The annual mullet run is well and truly underway ahead of schedule. The recent floods and early arrival of westerly winds have seen the mullet move earlier than we have seen for quite a few seasons.
In the estuaries, bream have been terrific, particularly around the breakwalls after dark. Prawns, strip baits and mullet gut have all seen good success, with some of the fish well over a kilogram.
Further up river, bream have been responding well to lures during the day, although we have had reports of many fish with sores on them. Hopefully this is just a temporary issue from the recent floods, and not a sign of anything more sinister.
On the blackfish front, the breakwalls have started fishing well, with cabbage and bull weed both seeing good results.
Flathead have also been consistent around Hibbard and Limeburners in the Hastings, while Lake Cathie has also produced some terrific action.
Whiting have been a little shy but will likely pick-up after the current full moon passes.
On the beaches, flathead have been one of the star species which is not often the case. Those prospecting the close-in gutters with lures around Lake Cathie and on North Beach are seeing great rewards.
Mid-sized soft vibes, and 3-5 inch soft plastics have both seen great success.
Also on the beaches, some nice tailor and bream are about, while a few juvenile mulloway have shown up around Lake Cathie and further south.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers have picked up with some nice fish to around 2kg taken from most headlands. Those throwing surface poppers or garfish have been getting the better quality fish.
Bonito numbers are improving along the coastline.
Those fishing the washes have also been scoring terrific numbers of bream, blackfish and drummer. Point Perpendicular, Plomer and around the Lighthouse have all been productive.
In the meantime, the odd longtail tuna remains about, although patience and perseverance are paramount, as quite a few locations have not seen any action until late afternoon.
Offshore, results were very hit and miss last weekend despite quite reasonable conditions. Snapper numbers were down from recent weeks, although a few nice fish were taken during afternoon and evening sessions.
Wider out, some nice pearl perch were welcome as always, while a few kingfish were active in around 80-90 metres.
On the inshore pelagic front, mackerel were once again elusive, but mac tuna and longtail tuna numbers are thick for those seeking a bit of sport.