Sea-saw weather is making trips out difficult
  |  First Published: May 2017

Plenty of rain, wind and east coast lows make it very difficult to pick a good day to go to sea. There have still been spotted and Spanish mackerel around in close waters. Hopefully they stick around until about June. The fresh has been good for the mulloway off the breakwall and the beach with a fair few school-sized fish being caught. Anglers have even pulled a couple of 2-3kg mangrove jack.

Mud crabs have been plentiful and some big crabs have been caught. Locals have been eating crabs and mackerel lately, as there’s plenty to go around.

There’s still a lot of bream and tailor being caught off the breakwall. They will start to get thicker as the month goes on and the luderick will show up in big numbers.

The islands off Wooli have been a bit quiet because the dirty water has moved offshore. There have been logs and even a whole tree that came past us as we were fishing. We very quickly moved to closer waters where the fishing was good.

The snapper and teraglin will be moving in closer with the currents. It will be time to get the floaters going if the mackerel will leave us alone for long enough to catch snapper. I use a number 1 ball sinker running down to the hook. We put a whole squid and whole pilchard on the hook, let it float down the berley trail, peeling the line off as it floats down in the current. When it runs, flip the bail arm over and wait until you have pressure on the rod. Then it’s time to reel the fish in.


Wooli is a small town with a permanent population of about 250 people. We live on a peninsula with the ocean on one side and the river on the other and it’s a beautiful town.

If you decide to come to Wooli there are reasonably priced accommodation options and restaurants like the one at the motel that serves good food and beer or the Chinese restaurant run by Patrick and Wendy. The bowling club has a very relaxed atmosphere and cold beer.

There is a caravan park on the river that has all the amenities that you would need for camping or caravanning. It even has a camp kitchen. The Wooli River Lodges have a swimming pool and good accommodation.

You can contact the motel by ringing 0266 497 532. Contact the caravan park on 0266 497 519. The Wooli River Lodges can be reached on 0266 497 750.

• Call into our tackle shop at 43 Riverside Drive, Wooli and we’ll help you with rigs, knots and more. Our charter business has two boats, both purpose-built for chartering. If you want a fun day out give us a call on (02) 6649 7100 and talk to Stan or Claire. We also provide accommodation overlooking the Wooli River. We supply food, drinks, all tackle including rods and reels and ice for your fish. All you need to bring is an esky to take home your catch. If you don’t have a boat and want to go to sea, call into the tackle shop and put your name down on a charter. Or if you’re not sure about conditions, give me a ring on 0266 497 100 and I’ll let you know about conditions.

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