Relax, it’ll all be OK
  |  First Published: April 2013

As Albert Einstein said, ‘I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right’, so after the hammering we’ve received recently from a spate of east coast low-pressure systems, I’ll be optimistic in saying the fishing will be OK this month.

The rivers are bouncing back, the beaches and rocks are still producing and all is set for a good month.

Offshore action has been hit and miss. The current most days has been running like a freight train so let’s hope the seas and current back down.

Snapper will be the primary target for most, with the usual spots close in around Nobbys and the Golf Course likely to produce fish this month on live bait, squid and soft plastics.

Mahi mahi have been on the FAD and although most have been small, there could be some quality fish this month.

Wider off Barries Bay the marlin have been active. It seems this could be a result of the east coast lows pushing them our way – if only the fish could tell us.


Lake Cathie has been fishing really well. It was closed for months but the recent big seas have given it a top-up and the fish have responded nicely.

Whiting have come on the bite, taking bait and surface lures. Bream have been consistent although mostly small, and flathead have moved to the lower reaches and some quality fish will be on offer this month.

Estuary action in the Hastings and Camden Haven rivers this month will be interesting, to say the least.

Bream should be moving around the system and starting to congregate in the lower reaches. Rack fishing this month could be at its best.

If you’re fishing the Camden Haven then sinking blades and soft plastics under the floating oyster racks should yield excellent bream.

Rolling crankbaits around the fixed leases in Limeburners Creek could yield some big bream.

I like to fish the last of the run in and the start of the run out, enabling me to cover ground not accessible at other tide stages.

It’s important to keep moving and look for sections with flow changes due to the structure. These will generally hold baitfish and bigger bream seeking an opportunistic feed.

Bait will also yield good results in these spots, but the best bait fishers will save their efforts for an evening session on bream, flathead and whiting along the coal walls or at the mouth of Limeburners Creek or Blackmans Point. Best bait will be fresh or salted prawns, whitebait and mullet strips.

Don’t be an April fool sitting at home thinking nothing good is going to happen on the fishing scene. Get out and enjoy the fun fishing can bring.

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