South West Rocks Report

Jason O'Brien with a Spanish mackerel caught out from Urunga.
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May 22, 2020

 With a fair swell around for the last few days there were only a few boats out on the water and  with the ocean temp down a bit Mackerel were hard to find off Grassy with only one or two reported. On the bottom there were a few Snapper caught along with some nice Pearl Perch in the bag. Off the Jail, once again there were plenty of Mac Tuna around with some Bonito while in the deeper water Morwong, Pig Fish and a few Jewfish were caught. There might be some early Leather Jackets about with reports of gear loss from a few Fisho’s. What would we do without the King Fish with fisho’s getting amongst some nice fish around Fish Rock and Green Island.

    The river has been fishing well for Jewfish through the week with some nice fish off the Break Wall, both north and south side. Bream and Flathead have been in fair numbers off the walls as well. The oyster racks around Clybucca are starting to produce good Bream on the full tide. There has been some cracker Bream around the Boat Ramp at Jerseyville over the bridge. Blackfish have been tough to get, were at that frustrating time where you can see them but won’t bite. The Back Creek jetty has given up a few.

   Off the rocks Bonito, Tailor, Bream and Drummer are coming in with fish off most ledges but watch the swell.

Beach Fishing through the week has been productive with Smoky Beach giving up some nice Tailor, Bream and Dart while on Gap Beach a few Whiting are in the bag as well.

May 15, 2020

   In only fair conditions blue water fisho’s ventured outside last week for pretty good results with the Spotted Mackerel off Grassy Head in cooling water. Most boats got fish and in some cases having the Mackerel all around the boat. No sign of any Spanish or Wahoo again through the week hopefully it is not a sign that the season may be over. Bottom fish were tough to entice with fisho’s heading as far as Nambucca to find a Snapper or a Pearl Perch. In front of the Jail Bonito and Mac Tuna are all over the place with some nice Tailor coming in as well. Out wider there has been a few Jewfish caught, with Snapper and Mowies around the Dot. Fish Rock has some big King Fish around it at the moment hitting Jigs in close. 

   In the river Jewfish have gone a little quite after good catch numbers last week. Flathead have been on the sand towards the mouth of the river on the tide changes. Stacks of Bream are building along the Break Wall along with good shows of Blackfish which is a good sign even though there not really hungry at the moment. Further up river some Flathead were reported around Rainbow, Clybucca and up towards Jerseyville. These fish don’t have any size about them but still, tasty critters anyway. There are a Whiting or two around Kinchela but there’s a lot of water between them.

On the Beaches Main Beach around the Boulders has been producing a few Bream and the odd Whiting. It has been a hit and miss thing off Smoky and Gap beaches with a few Whiting, Bream and Flathead coming in with the odd Tailor. The problem is at the moment it’s hard to find a good hole along the beach.

May 8, 2020

   Reasonable conditions were with us last week but the water temperature has cooled around Grassy Head. There were still fair numbers of Spotted Mackerel about more keen on taking a Pilchard than live Bait. Fisho’s heading further north around Scotts found some nice Snapper and the odd Tusky. No reports of Spanish through the week but a Wahoo or two were caught keen to hit the trolled lures. Out on the wide grounds around the FAD there are Dolphin Fish but most are under size. Out in front of the Jail, Bonito and Mac Tuna are in numbers while the odd Tailor have been in close. Fish Rock has had some nice Snapper around it very early in the mornings with some nice Kings through the day.

   There have been a few Jewfish caught in the river off the Break wall with some around the 16 to 20 kilo mark. Shovel Nose Sharks will annoy you at the mouth of the river. Good numbers of Bream are along the walls with the odd Blackfish starting to show up. Flathead were a little harder to find through the week with a few caught around the cleaning tables of the boat ramp, Jerseyville in the shallows using Plastics while Clybucca has plenty of smaller units through the Cut. If you are chasing the Whiting, after a fantastic season you will still find a few up around Kinchela and Smithtown.

It is a great time to get up early and fish Smoky or Gap beach for a Tailor or two, and if they are not playing the game look for some nice Bream, Whiting or a Sand Flathead while you watch the sun come up. Oh and you might want to rug up.

