Suspending minnow and soft lures should snare you a quality flathead from just about anywhere in the Hastings

On a winner: Our Berkley pic of the week is Kegan Schafer with the leading blackfish for our Penn fish of the year competition - a very healthy 1.52 kilograms.

On a winner: Our Berkley pic of the week is Kegan Schafer with the leading blackfish for our Penn fish of the year competition - a very healthy 1.52 kilograms.

Rinse, wash, dry, repeat - just like last week, the weather remains all over the place. Winds are varying from nor' easters to southerlies; there's a few days with the mercury over 30 degrees, and the ever-present chance of a thunderstorm.

Standard fare for this time of year, and likely to remain so for a few weeks yet.

In the estuary, our summer staples of whiting and flathead are really starting to fire up.

Flathead have been most consistent with good reports coming from pretty well all parts of the Hastings system.

For the lure enthusiasts, suspending minnows and soft vibes remain the profiles of choice, while from a bait perspective, whitebait has been a standout.

On the whiting front, surface lures are becoming more and more productive by the day, with both stick-bait and popper profiles working well.

If bait is your preference, worms and yabbies are the baits of choice, with Blackmans Point in particular fishing well.

Bream have also been terrific with the breakwalls again producing some nice fish either at first light or after dark. Mullet and slimey mackerel strips have both proven successful.

Further upriver, surface lures are working well on both bream and bass, particularly where the water begins to turn brackish.

On the mulloway front, some nice school-sized fish remain active around the highway bridges and towards Wauchope.

The breakwalls will be well worth prospecting this weekend with great tides leading up to the full moon.

Red weed is now showing up on many beaches although to date it has not been thick enough to really impact your options. Hopefully it stays this way, or better still goes away.

Best reports over the past week have been on bream and whiting, with Lighthouse and North beaches both holding fish.

Town Beach is also worth a look after dark or at daylight before the swimmers get too thick.

On the mulloway front, around Lake Cathie and South Beach at Dunbogan will both be worth a look with great tides and lunar conditions this weekend.

Off the rocks, a few tailor have been reported at Plomer and Diamond Head, although their numbers are not great nor is their size.

For night-time anglers a few nice bream have been on offer together with a steady supply of school mulloway.

During the daylight hours, those floating a bit of cabbage report the odd blackfish from around Miners and Shelly beaches.

Drummer reports however are now few and far between after our bumper winter season, although the odd fish will still be around for those prepared to chase them.

Offshore, some nice snapper have been taken on both plastics and lures, with the reefs off Plomer reportedly fishing well.

A few reasonable kingfish and pearl perch have also been taken, together with some bumper flathead.

Wider out, the water is warming nicely for the game fishers, with both striped marlin and mahi mahi numbers encouraging for this time of year.

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