There is no doubt that we are paying for the many warm Winters of seasons past.
This year the weather has been the coldest since the late 1990s and it seems as if the cold weather will continue for another month or so.
While anglers don’t like the cold, the bream don’t seem to be affected by it.
This has been the best bream season at Harrington for at least 15 years.
The many freshes in the river have created the conditions to keep the bream down in the lower reaches and the dirty water has been very slow to clear from the upper parts of the Manning, keeping the bream down near the estuary mouth.
No doubt bream are the most sought-after species in the estuary but they are not the only fish to attract the attention of keen anglers.
Luderick are plentiful along the retaining walls and fish to just over a kilo are being caught on cabbage around slack water.
It is better fishing either side of high and low slack water because the run is not great and you can get the bait in close to the rocks.
As well as luderick, school jew are plentiful along the sea wall and soft plastics and fresh yabbies will take fish.
The big jew have not been around for a couple of weeks but they will turn up on the full moon.
There are still some flathead to 1.5kg being caught by the bream anglers but only three or four fish a day are being taken. That should all change in coming months.
The amount of erosion that has occurred on our beaches is unbelievable.
There are parts of Crowdy Beach where rocks have been exposed that old-timers have not seen before.
And parts of the beach are very soft because of the groundwater running out of the sand dunes at the back of the beach.
You must be careful when driving the beach not to stop where the water is draining out of the dunes, or your vehicle will bog down in no time at all.
Despite the bad conditions tailor, bream and salmon have been caught from Crowdy and Harrington beaches.
Once again it has been a matter of getting the right conditions to venture out to sea. However, some nice fish can be caught.
Snapper to 8kg have been weighed and some good bags of leatherjackets have been taken from the southern grounds.
Bonito can still be caught on trolled lures off Old Bar and plenty of flathead have been taken on the drift.
Salmon should be off our beaches in big schools by September.
Although they are not considered good eating, quite a few anglers have devised ways of cooking these fish so that they are edible. I must admit that I have not had the pleasure of dining on these delicacies.
Chopper tailor will be available on bait and lures and a fresh slab of tailor or salmon can be used as bait for big jew.
Some anglers are curing salmon slabs and using them from the beach for bream and tailor. It is also good bait for bream in the river.Reads: 1005