Reasonable flathead numbers off the breakwall

Our Berkley pic of the week is of Mason Davis, who recently caught this terrific whiting from the Hibbard area.

Our Berkley pic of the week is of Mason Davis, who recently caught this terrific whiting from the Hibbard area.

Further to last week's comments regarding the possibility of decent rainfall this month, updated forecast models for most of the state are very positive indeed for the coming week.

While this may temporarily curtail the occasional angling session, fingers remain crossed these predicted widespread rains indeed eventuate.

On the beaches, although the water remains rather cool some reasonable action has been on offer. North beach continues to produce a few really nice bream, whilst Lighthouse and Shelley's in town have consistently yielded whiting.

Pipis have been the premier offering for the bream while beachworms as usual have been the go for whiting. Once again, tailor numbers remain spasmodic with the better reports still from south of Port. Mulloway again are proving elusive and will likely do so until our estuaries receive a decent flood.

Off the rocks, results have been more akin to winter rather than this time of year courtesy of the cool water temperatures. As such, best results have been on bream, drummer and blackfish, with the odd nice snapper thrown in.

Hopefully these nor easters may begin to back down shortly and a few warm currents begin to flow down from the north and push in on our prominent headlands. No doubt the land based game enthusiasts will be dusting of the gear in preparation for this.

In the estuary, results have been a little mixed over the past week. The break walls are still producing a few reasonable bream with the added colour no doubt assisting in this regard.

Flathead numbers also remain reasonable off the break walls, however mulloway encounters have again been few and far between. Further up river, bream are still very active around Rawdon Island, with surface lures working well.

Flathead also remain consistent from most parts, with either whitebait or lures the offerings of choice. A few school mulloway have also been about the upper reaches, while a lucky client of Castaway Estuary Charters managed to land a cracking cobia well over a metre.

On the whiting front, there are still some terrific fish on offer, with good reports from several locations. Worms and yabbies seem to be edging the surface lures with this bit of colour in the water.

For crabbing enthusiasts, blue swimmer numbers remain excellent from most spots downstream of Rawdon Island, while those venturing way upstream have been finding a few nice muddies.

Offshore, we still have a large tract of cool water off our coastline which is a little unusual for this time of year. Whilst this is not doing the pelagic action any favours, reef fishing however has been terrific.

Snapper numbers have been well above average, with the reefs off Shelley's in 30 to 40m as consistent as anywhere with some nice fish to over 5 kilos on offer.

Fresh slimy mackerel and bonito fillets have been particularly effective, as to of course, soft plastics. Wider out, pearl perch numbers to have been excellent, with a few teraglin and the odd kingfish thrown in.