Spring in the step on the Hastings
  |  First Published: September 2006

What better place to spend some lovely Spring days than Port Macquarie and the lovely Hastings Valley!

Some great fishing opportunities are sure to spring into action this month and we have received a healthy amount long overdue rain.

Although the telltale signs of large container ships coming close to shore as they travel north and whales coming right into out beaches means the currents are running hard, no two days offshore are the same. Those lucky enough to pick the right day have experienced some good fishing.

Snapper have been the primary targets with reports of good fish. Location is the key with pinnacles, ledges and inshore reefs prime locations to drift back a bait, lure or soft plastic. I’ve also had reports of lipless crankbaits doing really well.

This month snapper, morwong and pear perch will be on the cards, with the flathead looking like they’ll continue to produce.

When the seas have been calm and the red weed has cleared, there has been some good fishing from the rocks and beaches. The salmon have been showing up and putting on a show for some mad anglers chasing them on the beaches with 4lb line, 7’ rods, small reels, soft plastics and small metal slugs – bream gear.

The key, they say, is to wait until you are certain you can reach them with a cast and I suppose having them as close as possible also increases the chances of landing a fish.

Good schools of tailor also have been around and should hang a bit longer. Bream numbers should be good off the beaches and the whiting should show up in numbers this month.


The estuaries have fished well over the Winter with good bags of luderick and bream. The southern breakwall has produced some excellent bags for the weed-soakers.

On a recent trip to the Camden Haven I came across a bunch of luderick anglers fishing from the bank of Stingray Creek who seemed to be doing really well.

Lure anglers have been having good success with bream but those chasing a feed of flathead have had mixed results with the shallows not producing as many lizards as we usually expect. With the warming water this month they should be on the chew so look for the obvious locations and fish live baits and lures on the edges of drops-off on the rising tide. Please remember to release these big fish as they are our breeding stock and well worth preserving.

Whiting should also come onto the chew this month, with the mouth of the Maria and Limeburners Creek the spots to target. If Lake Cathie is open to the sea that will be the top spot with shoulder room only on those late afternoon sessions.

Don’t forget the Sundowner BREAM Classic is only a couple of months away. Check out entry details at www.bream.com.au or www.portmacquarieholidays.com.au . For more details call me on 0401191554 or email me.

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