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Jewfish bonanza
  |  First Published: April 2011



It has been an excellent month for fishing around Harrington area. School jew have been caught up-river, from the wall at the mouth and from Harrington and Crowdy beaches.

Some southerly weather has put them off the bite for about a week but as soon as the wind moves around to the north-east they came back on the bite.

This is the best the jewfish have been for over 30 years, judging on the number of fish being caught.

Bass anglers have also been experiencing good times with the water levels almost back to normal and some good fish taken on hard-bodied lures.

The Manning River has cleared nicely in the lower reaches but upstream the water is still dark and murky towards low tide.

Bream have made their way upstream above Taree as well as into the smaller tributaries.

Flathead can be caught on bait and soft plastic lures downstream from the mouth of the Lansdowne River. Several fish from 2kg to 3.5kg have been taken recently.

Bream are still on the bite along the retaining wall at the mouth of the river. They bite best when the last of the run out comes down and they have a bit of cover in the discoloured water. Not many fish are being caught at night.

Whiting have been caught on the sand flats on beach worms and yabbies but they move around and have to be located each session.

Of course, school jew are the No target in the estuary. Live herring, beach worms and fresh fish strips will all take fish.

Luderick have been an on-again off-again proposition and are never on the bite when a comp is on.

BEACH, ROCK

Beach fishing is much improved with a better size of tailor turning up. Fish to 1.5kg have been caught and there are lots of fish from a kilo upwards.

Usually lures work best in the mornings and bait is best in the late evening.

Salmon are being caught on beach worms, pilchards and squid heads. Some of the salmon are up around 4kg and put up a good fight on light line.

Jewfish have been taken wherever there is a spit or a flat with some decent whitewater running off into deeper water.

They bite from first light to sun p and from dusk to dark. If you do not get a few fish at those times then change spots for the next session.

Some quality drummer have been caught from Crowdy Head rocks on cunjevoi.

OFFSHORE

Outside fishing has been quite good but nothing like it was when the hot currents were in close to the coast.

Small snapper to 1.5kg have been taken on bait and soft plastics around Mermaid Reef while big mahi mahi have been caught on the very wide grounds out near the continental shelf.

‘Bonito are plentiful and fish to 4kg are falling to trolled lures.

Flathead have been taken on the drift and a 20kg jew was caught off Abbey Creek.

April is a great time to hook into the tailor on the beaches and the mullet are schooling up in the lower parts of the Manning, where a live bait fished at slack water can easily get eaten by a good-sized jew.

Bream and luderick will be moving along the walls in schools and will bite well in the dark on yabbies.

Daytime luderick anglers can concentrate their efforts around the gantry using green weed.

The rocky headlands of Crowdy and Diamond heads are best fished with garfish or bonito slabs on bobby cork rigs for big tailor. There’s nothing like a 5kg tailor to lift your spirits and make you keen again.

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