Once again the weather can't make up its mind at to what season we are in, with the past week dishing up blustery nor' easters, cold southerlies and a few very pleasant moments in between.
Despite this there is still some great action to be enjoyed by those willing to put in the time and effort.
In the estuaries, a few reasonable blackfish are still around, with the ocean ends of the breakwalls seeing the more consistent action. Cabbage and bull weed seem to be achieving the better results.
The odd bream is also about the walls, with evening sessions using either strip or gut baits. Some mulloway have also been caught on lures and live baits.
On the flathead front, results have been a little mixed, with some days seeing reasonable action and others seeing bites hard to come by. Persistence is the key.
Lake Cathie's prawn yield over the past week has been just about as good as it gets, especially when considering this period was not considered an optimum lunar phase.
With the lake's entrance now seemingly shut, unless mother nature dictates otherwise, no doubt the next dark will see plenty of prawn lovers about.
Mud crab enthusiasts should head upstream of the highway bridges for some positive action.
Off the beaches conditions have not been ideal with the combination of wind and swell.
Those who have managed to take advantage of the brief windows of opportunity are still finding a few nice bream along with the odd solid salmon.
Tailor enthusiasts could do worse than to fish the evening sessions leading up to next week's full moon. This period historically produces some of the larger fish of the year. Lighthouse and Grants beaches would be worth prospecting if you can find good close-in gutters.
Off the rocks, some drummer are still about but you will have to put in a bit more effort to find suitably washed-out spots.
On the tailor front the Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular have been worth a look, while Miners has held a few bream after dark.
Last weekend saw quite a few vessels heading offshore, with many keen to explore waters beyond 3 nautical miles after the lockdown was lifted.
Those who did head wide scored a few kingfish and pearl perch, along with the odd snapper.
On the whole however, the snapper action was nowhere near as frantic as enjoyed over the recent weeks, with the lack of current and cool water no doubt contributing factors.
That's fishing I guess, and there's always next time.
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