It’s all running hot!
  |  First Published: March 2011

The weather, the water and the fishing are all hot.

Outside of the 40m line, the ocean temperature has been 24° to 26°. This hot water is coming down from way up north, bringing all the tropical species.

In close to the coast the water is much cooler and there are not the same numbers of fish around as in the warmer water.

The Manning has also experienced another couple of freshes in the past month. The dirty fresh water has hunted most of the fish downstream and fishing in the lower parts of the estuary is really good.


The holidaymakers experienced some great fishing as the clear, blue water from the ocean pushed up the river.

School jew, bream, flathead and whiting have all been taken in the lower parts of the estuary.

The jew and flathead have been caught on live bait and soft plastics while the bream have been caught on soft plastics, yabbies and fish strips.

The whiting are biting on yabbies and beach worms. Not many of the local fishos spend a lot of time with plastics for whiting.

The best jew to be caught from the end of the sea wall went 18kg while several fish of 10kg to 13kg have been taken. Smaller fish around to 4kg have been plentiful.

As the river clears, the bream and flathead move upstream and this will be good for the Mid North Coast AFCA anglers because their estuary championships are on in a couple of weeks.


Prior to the last lot of southerly weather, Crowdy Beach fished as well for school jew as any time in the past 25 years.

The average fish were 3kg to 5kg with a few around 10kg. Beach worms and squid heads were the best baits.

The jew were not just in the one spot but could be caught from seven or eight places along the beach.

From first light to sunup and again from sundown to dark were the times to fish with success.

There were plenty of salmon to scoff up the worms and squid heads if the jew did not find them first.

There are some sizeable tailor to be caught on lures from Crowdy Beach, especially in the mornings as soon as it is light.


Outside anglers have been enjoying some of the best offshore fishing in years.

The water is very warm and those trolling lures have been picking up bonito to 4kg.

Out on the continental shelf mahi mahi have been caught on lures while kingfish have been taken around the Wave Rider buoy.

Teraglin have been landed from the northern grounds and pearl perch are coming in from Mermaid Reef.

Pan-sized snapper have been plentiful inside Mermaid Reef and a 76kg back marlin was taken on a lure out on the edge of the warm water.

Tailor schools are building up and it looks like it will be a good Autumn and Winter for these great eating fish.

In the estuary the schools of luderick will build up as the water clears and the daylight anglers will have no problem catching a bag of these fighting fish.

Flathead will stay on the bite until late June, unless we get a run of very cold water from the Barrington Tops.

This month the mullet will begin moving down the river and schools of fish will be found around the buoy at Jones Island, near the mouth of the Lansdowne River, at the mouth of Cattai Creek and down near Chinamens Point.

Boat anglers will be able to hunt a big jew by floating a live mullet near the schooling fish.

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