers remain excellent, with the entire Hastings system fishing well. Pick of the baits have been either whitebait or yabbies, although live poddy mullet or herring are particularly appealing if you take the time to gather a supply. Lures of course remain an excellent alternative with most varieties worth throwing.
Whiting numbers are also on the improve, particularly around Blackmans Point and up the Limeburners, with surface lures really beginning to come into their own.
Lake Cathie is also well worth prospecting with either lures or bait as is usually the case when open to the ocean at this time of year.
Also in the Hastings, school mulloway remain consistent with lures accounting for the bulk of the fish, while around Rawdon Island has been worth a look for bream.
Off the beaches, school mulloway numbers have been up a little, with positive reports from both Lighthouse and North Beach, as well as Kylies beach south of Diamond Head. Most have been in the school size range however the odd better fish to around 13 kilos has been taken. Apart from mulloway, Lighthouse has held a few nice bream and whiting.
Off the rocks, results remain only average as is usually the case at this time of year. Best bet is to chase a few tailor at first light from the Lighthouse, alternately Shelley’s is worth a look for blackfish and the odd bream.
Those travelling south to either Crowdy or Diamond head are still finding a sporadic showing of late season drummer.
Offshore fishing continues to be dominated by average conditions, however from this month onwards the weather and seas will hopefully settle into more predictable patterns.
Those who have managed to get out are still scoring a few nice snapper close in off Lighthouse and Plomer, along with a few teraglin and kingfish.
The FAD is also worth the trip for mahi mahi, while wider out, marlin numbers are increasing which is great news for the months ahead.
Those hitting the fresh have also been doing exceptionally well on bass which is great to see.
If you happen to land a nice bass, Martha Stewart recipe sounds sweet. Combine oil, lemon juice, thyme or oregano, garlic, and pepper in a large shallow bowl. Add fish to marinade, and turn to coat; cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator 30 minutes. Heat the barbecue or a grill pan to medium-high heat. Remove fish from marinade, let excess drip off. Place skin side down, and season with salt. Grill until skin is lightly browned and starting to crisp. Carefully turn, and cook until well browned and cooked through and center is opaque.