Things are looking up
  |  First Published: October 2013

At long last we can say that all the cold weather is behind us and some good fishing is about to kick into gear. Well, let’s hope that is the case because sometimes it can take a little longer to warm up than we think.

This is the time of year that keen local bream anglers have been waiting for. From now on these fish will be taking surface lures much more readily.

Don’t expect the same action that can be had during the height of Summer and into Autumn, but it’s still very much worth casting lures such as the Lucky Craft Sammy, Bassday Sugapen and other similar types across the flats.

If the bream aren’t hitting the lures on top, it’s better to go a bit deeper with vibes or plastics and see how you go.

Every day can be different and if we strike some cooler weather for a few days, it may slow things down.

So consider the weather and keep an eye on the water temperature to help decide which type of lure to use on the day.

This is also a time when more whiting and the occasional flathead can smash your surface lure, even though you’re chasing bream. Again, it may not be as good as you can expect later when things warm up even more, but still you can expect at least a few whiting to show up behind any surface lure cast over shallow sandy places like The Entrance, for example.

Spring is a good time for flathead. Some quite good-sized flathead have been caught lately around the lower parts of Brisbane Water and the southern end of Lake Macquarie.

Even at The Entrance, where most flathead are only small, there is still always a chance of a big flattie swiping at a soft plastic or a bait. This is more likely to happen from the bridge down towards the channel mouth.

Try for flathead at night under any local bridge lights. Bridges at The Entrance, Toukley and Woy Woy are all places where at least a few flathead will gather under lights after dark.

These fish can be targeted with soft plastics or live prawns. Remember to measure the marginal fish if you’re keeping some for a feed because quite a few may be a bit under that legal length of 36cm.


Rock fishers can have problems at this time of year due to a lack of swell and the cold water. But if there is some wash around the rocks then fish such as bream, groper and drummer can be expected.

Cast out a pillie or a metal lure and you will probably find there are still plenty of salmon around.

Blackfish are always around our rocks. Even if they are relatively few in numbers, they are most likely still there and can be caught with weed, cabbage or white bread.

At the beach you may have similar problems, with a lack of swell meaning that whitewash or a good gutter is harder to find.

Salmon will be along all of the local beaches, especially the big beaches like Budgewoi, up to Birdie and at North Entrance.

Some bream and tailor are always likely, even at this time of year.

Many mulloway anglers will be looking forward to spending more time on the beach at night because it’s not so cold now and jewfish should become more common as we get closer to Summer.

For the offshore angler this month, everything should remain in Winter mode.

Kingfish and bonito jigging out wide, some snapper in close, salmon and those ever-present line cutters, the leatherjackets, are the main targets.

Many people get annoyed by all the leatherjackets. This is understandable if you are losing expensive kingy jigs, but remember that the jackets aren’t bad eating so they are worth chasing if you want to bring home a feed.

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