Bass hit the surface
  |  First Published: November 2011

We’ve had some more solid lashings of rain, immediately followed by stinking hot days and warm nights – it certainly is bass weather!

Our popular local southern bass haunts of the upper Bellinger and Kalang systems have been coming up with good fish so far this season.

So far there haven’t been a lot of sessions producing big numbers but there definitely are some quality 40cm-plus fish around.

The classic surface lures are accounting for heaps of fish – Jitterbugs and most small poppers along with one of my favourites, the Kingfisher Mantis.

As for diving lures, small fat-bodied minnows in darker colours will normally get the interest of a few fish.

Small, lightly weighted soft plastic worms and minnows fished deep around snags and into holes are a great way to go when things warm up in the middle of the day and the fishing gets a little quiet.


There has been some great action on the beaches over the past few weeks with some quality whiting taking worms, pipis and yabbies and these great baits will produce plenty of other species along the way.

Anyone putting in the time and effort will be able to find a few jewfish as well.

A lot of schoolies have been hitting soft plastics, hardbodies and bait.

And while you’re out in search of mulloway you just might come across a few tailor; their numbers have improved lately.


There are some good trevally starting to terrorise the estuaries; if you’re getting out and about throwing a few lures for early season mangrove jacks, you’ll surely come across a few.

Paul Van Den Boom has been harassing some of the smaller creeks close to town looking for those elusive jacks and has been finding plenty of trevally smashing up bait and causing havoc.

He has also been playing around with his GoPro camera and scoring heaps of quality fishing action on video.

If you’ve been watching all the fishing videos and short clips getting around these days and asking yourself how you could get in on it, setting yourself up with a GoPro is the way to go.

They are full HD, can be mounted just about anywhere and have a great wide-angle lens capable of catching all the action in close-quarters filming – perfect for use on the boat.

Considering their versatility, they are also reasonably priced compared with a lot of other full HD video cameras.


The snapper fishing has been good for those looking to take home a feed.

Plenty of pan-sized fish are available at the moment with a few better ones up around 4kg but those 5kg-plus fish now seem to be few and far between.

But sharks appear to be anything but few and far between out there lately. They seem to be regularly showing up in berley trails and following hooked fish to the surface so keep an eye out while you’re out there, especially while landing fish.

Its now leading up to that time of year we all look forward to, the silly season on the Coffs coast, so just remember things will start to get very busy very quickly. Take it easy while on the water and remember to be patient and respectful – and have fun!

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