Bruce Thomas

Summer angling in Coffs

FISHING on the Coffs Coast is second to none. Throughout summer the best type of fishing you can turn your hand to is surf fishing.

Local angler Brian Budd said wading into the surf off Boambee Beach with a rod is a great way to cool off during summer days.

Your main target off the beaches is whiting but there’s also a good chance you’ll catch a bream or flathead.

Using live beach worms, that can be purchased at three outlets in Coffs Harbour, anglers have their pick of a variety of places including Boambee Beach, Boambee Creek mouth, south Sawtell, Emerald Beach, Woolgoolga Beach and Arrawarra Beach.

But for the best chance of catching something head out in the early morning or late afternoon.

Rocky headlands and walls offer a great fishing spot as well.

Mr Budd suggests anglers head for Muttonbird Island, North Wall, South Wall or the Woolgoolga Headland for a spot of rock fishing.

From the rocks you are more likely to catch a bream, salmon, snapper or luderick.

Pilchards, yabbies and prawns will be your bait of choice in the early morning or late afternoon.

All the creeks in the area offer great fishing, especially if you’ve got a canoe or kayak.

“There’s been some excellent flathead caught lately,” Mr Budd said.

Whiting will also be among the catches of the day in the creeks along the coast.

The Bellingen, Red Rock, Kalang and Nambucca rivers are also an angler’s delight.

Yabbies and plastic lures should be in the tackle box according to Mr Budd.

Fishing from the bank or a boat, anglers can fish for flathead, whiting or luderick.

Avoid the sunburn and head out in the early morning or late afternoon.



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