Authorities have agreed to what fishers knew all along - their fave pastime is good exercise

Tasty: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Andrew Skellern with this cracking 480 gram whiting he recently caught on beach worms. Photo supplied

Tasty: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Andrew Skellern with this cracking 480 gram whiting he recently caught on beach worms. Photo supplied

At the time of writing, the state and nation for that matter, is coming to grips with the effects of COVID-19 and subsequent changes to the way we need to live our lives during this crisis.

After a turbulent last few days when government departments gave mixed interpretations in regard to the legality of recreational angling, we at last have some clarity.

NSW Police, in conjunction with the state government, have as of Wednesday, April 1, classified recreational angling as a passive exercise.

As long as social distancing and public gathering guidelines are complied with it can continue for the time being.

Anglers are urged to use common sense as this privilege could easily be removed if the guidelines are not adhered to.

Anglers are also requested to use discretion with their angling practices, to try and avoid any unnecessary interaction with already strained rescue services.

In the estuaries, bream and blackfish have been consistent off the breakwalls and in Limeburners.

Whiting have been active around Pelican Island and Blackmans Point, along with some terrific flathead close to a metre.

A few solid school mulloway have also been encountered, predominately from the upper reaches once again.

For crabbing enthusiasts, muddie numbers remain terrific from most parts although blue swimmers are now few and far between as is generally the case once a fair bit colour comes down the system.

Off the beaches, tailor numbers and quality have certainly picked up with some nice fish over a kilo taken from the southern end of Lighthouse as well as beaches throughout the Camden Haven area.

Whiting have also been consistent from Lighthouse and Shelley's in town, while most stretches of sand continue to produce some nice bream.

On the mulloway front, we have heard of a few nice fish coming from south beach at Dunbogan, however local results remain disappointing.

Off the rocks, tailor and bonito remain solid with Point Plomer to the north and Lighthouse locally continuing to be the pick of locations.

Also in the washes, drummer and blackfish numbers remain above expectations for this time of year.

On the land-based game front, longtail tuna have arrived in numbers, with fish caught from many locations ranging from Hat Head south to Forster. Live baits and large metals or poppers have all seen success.

On the offshore scene, Barries Bay has again been spasmodic on the mackerel front over the past week, with variable water quality contributing to these mixed results.

Having said this however, a few spanish and big spotted mackerel have been encountered along with the odd cobia.

Wider out, some terrific blue marlin remain about along with a sprinkling of mahi mahi.

Little to report from a bottom fishing perspective given the current, although there have been some terrific snapper closer in.

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