This past week has seen the temperature rise noticeably, with quite a bit more humidity than at this time last year. Let's just hope this transforms into good rainfall as suggested by the experts .
In the estuary, good numbers of school mulloway to around a metre have been active around the deeper holes and structure between Hibbard and Rawdon Island. Large soft plastics and soft vibes have been doing all the damage.
The breakwalls will be well worth prospecting, particularly during the good tides leading up to next week's full moon. Some nice flathead have also been taken, however there are plenty of throw backs in among the better fish.
Bream remain reasonable with lures effective during daylight hours, and baits the way to go after dark. Blackfish however have been patchy at best.
For the freshwater enthusiasts bass numbers have been encouraging in both the Wilson and Hastings rivers, which is great to see after the carnage of last years drought and bush fires.
Diving lures, soft vibes and spinnerbaits have been particularly successful, however, look for surface bite to pick up as the weather continues to warm over the coming weeks.
On the crabbing front, plenty of muddies and some nice blue swimmers are active throughout the Hastings.
On the beaches, there are still a few nice bream and tailor about but not quite in the numbers seen over the past few months. Next week may see a slight increase given the upcoming full moon.
Shelley's in town and also around the front of Lake Cathie have seen whiting numbers pick up, with beach worms the bait of choice for these tasty morsels.
There are also a few salmon schools about, but not to the extent seen over recent weeks.
Off the rocks, most headlands are holding a few tailor with dawn sessions producing the better numbers. Next week's full moon may however see a better class of fish during evening sessions.
Apart from tailor, drummer remain active from most headlands, while Point Plomer is still producing a few nice bream and school mulloway. Shelley's has fished well for blackfish.
Offshore, snapper numbers have been excellent with many rating September as the premier month of the year for reds. Fish have been on offer from most reefs, although the better reports have come from around 50m off Plomer and 70m off the Lighthouse. Lures have been by far the premier approach, particularly for the better quality fish.
Also on offer have been some solid kingfish and mulloway, along with the always welcome pearl perch.