May 01, 2020

   What a difference a week makes. A wintery blast of south westers cooling things down last weekend. Outside fisho’s early last week fished Grassy for Spotted Mackerel and a few Spanish in around 22 to 23deg water. Live bait is a hit and miss thing at the moment but fish were caught on Pilchards and larger dead baits for the Spanish. On the bottom, out a little wider you will find good numbers of Pearl Perch being caught with some fair Snapper and Tuskies in the mix. Off the Jail it has been a little slow with one or two Wahoo caught along with a few Long Tail Tuna. Kings have been around Fish Rock with some nice fish amongst them.

    The river has been fishing ok but you will need to find somewhere out of the wind. Clybucca has a few Flathead on the drop offs where you may find a Whiting or two. Around to the oyster racks Bream are starting to show up to feed with best results early mornings. Up river has been producing a few Flathead and Whiting but it is still a little dirty up there. More Blackfish were caught through the week but mostly up towards Stuarts Point with only the odd one off the Breakwall.

   Once again there has been some great King Fish action off the rock ledges in front of the Jail and down around the Lighthouse with fair numbers of Drummer and Tailor coming in as well. Off the Beaches Smoky and Gap again have some nice Tailor being caught with Bream, Dart and the odd good Whiting. Main Beach has a few Bream but there has been some weed coming in making the fishing tough.

April 24, 2020

It has been like a car park off Grassy with locals having it all to themselves as good numbers of Spotted Mackerel were caught through the week. Spanish were a little harder to find but the ones caught were quality fish. The boys that bottom bounce didn’t miss out either with some nice Reds about around Grassy’s wider grounds and up towards Scotts Head. There were a few Pearl Perch, Tuskies and the odd Trag out of the same location. Out in front of the Jail there has been one or two Wahoo and Cobia about with some nice Jewfish reported as well. Fish Rock has a few Kings and the odd Pelagic showing up down south.

  Flathead have been on the bite around the Boat ramp and down in front of the Tavern. If you can find some Herring you will be on track for that nice Lizard in the bag. Good numbers of Bream along the walls but they are mainly smaller fish at the moment. Up river to Kinchela good Whiting are still on the bite with some nice fish caught in the darker hours. A few schools of Blackfish are starting to come into the River and Creek, early days but the odd one has been caught already. Don’t worry if you can’t get green weed yet, the weed flies are doing the trick.

Off the rocks good Kingfish have been caught with a few around the 10 kilo mark. Tuna and Bonito are in numbers as well. Off the Beaches the Whiting are starting to slow down on Smoky and Gap Beach but some nice Bream Tailor were caught last week along with a few Flathead in the calm conditions.

April 17, 2020

   Last week saw locals back on the water with some cracker days and nice blue water on a flat ocean. Good numbers of Spotted Mackerel are around Grassy and Scotts Head along with a few Spanish in the mix. Slimies are the gun bait but the spotties will take a Pilchard. Sharks again were a major problem taking fish and playing havoc on you gear. On the bottom there have been a few Tuskies, Snapper and Pearl Perch. Off the wide grounds Bar Cod were brought up in a few locations. Better numbers of Wahoo around through the week with good fish caught from Grassy down to Fish Rock. Bonito and Tuna are about while some nice Kings were caught down south.  

    In the river Flathead numbers have been good with some big fish amongst them. Bream are everywhere at the moment but it’s tough to find on big enough to rip a fillet off it. Up river Whiting are still on the bite with Worms and Nippers premium bait on these fish. There are a few Mangrove Jacks starting to appear along the walls, but you will lose some gear trying to find them.   Blackfish are in patches along the walls but they are very timid at this early stage.

    Off the Rocks plenty of small Kings are being caught with some nice Tailor off the ledges from Little Bay down to The Lighthouse. Drummer, Tarwhine and Tuna are also in the mix.

 Off the beach Smoky and Gap are still producing Whiting, Bream and the odd Tailor. If it goes quiet try a plastic bait for a Flathead in close to the breakers with some nice fish caught last week.

April 3, 2020

After many weeks we finally have great water off Grassy Head. This has brought good numbers of Spotted Mackerel and the odd Spanish back to this area. On the bad side this area is loaded with Sharks praying on your catch. A few Fisho’s are also heading further north with some good results. On the bottom there are a few Reds coming in but mostly just legal fish with the odd Pearl Perch amongst them. Off the Jail there have been a few Spotted Mackerel with a couple of nice Wahoo starting to show up. Mac Tuna are in good numbers along the coast with a thumper or two amongst them. Kings are around Fish Rock and Green Island while Black Rock is still holding a few Mackerel and Cobia. You will need to search for bait because the normal Bait grounds have been slow.

