Top time to fish
  |  First Published: February 2003

Summer is always a great time for fishing, especially with onshore breezes killing off the heat of the day for those late-afternoon fishing sessions.

The rocks action remains on and off, with great patience needed to produce results this time of year. After dark, a few jewies have been snooping about with dedicated jew fishermen rolling a few solid fish.

Point Plomer, Big Hill and Racecourse headlands have all been producing, although jewie men remain tight-lipped on the exact spots that have been bringing results. Remember, fresh bait is essential when chasing jews, with bait dragged from the bottom of the freezer usually bypassed by most fish.

The beaches have been enjoying a little action with both North and South beach gutters filling with tailor. Most fish have been choppers but anglers have been able to weed out a feed with some fairly decent fish sliding up the beach. Tailor can provide great angling entertainment, hitting baits with great gusto.

School jew have been cruising beach gutters with good catches taken mainly on the North Beach over the past moon. Fresh worms, as always, are the gun bait although a fresh tailor slab will probably account for an odd fish.


Little has changed in our river system since my last column with plenty of action on offer. Flatties and bream have clicked into gear with the Hastings and Maria systems coughing up some reasonable fish.

Working the many weed beds, oyster leases and drop-offs throughout our systems will see you bagging some good lizards on bait or lures.

Bream spinning is always on the up-and-up at this time of year. The next few months are prime, with river snags loaded with these silver fellows. Small hard bodied minnow type lures have be always being the go although soft plastics have added a new dimension to breaming. No matter what your preference, the fish are there so go out and get into them.


Offshore fishing is always a bit of a lottery with so many variables, wind, swell, current, etc, contributing to the scheme of things. When the conditions have been in the favour of anglers some good fish have been on the chew.

Kingies have still been hanging about and while not all fish have been huge, a few good fish have been sucking in live baits. Metal jigs worked vertically up from the bottom have also being returning fair results.

Hopefully the next few months should see us tucking into some good pelagic action with mackerel and small marlin on offer. The past few seasons have been absolute shockers but the water doesn’t look not too bad so maybe my next column will be full of reports of big pelagics.

New faces

One of Port Macquarie’s tackle shops has come under new management, with Phil Watson and cousin Chris Blanch recently taking over Port Macquarie Tackle in Gordon Street. Both are locals and good fishos and have a vast knowledge of local angling, as well as experience in Top End fishing and impoundments, so drop in and have a yarn.

Phil and Chris will be only to willing to pass on advice and I wish both the best in their endeavours.


Another Port Macquarie jewie comes in. You can expect schoolies on worms on the beaches and a few bigger models from the headlands.


Bream on lures are a fun prospect in the river systems around Port Macquarie at this time of year.

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