The Harrington area is building up to a terrific few months of fishing.
Once the warmer water hits the coast this month the baitfish will come into the gutters and the river and the predatory fish, tailor, bonito, mackerel tuna, jew and snapper, will be around the headlands and on the beaches.
Flathead to 5.5kg and school jew to 12kg have been caught on soft plastics and the occasional fish has taken a live yabby fished for bream.
The bream are visible along the wall in the daytime but are not biting well but it is a different case at night when the darkness gives them some protection and they take mullet pieces and fresh yabbies with great gusto.
Come February the bait schools will be moving on our beaches and into the river and there will be salmon, tailor, whiting and luderick to catch as well.
Some nice school jew to 14 kg have been caught from the Abbeys Creek area of Crowdy Beach on worms. A few good bream have been taken from the washes on the edges of the sand flats on pipis and worms.
Tailor have been scarce but they will return when the baitfish come into the gutters. Some nice whiting are being taken on yabbies and worms and these fish should be plentiful this month.
The headlands are fishing well for blue groper to 8kg and a few small drummer to 1.5kg. Around the end of February tailor up to 6kgs should show up around the rocks and the Spanish mackerel should venture south to Crowdy Head for two to three weeks. They come in close to the rocks early mornings and late evenings. I have had most success using a bobby cork rig with strips of bonito.
Catches have been less than adequate lately due to the cold water and southerly currents that made fishing the 50-fathom marks difficult. A few nice snapper to 3kg have been boated off Old Bar while some flathead have been caught on the drift wide of Crowdy Head.
During Summer we get some very calm nights around the full moon and these times are not to be missed. Fish the close bommies with livebait or floating slabs of bonito or slimy mackerel and some big snapper and jew can be caught.
February has a lot to offer. The crowds are gone and the lack of water traffic allows the fish to settle into predictable patterns and give anglers a better chance of filling the bag.Reads: 1186