   It has been tough to find that elusive Jewfish in the river so maybe search for one of those monster Macleay Flathead that have been showing up over the last few weeks. Bream are all along the walls but the big units are missing in action this week. Whiting and Flathead are around Clybucca up to Fisherman’s in fair numbers with a run in tide more productive. Past Jerseyville the Whiting numbers are good taking Nippers and Worms.

   Rock Hoppers are getting amongst some nice Tailor with a few Kings and Tuna. One or two Spanish have been caught off the ledges around Hat Head.

The beaches all are fishing well for Whiting and Bream with Smoky giving up a few Tailor in the mix.

March 20, 2020

   Here we are right in the middle of Mackerel season and their play ground up off Grassy and Scotts Head is empty. We are not seeing the good water come in close up there                 so sadly there has been no action at all. Jims and Cols hole, Jail Peak and other locations in front of the Jail are producing Spotted Mackerel, the odd Cobia and whispers of a Wahoo through the week. The Dot has been holding a few Snapper and Mowies on the bottom. Further south Long Tail Tuna are in fair numbers with plenty of Bonito and Mac Tuna in the mix. Fish Rock and Green Island have some Kings hanging around with the odd good fish amongst them. Slimies are a little hard to come by some mornings but plenty of Yakkas and Scads.

    The Break Wall is still the place to be with good Whiting being caught along with heaps of Bream and a few Flathead. Clybucca is fishing well for Flathead and Whiting while Stuarts Point has had some cracker Whiting coming in through the week. Jerseyville has had some nice Bream off the new Boat ramp with a deep hole just there. Further up river a few fish were found but your best bet is towards the mouth.

   The best fishing at the moment is off the beaches. Gap Beach has some great Whiting coming in while Smoky has Whiting and Bream in numbers with the odd Flathead. Back Beach has some Whiting while Main Beach has produced some good fish around the Boulders up to the boat ramp at the Jail.

Of the ledges a few Long Tail Tuna have been caught with a few Bonito on spinners.

March 13, 2020

Things are starting to return back to normal with some nice water coming down. The mackerel action around Grassy Head is still slow with only a few caught through the week but there are good numbers of Snapper coming in and water quality is improving every day so it won’t be long before it produces Spotties again. It is a different story out in front of the Jail where between Jims hole and the Jail Peak Spotted Mackerel are in fair numbers with a few Cobia in the mix. One or two small Black Marlin have been hooked out of this location along with plenty of unwanted Sharks. Down towards Fish Rock, King Fish, good numbers of Mac Tuna and a few Long Tail Tuna are on the bite. 

    The river continues to produce good Whiting off the Break Wall along with quality Bream taking live Worms and nippers. It is a mystery where the Jew Fish have gone but it is not only here, Port and Nambucca Rivers are shy of them as well. Flathead did not like that dirty water but as it clears good fish have been caught in front of the Tavern and the Boat Shed for the land based fisho’s, while up around Clybucca, Rainbow Reach and Stuarts Point Lizards to 80 cm have been caught. Jerseyville is fishing well with the better water quality holding Whiting around the shallows near the Bridge.

Beach fishing has been very productive with Smoky and Gap Beach fishing well for good Whiting and quality Bream. Towards Hat Head Flathead are in numbers with some nice fish amongst them. Back Beach continues to have a Whiting or two while you will also get them around the Boulders on Main Beach. Plenty of action of the ledges this week with Drummer, Tuna and a 14 kilo Spanish caught through the week.

March 6, 2020

As the dirty water continues to flow out of our river fisho’s venturing outside are forced out wider to get that cleaner water. There are a few Snapper coming in off Grassy and Scotts Head with the odd Pearl Perch but unfortunately no sign of any Mackerel out of this location. There were a couple of Spotties caught off the Jail amongst the good numbers of Mac Tuna and Bonito. Sharks are a problem again on que for our late Mackerel season. Not much to report from out at the FAD but a strong current and a few Dollies. Fair Kings around Green Island and Fish Rock to be caught with some good Mac Tuna down there as well. It has been tough getting live Bait around the buoys.

