Surface lures are starting to produce results for whiting, and will be a go-to method in coming months

Big red: Our Berkley pic of the week is Brent Kearns with this terrific 5.6 kilogram snapper who recently caught offshore from Port Macquarie.

Big red: Our Berkley pic of the week is Brent Kearns with this terrific 5.6 kilogram snapper who recently caught offshore from Port Macquarie.

It's that time of year again, when strong nor'east winds become more frequent, only to be interrupted by the odd big southerly and occasional sublime day.

If the latter coincides with your angling time-frame, happy days. Otherwise you will likely have to contend with a bit of breeze from some direction for a few weeks, until our summer weather pattern settles in.

In the estuaries, bream numbers have picked up in the lower reaches of the Hastings.

Best results have come from both breakwalls and around Settlement Point, with mullet strips and brined prawns working well.

Flathead numbers also remain solid with lures of most profiles seeing good results, as is whitebait from a bait-fishing perspective.

On the whiting front Limeburners, Blackmans Point and the back channel are all starting to hold some nice fish, with the better results being achieved around the top of the tide.

Surface lures are starting to really produce the goods, and will be a go-to method over the coming months.

For blackfish enthusiasts, the breakwalls are still holding some nice fish, with both sea cabbage and weed flies seeing success over the past week.

On the mulloway front, while the lower reaches have been a little slow, school-sized fish remain in good numbers between the highways bridges and Wauchope.

On the beaches, whiting numbers continue to improve with Lighthouse in particular giving up some nice fish.

Best bet is to fish the shallower sand bars on the rising tide with either worms or pipis, and avoid the deeper gutters.

A few reasonable bream also remain on offer, with Grants Beach continuing to fish quite well.

For night time anglers, school mulloway remain viable targets, with the beaches south of Port again faring best.

Of concern, however, is the first real sign of red weed for the year. Fingers crossed is does not develop into the level whereby angling options are severely impacted.

Off the rocks, a few tailor have shown up around Point Plomer, although, generally speaking, they are only in the chopper class.

A few blackfish continue to be encountered locally, with Shelly and Miners beaches the pick of locations.

For night-time rock hoppers some reasonable bream remain on offer together with a few school mulloway, with either Big Hill or Plomer worth a look.

Offshore, those who have been able to take advantage of the limited weather windows have generally been doing quite well.

Snapper numbers are still quite solid with both baits and plastics working well. Best results of late have come from the reefs south of Port.

Some cracking pearl perch have also been on offer, with a few fish well above 3kg caught.

Kingfish have also been reasonable both around trag rock and wider, with both live baits and jigs effective.

For game fishing enthusiasts, a few striped marlin have shown up which is most welcome, while the FAD has also seen mahi mahi in reasonable numbers.

This story What's biting? Check out Limeburners for whiting at top of the tide first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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