For once the Mid-North Coast was spared the wrath of the weather gods, with most of the wild weather hitting well down the coast, apart from a decent drop of rain last weekend. If anything, this should only improve our winter angling season even further.
In the estuary, blackfish of about a kilogram have been taken from the lower reaches on green weed, cabbage and weed flies.
The breakwalls have produced a few reasonable bream plus a lot of undersized ones. Hopefully the bit of colour added to the Hastings in the past week will see them bite a little more freely.
The moon and tides this weekend are terrific so I would expect plenty of lures and live baits will be deployed in the lower reaches of the Hastings. Hopefully the improved results seen in recent weeks continue.
Elsewhere in the estuaries, flathead remain consistent while Lake Cathie is still fishing well for whiting.
Off the rocks, most ledges have drummer in supply. Flagstaff, Miners, Plomer and Crowdy have all been doing well. Many enthusiasts are reporting better results on cunjevoi or bread this season rather than large prawns. Blackfish remain solid with most headlands containing good numbers of well-conditioned fish.
Point Plomer and Big Hill have been productive for bream, and the washes around Lighthouse and Blueface are worth a look after dark or at first light.
There have been some reasonable tailor around and the upcoming full moon phase could see some larger greenbacks on offer.
On the beaches, results have been a little subdued as can often be the case as structures redevelop following a period of large seas.
Best reports have been on bream and whiting, with North Beach and Lighthouse worth a look. Tailor remain patchy, however there are plenty of salmon taking both pilchards and lures.
Offshore, sea conditions have been average on most days with limited opportunities. Hopefully this weekend will be kind and we'll see good results on snapper, pearl perch and kingfish.
The reefs off Plomer, around 40 metres to 60 metres, are worth a look for mixed species. Close in off Lighthouse Beach is worth prospecting for big snapper.