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  |  First Published: March 2006

Port Macquarie is quickly becoming renowned for its surface bream action and March is big bream month.

During the Summer the bream have been eating as much as they can. Last month I mentioned the pink grub technique for targeting really active fish; with Autumn now upon us the fish aren’t as aggressive. However, they are still looking upwards and it’s time to put more time into presenting fizzers for some hot big bream.

Port Macquarie has three people who make small surface lures especially designed for bream. There’s Eddie Studman from Koolabung Lures with his dynamite cicada fizzers, Rob Taylor from Taylor Made lures with his sleek minnow-shaped fizzers and the Micro-Spadler from the Predatek stable. All lures have their place and on any given day one will outfish the others.

It’s all about presentation and putting the lure in the right spot and working it to imitate a fallen insect or a wounded baitfish.

A simple technique to start with is the pause and twitch. Cast the lure so it lands as gently as possible close to fish-holding structure. Then leave the lure to sit. Be patient and leave it sitting as long as possible. Don’t take your eyes off the lure as it could be all over before you know it.

If nothing happens, then twitch the lure two or three centimetres, then leave it. Generally if there are feeding fish in the area you’ll know straight away.

Again, be patient and leave the lure and let the fish do the work. Your heart will be in your mouth. Don’t try to hook the fish, let it hook itself. When the lure disappears, lift the rod and the hooks should set and the fight begins.

Be ready as the surprised fish dashes for cover and tries to throw the strange object it just thought was a good looking feed. It’s exciting fishing and well worth trying on the Hasting and Camden Haven rivers. And don’t be afraid to give it a try in your own waterway you could be surprised how well it works and how addictive it is.

Recent rain and the inundation of red weed have played havoc with fishing. With the good flush of fresh water we’ve received the weed should disappear and the waters should clear and the fish become more active.

When conditions have allowed and the water has been marginally free from weed, decent fishing has been on offer. Good whiting have been caught with Limeburners Creek and Blackmans Point the pick spots.

Bream were on the chew before the rain and should again fire this month. Bass fishing up-river has been hot and should be a good option.

The beaches have had whiting galore and the odd school mulloway surprising some anglers in the middle of the day. Lighthouse has been the pick beach.

There should be some big mulloway hanging around the river mouths. On a recent low-tide trip the water was full of very small tailor and yakkas but we could not pull a fish from this mass of bait. I’m sure other anglers might have snared some jewfish after dark.

When the weather permits, offshore action has been good with kingfish and mahi mahi the primary targets. During the Golden Lure tournament some nice marlin were landed with 46 tagged and released out of the 51 fish caught, 69 mahi mahi tagged and a few tuna.

So this month embrace Autumn, enjoy the clear days and cooler mornings and hopefully we’ll get some nice fishing days before the cold weather sets in.

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