The estuary and inshore fishing has really fired up over the past month with some excellent captures.
In the estuaries, the flathead have been a little quiet but big numbers of bream have definitely made up for them.
There has been good breamin’ right through most of the rivers and there have still been a lot of trevally harassing schools of bait as well.
That’s the recipe for some fast-paced mayhem when a lumpy trevor comes through and takes a liking to a bait or lure destined for a humble bream.
As we enter these cooler months the prime spots to hit for a few bream will be the rock walls and other artificial structure in the lower reaches of the rivers and creeks.
However, clear days and clearer water, especially on the top of the tide, won’t make things easy.
At those times it’s worth heading upstream and fishing the natural structure in deeper or dirtier water. As you head up the estuaries you may even encounter some bass that will stretch your bream gear so be prepared for that and remember there is a zero bag limit on bass from June to September 1.
So if you come across any, do whatever you can to make sure they are returned to the water unharmed. Refer to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/info/catch-and-release#Maximising-fish-survival if you need info.
Whiting have remained prolific with a lot of good fish coming on poppers to those persistent anglers. I have heard regular reports of quality fish coming from areas such as Moonee Creek and with easy access to the flats up there, it’s well a wade around the flats.
Offshore last month there was great weather and plenty of quality fish.
Mackerel and snapper were still the big drawcards and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
A couple of the local kayak fishing fleet, father and son duo John and Mitch Maric, showed the rest of us how it’s done with a great effort off Woolgoolga.
Between them they managed a number of snapper and mackerel from their kayaks with the highlight a snapper/mackerel double hook-up. That makes a big day’s paddling even more rewarding!
The rocks and beaches have also really turned it on lately with some hot fishing.
Perfect weather isn’t always what a lot of us look for when we think of hitting the rocks as a day fishing the washes when there is no wash can be pretty slow but when there is that perfect mix of comfortable conditions and enough swell to mix things up a bit, there is no better time to be on the stones.
The headlands north of Coffs have been the real producers for jew and tailor with the lure-throwers finding some quality fish.
There is plenty of good ground up there and the recent opening of some prime marine park real estate has produced some great fish already and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.
If you fancy a trip to the beach, you should be able to come up with some bream and whiting this month.
Fish the gutters and around entrances to water such as Boambee Creek and Mylestom/Urunga with worms, pipis, yabbies or small cut bait and you should find some willing fish.Reads: 1260