Salmon a pest or a bonus on most Mid-North Coast beaches depending on your take

Sent back: Our Berkley pic of the week is Mick Smith with this sensational flathead he recently caught then released while chasing whiting at Blackmans Point.
Sent back: Our Berkley pic of the week is Mick Smith with this sensational flathead he recently caught then released while chasing whiting at Blackmans Point.

Most of the past week has seen temperatures well below average and more wind than we would like, albeit predominately from the south for a change. At least we have received a bit of rainfall which is certainly most welcome, and should prove beneficial from an angling perspective.

In the estuaries, flathead continue to be the best bet with the Hastings and tributaries producing a few bags of quality fish. Best catches have come from around the Dennis Bridge while Settlement Point and Blackmans Point are both worth a throw.

Blackfish have been patchy at best, while whiting continue to improve in both quantity and quality especially in the Maria and Limeburners for those with a boat, while shore anglers could do a lot worse than to head for either the back channel or Blackmans Point.

As usual, live worms and yabbies will achieve the better results from a bait perspective, however the whiting are becoming more responsive to surface lures pretty well each day as the estuary waters slowly warm. Lake Cathie to is well worth a look despite being closed.

Also in the estuaries, school mulloway continue to be taken from all parts of the Hastings, with reports this week from the north wall and Rocks Ferry Bridge.

On the beaches, results remain inconsistent. Lighthouse has been producing a few whiting however there are plenty of throwbacks. A few reasonable bream remain on offer, particularly during early morning sessions.

Best results have been from North Beach and from around Crescent Head. Salmon continue to prove a pest or bonus on most beaches, depending upon your perspective.

The recent good tides saw a few school mulloway on offer from North Beach and around Lake Cathie.

Despite stacks of baitfish along our coastline at present the tailor have not been following all schools. It’s just a case of pot luck. 

Off the rocks, a few tailor have been taken from Point Plommer and surrounds, while the same locations during early morning or late afternoons are well worth a throw for bream.

A few nice blackfish have also been on offer around Shelleys and Miners, however a bit of rough water is a must.

The next few weeks may also be well worth a throw for a late season drummer, as recent seasons have seen good catches taken nearly up to Christmas.

Many keen pig chasers don’t mind this time of year at all, with the quality generally well up on the average fish encountered during winter.

Little to report from the offshore front, thanks largely to the constant winds which are frustrating anglers no end.

Hopefully this weekend will see acceptable conditions for a change, and if so, I expect strong patronage. With a bit of luck next week’s report will contain some more encouraging info.

Until then, good fishing and tight lines to all.

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