Outside the snapper have just started to come on. A few good snapper are being taken bottom bashing with baits, 5-7” plastics and jigs as well. Good spots to try include up towards Black Rock off Evans Head and off Shelly Headland and Brooms Head.
There have still been a few mackerel about but they’re starting to slow down a fair bit, and they’re out a bit wider rather than in close. Guys out wide are getting them either trolling hardbodied divers like Rapala Magnums here and there. There’s the odd tuna about as well but they’re slowing down.
Off the headlands locals have been getting a fair few mulloway and some good size tailor. There are plenty of blackfish and drummer on the headlands too. The Iluka break wall and Yamba break wall are both very popular few mulloway and tailor at the moment. Yamba Point on Yamba side and also on Iluka side off The Bluff and off Woody Head are top spots as well.
For the mulloway the best bait has been live mullet, and lurefishers have been throwing bigger jew lures like Bill’s Bugs and the locally-made Leavey Lures. Guys using live mullet have been rigging them on a size 8/0 or 10/0 hook pinned through the back, with a 50-60lb leader.
If you’re after tailor it’s recommended to use a 30lb mainline to a short piece of wire trace, with a pilling rigged on 4/0 gangs. A fair few tailor are also being taken on chrome slugs and poppers. The most popular poppers at the moment are Halco Roostas and Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers.
In the river there are some solid bream and still some good size flathead, along with plenty of blackfish. The bream have been biting well on blades and plastics. Some of the most popular bream lures at the moment are Yamba Prawn Blades, TTs Switchblades, 2” Gulp Shrimps and Squidgy Critters.
Blackfish are being caught on basic green and black weed, which most of the tackle shops have been stocking.
Crabs are slowing down now as it gets colder, particularly the mud crabs, but there’s still a fair bit of movement with the blue swimmers. We’re coming to the end of prawn season in the river but there haven’t been all that many anyway.
As the mullet run goes on a bit more the mulloway will get more active, and as it gets colder we should start to get bigger bream featuring in captures. The blackfish should also start to come on a lot more as the season progresses. As the temperatures offshore drop we should start to see some bigger snapper, and the action overall should start to pick up a lot more.
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