NICE CATCH: Jason O'Brien shows off a 10kg dolphin fish caught off the Wave Recorder.
NICE CATCH: Jason O'Brien shows off a 10kg dolphin fish caught off the Wave Recorder.

Year ahead looks promising for fishos

IN 2016 fishing on the Coffs Coast took some massive blows, with the closure of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club.

Our harbour took a massive belting from some wild weather and a lack of rain made for some tough conditions in the upper reaches of our estuaries.

But we also saw some great things happen on the Coffs Coast in 2016, like another great pelagic season with mackerel hanging around right up to September.

We now head into 2017 with a great start to the year.

Already the warm currents are showing their fruits with some Spanish and spotted mackerel.

We were also greeted with a few striped and black marlin in the early weeks of the year.

Most boats reported great quantities of dolphin fish as well while trolling skirts.

In the estuaries, local guide Dale Johnson from Freshest Fishing Tours has been having some great success with his clients catching up to 15 mulloway in a morning session in our local rivers, all caught on lures.

We have also seen some great flathead being caught on yabbies and whitebait, including a massive metre- long fish on the flats caught and released by local gun Hayden Elks.

Upstream around the gravel beds you will encounter great numbers of bream and whiting on surface lures and lightly weighted plastics.

In the coming weeks I will do a feature on targeting mangrove jacks in our local estuaries, so keep an eye out.

If you are free on Sunday, why not get on down to the Urunga Anglers Club Deep Sea Competition. There is sure to be some great fish caught!

Until next time, have fun on the water, and only take what you need.



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