With the world currently in turmoil courtesy of COVID-19, we now are seeing social restrictions in place not seen since the World War II. Let's just hope these restrictions are the beginning of controlling and eradicating this threat sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, we trust everybody will do their bit to stay safe via social distancing and self isolation as appropriate.
What better way to comply than by finding your own spot on the water and enjoying some of the great angling on offer throughout the Mid-North Coast.
In the estuary, blackfish have been fantastic with the south wall well worth visiting, with both cabbage and artificial weed working well.
A few nice bream are on offer for those fishing the walls after dark. Flathead have also been terrific with good numbers taken on lures and baits around Rawdon Island and in the lower section of the Maria.
Whiting have been consistent around Blackmans Point, and Limeburners. Worms and yabbies have been the best baits.
For mulloway enthusiasts, there are still quite a few school-sized fish in the system, and with increased numbers of mullet assembling in the lower reaches, a few larger models may just begin to reappear in the coming weeks.
On the crabbing front, the upper reaches remain alive with plenty of muddies on offer, although keep an eye on your traps as the past week has seen plenty mysteriously vanish overnight.
On the beaches, there are some terrific bream around, with both North Beach and Lighthouse producing well during early morning and evening sessions. Whiting have also been first class, with beach worms and pipis doing the trick on both species.
On the tailor front, numbers are certainly picking up as we progress into autumn and the water clarity slowly improves. Pilchards, lures and even whitebait have all proven effective.
Mulloway however remain elusive although we have heard of a few nice fish being taken from South Beach near Diamond Head.
Off the rocks, tailor and bonito have both been common, with the increased numbers of baitfish the catalyst for their improved presence.
Also in the washes, blackfish, bream and drummer have been well above average with their numbers more in line with what we expect in the middle of winter.
On the land-based game scene, a few longtail tuna have been encountered both north and south, although the enthusiasts are keeping the details closely guarded.
Offshore reports have again been dominated by the mackerel action both in Barries Bay and of course the waters north.
To date the results remain spasmodic, with the variable water colour and temperature seeing results differ markedly from tide phase to tide phase. Sharks also remain an issue particularly in Barries Bay.
Wider out, there are some cracking blue marlin about for the game fishing enthusiasts, while the strong currents have seen challenging conditions for those chasing bottom fish off the reefs.