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Current roars at times
  |  First Published: March 2013



Offshore action has been dependent on the current. At times it has been roaring along and has made fishing difficult and sometimes impossible, so let’s hope it slows a little this month.

Good catches of mahi mahi, kingfish, teraglin and snapper have been common and this should continue this month.

‘Barries Bay and the Port Macquarie Fisheries FAD are good places to start for the pelagics and out wider there has been plenty of small black marlin and the odd decent blue and striped marlin.

The Golden Lure game tournament was very successful and special mention goes to Kurtis Nocelli, who caught the heaviest weighed marlin, 144.4kg on 37kg line and also took out the champion junior capture award.

The most fish tagged and released prize went to David Wilson Jnr in the men’s division and Sue-ann Ahlers in the women’s division. Visit http://www.pmgfc.com.au for a full rundown of results.

Rock fishing has been hit and miss lately and the bites have been short and far between. Early-morning sessions have been the best for tailor and the stones off Tacking Point Lighthouse, Grants Head and Point Perpendicular should be worth a try this month.

However, when the sun gets right up things will get a lot tougher. The odd bream and drummer have been taken around Grants Head and Bonny Hills from ledges with deeper edges and consistent wash.

ESTUARY

Estuary action has been flying along with plenty of bream being caught on surface lures and whiting still in good numbers in the Hastings and Camden Haven rivers.

This month some monster whiting are likely to be caught throughout the system as they move about chasing prawns.

Best spots to target them will be on the sand flats around Blackmans Point and the sand bar just up-river from the Dennis Bridge. A surface pencil or clear popper will get you into them, as will worms on long-shank hooks.

Bream will be throughout the system, feeding on a variety of things. My best advice for this month is if you don’t find them biting in one spot, then move to another. Once you locate fish and crack a pattern, stick to it.

A great spot this month for land-based fishos will be the flats in the back channel on high tide. Wade and cast lightly weighted yabbies or prawns.

If you’re fishing from a boat, look for artificial or natural structure.

Bait fishers should do a short drift to locate fish. If you get some inquiries or captures, anchoring up-current of the spot could be highly beneficial.

Berley can be an option but one I resort to only in testing times. It will attract fish, but more than likely smaller ones.

If you do berley then fish with larger baits for the best opportunity to capture the bigger fish.

Good spots to anchor this month will be in Limeburners Creek, the flats in Big Bay and Blackmans Point and the deeper banks in the Maria River.

UPSTREAM

Freshwater fishing this month should move up a notch for some fat bass. This season has possibly been one of the best in years and the fish have been in good numbers.

The upper reaches of the Hastings around Ellenborough and Long Flat will be good for canoe runs to target large bass in the deeper pools.

Surface lures late in the day and early morning will get hit. Then deep-divers, blades and spinnerbaits will account for fish holding in snags and along rocky edges.

The upper reaches of the Maria River have also fished well. You can launch at Telegraph Point and start fishing at the Pacific Highway bridge.

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