Start planning now!
  |  First Published: December 2005

We often whinge and whine about how fast last year went and we didn’t do this and we didn’t do that – now is the time to plan.

Get the tide and moon charts out and mark on your calendar the best times for a fish. Make sure this calendar is on view as a constant reminder.

In my house we have a calendar inside the pantry door. I can’t think of a day when I don’t open that door. I also print off the monthly tide chart and stick it under the calendar to remind me when I want to have a fish and it keeps my wife informed of my intentions.

It makes it easy to decide on what type of fishing you are going to approach and where you might to go.

Good tides this month should really see the river fire up. The order of the day will be early morning or late afternoon/evening sessions to beat the heat of the day.

Once you hear the sound of the cicadas it’s time to pull out the fizzers and head for those tree-lined banks where bream will be lurking for an easy feed.

Flathead have been in excellent numbers and should be an easy quarry this month. Please limit your catch of these fish – even though we have had plenty of small fish in our system lately it would be pretty easy to wipe out a breeding population if everyone took home the big females.

Trevally should be on the cards with dusk the best time to have fun with these visitors.

Good numbers of whiting are already showing up. Best spots will be on the edges of sandy or muddy drop-offs. Blackmans Point will be a great place to start, along with Lake Cathie if it stays open to the sea. Blue swimmer crabs should be in good numbers along with some muddies.


Beach fishing will be a good option with bream and whiting the top targets. Best spots will be North Beach, Light House Beach and around the Lake Cathie.

Beach worms will be the No 1 bait but don’t be shy at having a crack at using some plastics.

Offshore action will be on fire if the conditions are favourable. John from Ocean Star Charters informs me that the mahi mahi have just shown up and look like they’ll be in good numbers.

Baitfish should be an easy proposition and some time collecting slimies before you head offshore should help improve your catch.

Small kingies have been in good numbers and the bigger fish should move in as the water warms further. Tuna should start to show up along with billfish with plenty of anglers hoping to snare a marlin, especially those competing in the Golden Lure tournament.

Bottom bouncers should do well if the currents are favourable with teraglin, mulloway, morwong and some good snapper around.

Freshwater anglers should do well. Last year good numbers of bass were landed between Long Flat and Kooree Island. With the river flow looking good, it’s shaping up to be a good bass season on the Hastings.

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