Lures the go for mulloway at breakwalls, flathead up river, and leatherjacket offshore

Monster: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Damian Rafter who recently caught this terrific 24.85 kilogram mulloway off the south wall on a lure. Photo supplied

Monster: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Damian Rafter who recently caught this terrific 24.85 kilogram mulloway off the south wall on a lure. Photo supplied

After a relatively mild past month, this week has seen cooler conditions return to the Mid-North Coast.

Gusty south-westerly winds are also predicted over the coming days which is standard fare for this time of year.

While conditions may be a tad cooler than some would like, the fishing has been fantastic with plenty of options available.

In the estuary, blackfish have been quite consistent with both breakwalls worth a look.

Green weed, cabbage and weed flies have all accounted for plenty of fish.

Bream results have been excellent with good numbers of fish to about a kilogram in most locations in the lower reaches.

Best results have been after dark on either yabbies or gut baits, with the breakwalls and Limeburners worth a look.

The breakwalls have also been producing a few terrific mulloway with lures accounting for most.

Large plastics and hard bodies have been successful, with whatever lure the last fish was caught on seeming to dictate the trend for the following week.

Up river, school-sized mulloway are in reasonable numbers as are flathead, with soft plastics and soft vibes working well.

Off the rocks, some terrific bream have been on offer, with the areas around Plomer fishing quite well, particularly after dark.

Fresh tailor strips seem to be achieving the better fish.

On the tailor front, results have been consistent if not spectacular, however, the upcoming full moon may well see a better grade of fish.

Blackfish also remain in good numbers for those willing to float a bit of cabbage around the washes, with Point Perpendicular well worth prospecting.

On the drummer scene, the fish are certainly there, as long as you can access ledges devoid of significant sand.

Cunjevoi and large prawns have been the go-to baits, with reasonable reports from Hat Head and Diamond Head for those who don't mind a bit of a walk.

Off the beaches, bream have been terrific with Lighthouse and North Beach both holding plenty of well conditioned fish.

Pipis, strip baits and worms have all worked well.

Lighthouse has also given up a few tailor, along with the first consistent signs of salmon for the year.

Mulloway numbers remain a little subdued off the sand in general, however the tides from Friday onward are close to optimum.

Offshore, we unfortunately seem to be going through a period when rough seas and weekends are combined.

Hopefully this trend will end in the short term as there is some good fishing to be had offshore at present.

From the limited reports, snapper numbers are increasing with the next couple of months prime time.

Reasonable numbers of pearl perch, teraglin and mulloway are also about, together with a few solid kingfish.

Wider out leatherjacket numbers are increasing if you want a good feed, or simply feel like donating copious amounts of lures and terminal tackle.

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

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