Light-tackle action aplenty
  |  First Published: December 2004

The next few months should produce some great action with many northern pelagics cruising our coastline to provide great light tackle action, while the estuaries, rocks and beaches will all fish very well.

Around the rocks anglers are tangling with a few chopper tailor early in the mornings around the headlands and gutters.

Some good blackfish are on offer with gutters around Point Plommer and Big Hill producing sizeable fish. Fishing for blackfish teaches anglers the skill of playing a fish out, an important aspect in all forms of angling. The odd drummer is still poking about. They can be a real nuisance when they suck in cabbage baits intended for blackfish and plenty of monumental bust-ups occur, resulting in poor anglers spending more time rigging than fishing.

Decent school jew are cruising most headlands and beach gutters and a few larger fish have also been taken on fresh slab baits and livies.


In the estuary flathead remain consistent throughout the system. Soft plastics of all kinds and hard-bodies such as the locally-made Koolabung and Taylor Made lures still account for plenty of fish when worked over flats and drop-offs.

Bait fishos are rolling some nice flatties with blue and white pilchard baits worked slowly along the bottom accounting for plenty of fish. Remember the larger fish are females and are better off released immediately after a few happy snaps.

Plenty of Summer bream action is happening throughout the system. The next few months are prime time for this pursuit so grab some lures or bait and get to it.

Summer means crabs and there certainly have been some good muddies about. If you don’t want to put traps in, dillies will do the trick. Just check them regularly because an angry muddy will go through the mesh like a buzz saw. Since the rain there have been few blue swimmers but if it stays dry they will improve a little.

With Lake Cathie now open to the sea again some honker whiting have been dining on prawns, yabbies and worms. Light tackle is essential when chasing whiting and is a secret to success.


The annual pilgrimage of our Summer speedsters taking place as the warm current from the north picks up. The last few years have been disappointing for mackerel but Queensland law changes on ring netting and quotas on mackerel in 2003 will help some fish to filter through to our area. It may take a while for an improvement to the mackerel fishing but these measures are a step in the right direction.

Cobia should start to make their presence felt, too, taking a wide variety of jigs and lures as well dead baits and livies.

Bottom fishos are still managing to scratch out a feed of snapper, morwong, rock flathead and a few kings. If all else fails, a live bait under the trap buoys should see you locked up tight to the many mahi mahi visiting the area.

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