Traditionally February has the hottest days of the year and the heat makes late-afternoon and early-morning fishing a must.
Especially when there is a mid-afternoon build-up of storm clouds the change in pressure seems to affect the fish. Jew and flathead can come on the bite with a vengeance when these conditions prevail.
The formation of a marine park along the Mid North Coast has caused quite a stir in the local community. Our part of the coast is next to be declared and it will be interesting to see which parts are declared no-fishing zones.
After to the closure of the river below Ghinni Ghinni Creek to netting, the estuary is getting back to what it was like years ago. Flathead are everywhere and are taking whitebait, soft plastics and live baits on bobby cork rigs. The best fish have been around 4kg but there are plenty of smaller specimens.
Bream are feeding along the walls and around the oyster leases and are taking soft plastic lures and yabbies. School jew are back on the bite after a slack couple of weeks. Live bait and plastic lures are taking fish from 3kg to 5kg.
By February the whiting should be biting freely on beach worms and live yabbies. Luderick have been slow and the hotter weather should see them back on the bite.
Tailor from choppers to 1.3kg and most sizes in between have started to appear on our beaches.
By February the big fish will be at Mermaid Reef and Diamond Head and will take lures or garfish spun along the surface. The prime times for these big fish are in the morning before the sun hits the water and in the afternoon before the shadow of the cliffs moves across the water.
Tailor and salmon should be plentiful on Harrington and Crowdy beaches and the occasional jew will be picked up by those using beach worms or fresh tailor slabs.
Although the water temperature is around 24° there have not been many surface fish around. The schools of baitfish are missing but when they turn up the pelagics will follow.
Most catches have comprised bottom species and even the flathead have been scarce at times. By the middle of February the Spanish mackerel show up for two or three weeks and provide some spectacular sport for those who troll lures or dead baits.
February is always a top time to fish our area, whether it be estuary, beach and rock or offshore. There is always something to target – flathead in the river, tailor on the beach and surface fish, snapper and jew in the ocean.Reads: 1219