GOOD ONE: Matthew McEwan with a nice winter snapper.
GOOD ONE: Matthew McEwan with a nice winter snapper. Contributed

Plenty of fish out there if you can get them

UNFORTUNATELY there has been very little offshore fishing of late.

Although, there has been a few windows of permitting weather, allowing fishos to get offshore.

The inshore reefs have been producing great quality and numbers of snapper.

A little wider and you are sure to be greeted with some fantastic bottom species such as pearl perch, snapper and teraglin this time of the year.

Traditional bottom bouncing with a paternoster rig is definitely accounting for majority of fish, although lure anglers definitely can hold their own in the deeper water with the use of slow jigs and heavily weighted soft plastics.

Another great deep water lure, is the octopus style jigs such as the Shimano Lucanus and the Gillies Octo-Jig. You can even attach a scented Berkley Gulp fry/worm style soft plastic or small slice of squid to the hook points to make these even more appealing to fish.

We have also started to see a few quality kingfish appear in the past couple of weeks, mainly on the deeper reefs and around the islands. So pick your days and weather if you plan on heading wide.

In the estuaries there has been a great number of luderick caught, with fish over 1kg are not uncommon on a daily basis.

Larger mulloway have been making a regular appearance in the bigger estuaries such as the Nambucca, Macleay, Bellinger/Kalang and the Clarence rivers after the recent rain events. Focus your activities around the schooling mullet, bream and luderick for your best chance at a silver river monster.

Until next time, remember to only take what you need.

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