Flathead throughout entire system and whiting best at Pelican Island and Blackmans Point

Worth the trip: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Greg from Maitland, who recently scored this nice snapper during a trip out with Fish Port Macquarie Charters.

Worth the trip: Our Berkley Pic of the Week is Greg from Maitland, who recently scored this nice snapper during a trip out with Fish Port Macquarie Charters.

This time of year is always renowned for more than a bit of breeze, and 2019 is proving no exception.

Solid nor' easters for days on end, occasionally broken up by blustery southerlies, and little respite in between.

Expect more of the same for a couple of weeks yet until more settled summer conditions arrive.

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting remain the dominant species as usual for this time of year.

Flathead can be found pretty well throughout the entire system with lures and whitebait providing the better results.

Best reports on whiting have come from around Pelican Island and Blackmans Point, with worms and yabbies seeing the better results.

Baits have been the more effective method to date this season, but look for surface lures to start producing the goods in the next couple of weeks as the water warms and prawns become more active.

Also in the Hastings, school mulloway numbers remain solid, particularly up towards Wauchope.

Lures have been the by far the most effective form of attack, with large plastics and soft vibes particularly successful. In the lower reaches.

Results have slowed a little however the breakwalls could be well worth a look leading up to next week's full moon.

On the blackfish front, there are still a few nice fish cruising the breakwalls, however the bite has been rather inconsistent with a few fish one day and very little the next.

On the crabbing front, blue swimmers have been terrific with good numbers pretty well all the way from Pelican Island to Rawdon Island.

The latter and up the Maria are also worth a look for muddies as well.

On the beaches, the constant winds have made conditions challenging at best. Despite this, there are still a few bream around on the northern end of Lighthouse.

We have also had a couple of encouraging tailor reports from around Lake Cathie and North Haven.

This is good news, especially with great tides and lunar conditions for mulloway over the next few evenings.

Off the rocks, there are still a few drummer about despite the seasonal build up of sand.

Lighthouse and Miners have both given up some nice fish over the past week, with both cunjevoi and crabs successful offerings.

To the north, Plomer and Big Hill have both yielded a few bream and blackfish, while some reasonable tailor have been taken south around Diamond Head.

On the offshore front, anglers are becoming frustrated by the constant winds, with only brief windows of opportunity to get out of late.

The nor' east winds have also seen the water temperature drop to a most unpleasant 16 degrees.

Hopefully by the time the winds settle, the current will have brought down plenty of warm blue water, and some great action with it.

In the meantime, best bet will be to head to tonight's annual Marine Rescue seminar at The Westport Club which is always well worth attending.

Until next time, tight lines and good fishing to all.

This story Flathead and whiting in estuaries first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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