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It’s all good
  |  First Published: February 2004



THINGS are looking good for a bumper year with fishos enjoying some good action around the area.

Estuary fishos have been enjoying steady action with good fish sprinkled throughout our systems. A slight fresh we had from much-needed rain enhanced the action with desirable nutrients injected into the river.

Flathead remain the top option with good numbers in all the normal haunts. The Maria, Hastings and the mouth of Limeburners Creek are good places to start, with the many drop-offs and weed beds holding fish. Whether fishing lures or bait, flathead are fish the whole family can get into. Soft plastics are user-friendly and are a great way to introduce kids to their first luring experience. Certainly after their first capture on a lure there is no looking back for some kids, with bait put well on the back burner.

Bream spinning, too, has certainly seen some good action on offer with some horse fish cruising the many snags throughout our system. Surface lures have been working well with bream smacking them off the top with no remorse. Surface fishing for bream is a visually stimulating affair, pushing the adrenalin level off the scale.

Good numbers of blue swimmer crabs are still present, with not too much effort gaining you a nice feed of these tasty critters. Once again, trapping swimmers with dillies can be a great family activity with kids keen to get involved.

To the south of Port, Lake Cathie remains in top order with the lake remaining open over the holiday period. Some thumper whiting have been cruising the lake with fish up to 700g taken. Light tackle is essential when chasing these fish and the light braided lines an excellent choice because of their detection to the slightest bite.

Live prawns have been the gun gait and can be gathered from the lake with a scoop net. Freshly pumped yabbies have also taken fish and can be gathered with a pump and a bit of elbow grease on the many sand flats in the locality.

OFFSHORE

The first speedy fish seem to have made the trip down to our neck of the woods upon the cobalt-blue elevator. I haven't seen any, but there have been rumblings of a few mackerel in Barries Bay. Certainly the action has not been thick but indications seem good for an improved year after some less than average results over previous years.

A few cobia have been snooping about with the annual migration of stingrays taking place. Cobia are tough fish, fighting all the way to the boat. Anglers usually use livies but cobes will also take dead baits, jigs and trolled bibbed minnows. They are great eating and highly sought after by anglers.

Bottom fishos are still managing to scratch out a feed but currents have been hampering fishing on the deeper reefs. Fishing with a huge lead is undoubtedly not fun and just plain turns me off. Braided lines have made things better but when the current is screaming, it's certainly no joy for all involved.

The close reefs have been very productive with some good snapper on offer. Fishing floaters has been the go with reddies snapping up pilchards and squid. A quick pump on the berley pot should see you in the action. If all else fails, mahi mahi in good numbers have been cruising the local traps. Remember, larger fish are usually lurking wide of the school so it's always worth a chuck either side of the ball of lit-up gold speedsters. Mahi mahi are without doubt great entertainment, pulling hard and leaping high to try to gain their freedom.

The new NSW Fisheries FAD is at 31° 24.592 S, 153° 04.672 E, about eight nautical miles east-north-east of the bar in around 92 metres. Remember, no tying up to the buoy is permitted

ROCKS PATCHY

Rock fishos have been working their butts off to scratch out a feed, with action fairly patchy of late. Reports of some nice bronze luderick have filtered through, with Point Plomer, Big Hill and Racecourse headlands all carrying a few reasonable blackfish. Fresh bronzies are great tucker as well as great sport on light tackle.

Some good jew have still been on offer with some decent schoolies landed over past weeks. Beach gutters have definitely been worth a chuck with fresh bunches of worms getting lucky anglers some action.

Jewie fishing can become addictive, with many anglers putting all their efforts towards the capture of one of these chrome critters.

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