May on the Mid-North Coast is arguably the premier time of year for angling.
On the beaches, we are at last seeing numbers of school mulloway, albeit the majority only juvenile. While we would all love to see a better class of fish, this is a great sign for the future so please ensure good release practices.
Tailor numbers are also picking up, with most beaches holding reasonable numbers. Bream also remain first class off the sand as they have been since the floods. Fish to over a kilogram have been taken off Lighthouse and North Beach. There is still the odd whiting for those fishing the shallow spits with beach worms.
Off the rocks tailor have been consistent, with some solid fish to around 2 kg taken from Point Perpendicular earlier in the week. Lighthouse is also holding fish, as are Point Plomer and surrounds.
Bream remain terrific off the headlands, while drummer numbers remain encouraging with the best of the season still ahead.Try Point Perpendicular, Point Plomer and around Shelly Beach.
Good numbers of blackfish remain active for those keen to throw the float off the stones, with Miners and Lighthouse beaches both worth checking out.
On the land-based game scene, the occasional longtail tuna is still lurking around Point Perpendicular and Bonny Hills, with patience and persistence key.
In the estuary, juvenile mulloway have shown up in numbers with fish found in several locations from around Wauchope to the break walls. Once again, please ensure good handling when releasing them.
On the bream front, the breakwalls are still fishing very well, particularly after dark. Given the number of fish with red spot upriver, focusing your bream in the lower reaches is best.
Still plenty of flathead active in the Hastings and throughout Lake Cathie, with all manner of lures seeing success. If anything, soft vibes are again the standout profile. On the whiting front, Lake Cathie has again produced a few nice fish after dark, while around Pelican Island and Big Bay in the Hastings have also been worth prospecting.
Good news to for blackfish enthusiasts, with the breaks beginning to hold numbers of quality fish. Good results on fish to around a kilo have been achieved on weed flies, cabbage and bullweed.
Offshore, mackerel are still about with reasonable numbers off Diamond Head and the odd Spanish locally.
On the bottom fishing front, snapper numbers are reasonable from around the 50 metre depth, whilst a few nice pearl perch and kingfish are also on offer a little wider.