Great to see a steady drop of rain during the week. Fingers crossed a little more comes along before the heat of early summer begins to kick in.
In the estuary, flathead are now well and truly the star attraction with some quality fish on offer from most parts. The Maria, Limeburners and upstream around Rawdon Island are all fishing quite well, as to the lower reaches around Settlement Point and the back channel.
A few bream are also on offer around Rawdon Island and up Limeburners, with those fishing lures seeing the more consistent results. Increasing numbers of whiting are also beginning to show up in the Hastings, with surface lures now beginning to account for their fair share.
On the bait front, live worms or yabbies remain hard to beat. On the mulloway scene, best reports in the Hastings have come from those fishing the upriver holes and structure with lures, however there is still the odd good fish active in the lower reaches.
For blackfish enthusiasts, results have picked up over the past week, with good fish caught around the break walls and Westport.
Lake Cathie has also been producing the goods over recent weeks, with the prawn run just about as good as it gets. While results will taper considerably as the full moon builds, the ensuing dark will be eagerly anticipated by many prawning enthusiasts.
Good to see those simply scooping scoring heaps as well. There are also some terrific whiting on the chew in the lake, along with some reasonable flathead. Unsurprisingly, live prawns have been the bait of choice.
Off the beaches, still a few bream and the odd school mulloway on North beach, with the tides excellent for chasing the latter from this weekend onwards. Whiting numbers are improving with in front of Lake Cathie your best bet, while North Haven has held a few tailor, albeit spasmodically.
Still a few solid salmon about, which is indicative of cool water along our coastline.
Off the rocks, very little to report as is often the case at this time of year. Best bet is to rise early and score a few tailor from around the Lighthouse, alternately a few drummer remain in the areas not sanded up. Plomer will also be worth a look for school mulloway after dark over upcoming the full moon period.
Offshore, the past couple of weeks have seen a few game fishing enthusiasts head wide, with some terrific early season striped marlin about. Hopefully this is a precursor to a great season ahead. Those heading wide have also had good success fishing the deep water, with some nice bass groper, blue eye trevalla and bar cod on offer.
Closer in, some rather cool water has slowed the snapper markedly. The odd fish remains active but you have really had to chase them. Anchoring and burleying at present seems to be doing the trick. Still good kingfish around trag rock and further out on both live baits and jigs.
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