While the weather has been a little erratic so far this holiday period, results have again been terrific and certainly above expectations for this time of year.
In the estuary, the flathead are now the primary target as is usual for this time of year. There are good fish on offer from all parts of the system.
The lower section of the Maria, and around Rawdon Island in particular, are fishing quite well. Pelican Island and the coal wall are also worth a look.
A few bream are still on offer at Limeburners and along the coal wall, predominately after dark, on either yabbies or gut baits.
Those using lures are doing well further upstream towards Wauchope and Telegraph Point.
Increasing numbers of whiting are beginning to show up in the Hastings with Limeburners and around Blackmans Point now producing some nice fish. Live worms and yabbies have been the pick of baits.
Lake Cathie is also producing some solid whiting, as well as flathead, despite the low water level.
Off the beaches, those fishing daylight hours have been snaring a few bream and the odd whiting off Lighthouse, with worms the pick of baits.
North Beach also seen a few bream, as too has front beach at Crescent Head.
On the mulloway front, we are beginning see a gradual improvement which is unusual for this point in the season.
North Beach and around Lake Cathie seem to be the more consistent locations of late.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers have been sporadic as has been case for the past few months. The most consistent reports have been from Diamond Head with the best action at dawn, though the bite is brief.
A few bream are also on offer around Plomer although by and large the average size and condition has begun to diminish as you can expect at this time of year. Blackfish numbers remain reasonable, while the odd drummer and groper are still on offer from the few non-sandy gutters.
Offshore, the reefs are still fishing very well indeed with both Fish Port Macquarie and Ocean Star Charters scoring great mixed bags in the past week. Snapper, pearl perch, pigfish and morwong have all been around in good numbers.
Also on the snapper front, some terrific reds are still being found on most close in reefs. Best results have been achieved by either drifting with lures, or bait fishing at anchor in combination with a good burley trail.
A little wider out some terrific kingfish have been on offer with both jigs and live baits proving effective.
Finally, just a reminder that a massive charity auction is on tomorrow from noon at the Settlers Inn. It is a fundraiser to assist local angler Michael O'Brien who unfortunately suffered severe spinal damage in a boating accident earlier this year.
There are more than 150 items up for auction including fishing gear, sporting memorabilia, trade services and a host of other items with something for everybody. This is a very worthy cause and promises to be a great afternoon, so come along and show your support.
Until next time, tight lines and good fishing to all.