August is renowned for producing a fair bit of breeze from the west, and this year is proving no exception.
Although often a tad cool and somewhat uncomfortable in certain parts of the estuary, the offshore winds often make for great conditions for fishing our rocks and beaches.
This is one of the benefits of our local angling scene, no matter what the weather, there is always somewhere you can wet a line.
In the estuary, blackfish have been up and down with no two days fishing quite the same. Green weed, cabbage and of course weed flies have all been successful on occasions.
Bream numbers remain quite solid and should remain so for the next few weeks at least.
We have had a few good reports from those fishing up river after dark, with Rawdon Island well worth a look. Mullet strips have been the bait of choice.
For flathead lovers, there are enough active fish around to make a trip worthwhile, with the section of the river between Limeburners and the highway bridges, including the lower part of the Maria, arguably seeing the better results. Whitebait has been particularly successful, as have all manner of lures.
Lake Cathie has also produced some terrific flathead.
On the mulloway front, both breakwalls have again produced fish to over 20 kilos during the past week. Lures, live baits and whole squid have all proven successful.
For crabbing enthusiasts, some nice muddies have been on the move up river, so setting the traps or witches hats may prove rewarding.
Off the beaches, bream remain in reasonable numbers but their condition has varied from fat to poor, depending upon their spawning cycle.
Whiting also remain excellent for this time of year, with the beaches near Lake Cathie well worth a look.
Tailor, however, have been patchy, although there are plenty of salmon schools along the coast eagerly taking lures or pilchards.
On the mulloway front, still a little quiet however a few positive reports have come from the Camden Haven area.
Off the rocks, drummer remain consistent with most ledges still producing a few solid fish.
The key, as always, is to seek the more washed out ledges, particularly those with a good supply of cunjevoi and cabbage nearby, and a reasonable coverage of stirred up water.
Berley of course, is essential if you wish to get an extended period of action.
With flat seas common during these offshore winds, groper from the more exposed ledges are also well worth chasing.
On the tailor front, results have been inconsistent, however Crescent Head has held a few nice fish. Locally, Miners is worth a look for bream and blackfish.
Offshore, the reefs are fishing exceptionally well with just a trickle of current making ideal conditions.
Both local charter boats have been doing exceptionally well, with plenty of snapper, pearl perch and other mixed reef species.
Still plenty of leather jackets wider out for you to either chase or avoid depending upon your perspective.