The Manning has experienced quite a lot of different weather in the past five months. Floods, freshes, south-easterly storms and torrential rain, we have had them all.
Despite all the bad weather, the fish have continued to bite and the travelling fish have arrived on time.
The tailor were a bit slow in turning up in numbers but they are now to be found all along our beaches.
The mullet started to move a week before Anzac Day, which is pretty much on time.
The beaches have taken an incredible pounding by the south-easterly seas and in some places the sand is eroded right back into the trees at the very back of the beach.
Of course, there is very little formation on the beaches at present but when we get a few days of north-easterly winds, the beaches will soon build up.
Once the mullet have left the river on their way north, the bream begin their journey to sea to school up and spawn.
This means that bream fishing is the go for the next couple of months.
We lose many schools of bream that travel up the coast but we also get other schools coming up the coast that move into the Manning.
Some of these fish stay while others move out to sea and continue up the coast.
At these times mullet strips, mullet gut and yabbies are the best baits but sometimes the bream get a bit fussy and will take only crabs, prawns or tailor pieces.
Luderick tend to follow up the coast towards the end of the bream run and some of these fish can be well over a kilo. They bite on green weed or cabbage weed during the day and on fresh yabbies at night.
At night it is easiest to catch luderick where there is not much tidal run and a yabby can be fished on an unweighted hook.
Despite the big seas bream, tailor, salmon, whiting and mulloway have been taken from our beaches.
Bream and whiting have been biting best from the southern end of Crowdy Beach on worms and pipis. The end of the breakwall and Diamond Head have produced bags of tailor to 40cm on lures and pilchards.
Harrington Beach has fished well for school jew to 5kg on beach worms.
If you can find a school of mullet or luderick schooled up in a hole on the beach or on the south side of a headland, a fresh slab or a live bait would be the way to hook up on a big jewfish.
Catches over the past month have been good. Snapper have been plentiful in the shallower water out to 40m on bait and soft plastics.
Teraglin and pearl perch have been caught on the northern grounds while leatherjackets have been taken from the deeper water.
Bonito, mack tuna and longtail tuna have been taken on trolled lures in the warm water that is trapped on the coast by the cold southerly currents.
In June bream fishing is at its best.
Night is better than daytime fishing but good bags can be taken at most times. The last hour of the run-in tide and the first hour of the run out is the best time to fish.
However, good bream can be caught either side of low tide as well. A little bit of wind can be a great help when bream fishing because it tends to keep the sandflies away.Reads: 944