Angling is a great pastime

With the sublime winter weather of late, there have been plenty of anglers out on the water over this holiday break.

Whopper: John Ford recently caught this terrific 1.65kg blackfish off the south wall using only a light seven-foot graphite rod.

Whopper: John Ford recently caught this terrific 1.65kg blackfish off the south wall using only a light seven-foot graphite rod.

There is no doubt that angling is a great pastime for both the young and not so young, and with the vast array of angling opportunities the Mid North Coast has to offer, why not get out on the water and wet a line.

In the estuary, mulloway action remains about as good as it gets with the lower reaches providing quite a few quality fish on both live baits and lures over the recent full moon period. Those throwing soft plastics or soft vibes further up river are also enjoying a consistent run of school sized fish. Bream too remain solid from the break walls and up Limeburners, and should bite a little more freely now the moon has begun to wane.

Flathead numbers remain quite good despite the water cooling, with whitebait and lures achieving the better results. Blackfish numbers however, have been a little inconsistent although you will find a few fish on the break walls if you put in the time. Also on offer have been great numbers of garfish around the back channel and Lady Nelson Wharf for those seeking a bit of light line fun.

Off the rocks, tailor have been a little inconsistent with a few reasonable fish on most ledges one day, but oddly gone the next. To date, the better fish however, continue to be taken from the ledges south of Port. Morning sessions are also yielding some stud bream, with mullet strips proving the bait of choice.

Drummer numbers remain consistent, although it does surprise me that many drummer enthusiasts feel the need to travel well out of the Hastings area in search of pigs. Most of the local ledges produce fish in varying degrees, yet seem to be overlooked completely by many. Might pay to do a little local prospecting.

Off the beaches, bream numbers remain solid particular during the morning sessions. Best baits have been fresh mullet strips and pipis. Still a few nice mulloway around for those braving the cool nights, with both school sized fish and the odd better model encountered on both Lighthouse and North beach.

On the tailor front, the beaches around the Camden Haven continue to fare best, with some nice fish over 2kg taken during evening sessions.

For outside fishos, there have some good snapper on offer with those fishing the afternoons leading up to the moon doing particularly well. As is usually the case, those fishing baits scores the better numbers of pan sized fish, while those throwing lures or using live baits scored the larger models.

There were also good numbers of mulloway and teraglin off Plomer, with the better action found after dark. Wider out, leather jackets have been found in large numbers, with some scoring a great feed, and others begrudgingly donating generous amounts of terminal tackle.

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


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