For most of last week, temperatures were well below the average and more winds than we would have liked, albeit mostly south for change. At least, we have received a small amount of rainfall, which is certainly welcome and should be useful in terms of fishing.
In the estuaries flathead continues to be the best bet with Hastings and tributaries that produce several bags of quality fish. The best catches have come from the Dennis Bridge, while Settlement Point and Blackmans Point are worth one mile.
At best, the Blackfish were unstable, while the whiting continues to improve in both quantity and quality, especially in Maria and Limburg for boats, and coastal fishermen can do much worse than head off to the back channel or to Blackmans Point.
As usual, live worms and yabbies will perform better in terms of bait, but the whiskers become more responsive to surface baits pretty well each day until the mouth of the water slowly gets warmer. Lake Cathie looks good, though it's closed.
Also in the estuaries, the Mulloway School continues to be taken from all parts of Hastings, with reports this week from the North Wall and the Rocks Ferry Bridge.
On the beaches the results remain inconsistent. Lighthouse produces several butts, but there are many discharges. Several sensible beards are still being offered, especially in early morning sessions.
The best results are from North Beach and from around Crescent Head. Salmon continues to prove a pest or bonus on most beaches, depending on your point of view.
The recent good tides have seen several schools offered by the North Coast and Lake Kathi.
Regardless of the bunkers of our coasts, the tailor did not follow all schools at present. It's just a case of sweat luck.
Several tailors from Point Plommer were taken from the rocks and surrounded, while the same places during the early morning or late afternoon are worth throwing bread.
Several nice black fish have also been offered around Shelleys and Miners, but a bit of rough water is a must.
The next few weeks may also be worth a break for the late-season drummer, as recent seasons have seen good catches almost until Christmas.
Very fond of pigs do not mind this time of year, their quality is usually the average of the average fish found in the winter.
A little to report from the offshore front, thanks above all to the constant winds that frustrating fishermen do not end.
We hope this weekend will see acceptable conditions for change and, if so, I expect strong patronage. With luck, next week's report will contain even more encouraging information.
Until then good fishing and healthy lines for everyone.