Despite this time of year being neither here nor there on the piscatorial calendar, some terrific results have been enjoyed over recent times from all waters of the Mid-North Coast.
In the estuaries, flathead numbers remain excellent particularly downstream of Rawdon Island, with those throwing lures again achieving the better results.
Whiting numbers are also improving in the lower reaches, with encouraging signs for so early in the season.
Best whiting reports to date have come from Big Bay and the back channel, with yabbies and worms being the baits of choice. Look for the whiting to begin to really get excited over surface lures over the coming weeks as the waters warm and prawns become more active.
Also in the estuaries, mulloway numbers remain solid with some nice fish consistently active around the breakwalls and plenty of school-sized fish further upriver.
The breakwalls have also been reasonable for bream and blackfish, with fish to around a kilogram from both species on offer.
On the crabbing front the big numbers of a few weeks ago have slowed, with this past week seeing the muddies a tad elusive around many upriver haunts.
Hopefully this is only a temporary slow down on this front. In the meantime, some nice blue swimmers remain active downstream of Blackmans Point.
Off the beaches, mulloway numbers are better than we have seen all year particularly around the Camden Haven area. Worms, whole squid and fresh tailor have all been successful offerings on fish generally between 5kg and 15kg.
Tide does not seem particularly relevant at the moment which a little unusual.
A few bream and whiting have also been taken during daylight hours, along with reasonable numbers of salmon. Tailor however remain hit and miss with the better reports from late afternoons.
On the rocks, drummer reports have slowed although areas around Diamond Head have been fishing quite well considering the time of year. Interestingly many of the fish caught are still in roe, so the season may extend for a bit longer yet.
On the tailor front, a few fish have been snared at first light although numbers remain average. Lighthouse again has proven the pick of locations, while Plomer and surrounds have also produced a few reasonable fish.
Those fishing the evening sessions have been picking up a few nice bream as well as the odd mulloway.
Offshore, once again snapper dominate reports from pretty well all reefs. As usual, those throwing lures seem to encounter the better numbers of quality fish, however those using baits have also been well rewarded.
Apart from snapper, some nice pearl perch and kingfish have also been on offer.
For mahi mahi enthusiasts, the NSW Fisheries FAD has again been deployed for the summer season. GPS coordinates are S31° 26.749' E153° 04.349', which is roughly in the same location as previous years.
With good reports from waters north, hopefully it wont be long until the action begins.
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