Anglers won’t be missing superb winter fishing
  |  First Published: June 2017

June may be one of the cooler months on the calendar, but I have no doubt that with the rivers clearing from the recent rainfall, the fishing is going to be hot! This is the time of year to get out your winter clothing and get into some great fishing. Just think of all the bonuses like fewer crowds on the water and at the ramps. Let’s have a look what’s on offer in the Port Macquarie region.


Winter months are some of the best on the Hastings and Camden Haven rivers with bream schooling in the deep and luderick as well on the breakwalls.

Throw in the mullet run for the mulloway fishos and there is something for everyone.

First, the bream will hang around the rock walls this month and some very good catches can be had. Lure fishers using soft plastics or vibration lures will get fish on these offerings.

I prefer vibration lures, as there is a healthy leatherjacket population that tend to eat your plastics pretty swiftly.

The vibes I like to use are soft Samaki Vibelicious, Polycarbonate Koolabung X-Ray blades and metals such as Strike Pro Astro vibes.

This gives you three different vibrations and on some days, one style will outshine others.

For those who like to throw plastics the 2-3” Wrigglers from Pro Lure, Samaki and Strike Pro all are worthy as well as the Gulp Nemesis, but be warned: tails will not last long.

When fishing from the wall with bait, the evenings seem to fire best on the rising tide and start of the run-out.

The great baits are lightly-weighted nippers, whitebait and prawns.

I like to take the boat out and anchor up close on the coal wall on the Hastings River, this way I can have a couple of rods set for mulloway and flick around with the lighter gear for bream.

Luderick can be fished for in a boat or off the walls.

The coal wall is a great place to anchor and float out a weed bait under a float. This will be a great way to get a tasty feed of fillets.

Shore-based anglers can fish the north wall and south walls as well as the jetties and will be able to pick up a feed.

Last season we saw a lot of anglers using a two hook setup. One was an artificial weed fly and the other was traditional green weed.

The results were good with many fishos swearing by the artificials – give it a try.

Mulloway should really shape up in the front of our river systems with the mullet running, so a few tips would be to get on the water of an evening for the top of the tide and then the start of the run-out.

Once the water starts moving out, the mullet become very active and a well-presented lure could see you with a trophy fish.

For this caper, try shallow divers that get down to a metre roughly and don’t discard surface lures, as the mulloway are mostly feeding high in the water column.

The sound of mulloway boofing on the mullet is common at this time of the year, so it makes sense to fish the top sections.

For anglers who want to bait fish for their mulloway, live baits such as mullet, tailor, pike and fresh slab baits or squid will put you in with a great chance.

Remember to stay comfortable with warm clothing and a thermos of coffee.

By making yourself comfortable you are much more likely (and happy) to sit it out while anticipating that big silver slab!

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