Lake Cathie is primed for next moon phase to bring sizable prawns

Still wriggling: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Jim Krahe with a 1.31 kilogram live bream he recently caught, weighed and quickly released back into the Hastings River.
Still wriggling: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Jim Krahe with a 1.31 kilogram live bream he recently caught, weighed and quickly released back into the Hastings River.

This time of year is renowned for more than a bit of breeze, with the odd cracking storm thrown in for good measure. Hopefully our more settled summer weather patterns will begin to kick in shortly.

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting remain the dominant species as per usual at this time of year. Flathead continue to be found pretty well throughout the entire system with both lures and whitebait providing the better results.

Best results on whiting have come from Lake Cathie, with daytime anglers throwing small poppers or pencil type lures doing particularly well despite the system now being closed.

In the Hastings, the Maria is probably your best bet although Limeburners has been producing some nice fish. Also in the Hastings, school mulloway numbers remain reasonable, particularly around the highway bridges and up towards Wauchope.

On the bream front, a few nice fish have been caught from the north wall after dark, while those throwing lures around Rawdon Island, up the Maria and in the canals have also scored well.

For prawning enthusiasts, we are just entering prime time, and I expect quite a high level of participation at Lake Cathie this moon phase. Based on last month, the numbers are certainly encouraging and we should begin to see an improvement in size from this moon onwards.

For those with drag nets, pretty well any part of the system should be worth a look, however for those using scoop nets, your best bet would be to head east of the main bridge where the water clarity is far better.

On the beaches, the constant winds have made conditions challenging, particularly during evening sessions. Those who have managed to find a calm moment are still scoring a few school mulloway after dark on beach worms, along with the odd tailor. Best bet however now the full moon has passed would be fish around daylight, with both north beach and Lighthouse worth a shot for bream and whiting.

Off the rocks, there are still a few drummer about despite the seasonal build up of sand. Point Perpendicular and Diamond head are both worth visiting, with the latter also holding some solid groper. To the north, Plommer and Big Hill have both yielded a few tailor and school mulloway, along with a sprinkling of solid blackfish.

On the offshore front, anglers are becoming frustrated by the constant winds, with very days of late offering conditions close to pleasant. Of the few reports to come in, some cracking kingfish to well over 10 kilos have been taken from trag rock and other reefs slightly deeper, while closer in snapper remain worth chasing.

If conditions settle, a trip to the FAD could be worth while, as encouraging reports of mahi mahi have come from not too far up the coast over the past couple of weeks.

Until next week, good fishing and tight lines to all.