It is not nice to learn that the dreaded European carp is on the move in the Manning again.
From the information I have gathered from numerous freshwater anglers who fish the Manning much more than I do, European carp have been in the Manning for 15 years and for most of that time have remained in a small area of the river near Kilawarra bridge.
About seven years ago they were caught downstream near the Wingham Brush in the tidal waters of the Manning.
A week ago a report came in about a catch of eight carp of 700g to 800g about 3km below Kilawarra bridge.
Obviously, these relatively small fish are on the move.
Why do these fish remain in one place for many years and then move downstream?
Perhaps a method of controlling these pests or eliminating them could be devised if we knew the reasons for their long dormancy and then their movement down the river. I am hoping some information on catches of these fish, along with some photos, will come in over the next few weeks.
The Manning has again performed well with good catches of flathead, whiting, bream and luderick.
Sea conditions have made beach, rock and outside fishing a day-to-day proposition, with wind and rain coming from the east to the south frequently.
The river has provided good fishing despite the weather and spots can be found where it is possible to get out of the wind, but not the rain.
There have been a few school jew taken from the sea wall on soft plastic lures. The were about 5kg and the majority around 3kg.
Quite a few blacktip sharks were hooked on live baits and slab baits from the end of the wall.
The beaches have been forming up well despite some unfavourable weather from the south.
School jew have been hard to find but those who fished Kilies Beach and the beach north of Diamond Head were able to bag fish to 4kg on beach worms and squid heads.
Tailor have been sporadic but fish to 40cm have been taken on bait and lures.
Salmon to2kg and bream have been taken in the whitewater near the sand banks on beach worms.
When conditions have allowed, most boaties have been scoring good snapper of 3kg to 4kg from around Mermaid Reef and the shoals on plastics and bait.
Trag have been caught from the northern grounds while bonito to 5kg have been taken on trolled lures.
The Wave Rider buoy has attracted heaps of mahi mahi to 10kg while quite a few marlin have been sighted. The best landed to date weighed 150kg.
One lucky angler was able to bag some good-sized pigfish on a recent trip.
At this time of the year the mullet are schooling in the lower reaches of the Manning and if you are able to find where they are at night, a fresh slab bait or a live bait will get some interest from a big jew.
Luderick will take green weed during the day and those using fresh yabbies will score a bag at night.
Bream will be moving down the river to school up and move up the coast after the mullet have run.
Flathead will still be plentiful in the lower parts of the river but most of the big female fish will have spawned and headed back up the river to their normal haunts.
A better class of tailor should start to show up on the beaches and school jew should be more numerous in the river and on the beaches.
Dylan Ford bagged this jewie from the Harrington breakwall.
Bruce Shoesmith used a soft vibe to capture this Upper Manning bass.
The Manning has produced numbers of quality flathead such as this lately.Reads: 1327