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Plenty of variety on hand
  |  First Published: February 2005



The next few months should see some excellent angling taking place with plenty of different species on the prowl.

Around the rocks, things are usually pretty lean at this time of year. Although it’s tough going in the heat, is usually enough action to keep anglers coming back. Blackfish are always a good option and the tailor run continues to build, although the action has been somewhat scratchy. Most fish are only choppers with only a couple of decent fish around but this will improve as the months roll on.

Jewfish have been fairly prevalent over the past moon with Point Plomer, Big Hill and Racecourse the pick with fish up to 10kg coming from these spots. North Beach has also been fishing well.

Some thumper whiting have also being patrolling the beaches. Go armed with some fresh worms (if you’re clever enough, which I’m not, gather your own) and you’ll soon be tucking some solid tasty whiting into the creel.

ESTUARY

Flatties remain solid with a good sprinkling of fish right throughout the system. Berkley PowerBaits have been the go with flatties sucking them down like wildfire. Bait fishos are faring well with whitebait worked slowly along the bottom snaring good flathead. Live prawns are also great bait. Clip the hook in the tail and you won’t have to wait long until you have a solid take from any number of hungry species.

Bream have been quite active with early morning and late arvo sessions providing fun. Most areas are producing well with lures sucking bream out of their timber lairs.

Surface fishing for bream has really taken off with small fizzers, Jitterbugs and the like on a stop-start retrieve doing the damage.

To the south of Port, Lake Cathie remains a picture, back to its clear, clean waters since it opened to the sea. Anglers are enjoying tangling with some bumper whiting with 500g models pretty common. Besides the whiting some healthy bream and flatties have been caught at Cathie.

OFFSHORE

Things have certainly been up and down outside with no two days reaping similar results. Pelagic action remains a little slow with no real showing of the mackerel we all are patiently waiting for.

Anglers have been targeting good numbers of those golden speedsters, the mahi mahi, hanging around trap buoys and local FADs. Pillies and squid are taking quite a few fish although they are absolute suckers for live slimies.

These next few months should see the action improve before another season passes by. A few small marlin are kicking about and it’s definitely worth hanging a lure or trolling a livie.

Bottom fishos have got the Summertime blues with current playing a crucial part in how they fare for the day. There is nothing worse than dropping a sinker the size of a house brick to try to get to the bottom. Not to despair; there are still some good fish on offer.

The days the current backs off a little snapper, pearlies, trag and kings have been prevalent on wider reefs.

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