There have been a few Flathead coming in out of the dirty water with the Breakwall producing some nice fish. Good numbers of Bream and Whiting continue to be on the bite along the Wall as well. Through the Cut, Whiting and Flathead are working in the shallow water. Now is the time to use those double clutch lures in half a meter of water to disturb the bottom to get their attention. We have had reports of some nice Bream around the Boat Ramp at Jerseyville, there is an eddy there so you can fish light.

The place to be at the moment is the beaches. Smoky Beach has been producing some cracker Bream and Whiting with a Tailor or two in the mix. Gap Beach is fishing well also, just watch the tracks down to the beach. Closer to home Back Beach has a few Whiting towards the Breakwall while on Main Beach you can pick up a feed around the Boulders.

February 19, 2020

The blue water is trying to make its way down but the coast but with the flow out of the river it’s keeping the good water at bay. Late last week Spotted Mackerel started to show up off Grassy Head and a few out in front of the Jail. Out a little wider there were Snapper in about 60 meters with some nice fish amongst them. A good current line is in close to Hat Head at the moment with Point Plummer producing some nice Spanish Mackerel on live bait. Fish Rock produced a few Cobia last week with the best going around 30 kilo. There are positive signs that it is about to fire up for a late summer run.

Well the dirty water keeps coming down and will be that way for a while; the good news is there are fish in it. Most fish are from the Boat Ramp down to the mouth. Along the Break wall thumper Whiting are being caught around Jew Bite with good numbers of Bream coming in along the Wall. There were a few Jewfish caught through the week, finally making an appearance in the dirty water. I would give the fishing a miss up river unless you are after Mud Crabs that are getting about. Around the Cut the odd Flathead are being caught in the shallows around Clybucca but there is a lot of mud making its way to the bottom.

The beaches are producing some very nice Whiting and Bream flushed out of the river. Main Beach between the Boulders and the Wreck is working well while Smoky has a few Tailor in the mix.

February 14, 2020

A washout, that’s all you could say about last week.  Only a few boats ventured out for unfortunately very little result. There is a definite current line out there so hopefully it won’t be long before we get some good water coming in. There is a torrent of water coming down from the water catchment areas up river which is playing havoc with the tides in the river. The good news is there are some cracker Bream and Whiting being caught along the Break Wall in that chocolate water. I think bait is your preferred choice against lures Live Worms and Nippers have been working well. It is not easy fishing with the flow of water but definitely worth a shot. Tarwhine, Grunter, Moses Perch and Fork Tail Catfish are all in the mix. The only thing the fresh is not holding are the Jewfish, apart from a few Schoolies they seem to be missing in action. Upriver the fishing has been slow there is a heap of weed coming down so I would give that a miss for a week or so. Clubucca has a few Whiting coming in with good numbers of Mud Crabs in the traps.

With the flush out of the river our Beaches can fire up, Main Beach has some nice Whiting being caught with a Bream or two around the Boulders. The north and south tracks down to Gap Beach are tricky at the moment so Smoky Beach might be the go with Bream and Whiting in good numbers coming out of the surf.

February 07, 2020

What a week, we needed the rain but the wind has been a pain. There were a few keen fisho,s headed out through the week but all finding the conditions very uncomfortable. The good news is the sea temps are rising again and nice warm currents are heading south so it is looking good once the weather settles. But this week all the positive reports are coming from Fish Rock where there were some nice King Fish pulled out, but unless you have iron guts, take a pill because it’s rough. There has been plenty of Bait on the bait grounds but no reports of any Pelagics or bottom fish this week.

The river is dirty but good Bream have been caught along the Break Wall on the tide changes. You will lose some gear but for that classic 40cm Bream it’s worth it. There has been the odd Jewfish out of the same location but this should improve on the full moon due this week. Up river Flathead are in fair numbers around the boat ramp and out of the hole in front of the Tavern. Spencer’s Creek has a few Flathead, Bream and Whiting also it’s worth throwing a Crab trap in there for a Muddy or two. Clybucca has a few Flathead hanging in the mouth of the small creeks as the tide starts to run out.

Smoky Beach has been hard to fish in these current conditions but there are reports of some nice Whiting and Bream out of the surf. Gap Beach may offer a little more protection from the elements and you normally come home with a feed from this location.

January 31, 2020

Relentless North Easters are causing havoc with the blue water fisho’s but it is that time of the year. The water has gone cold and dirty after the rains and with that the great run of small Black Marlin has halted. Up off Grassy the Mackerel have slowed down with just the odd Spottie being landed. On the bottom there are a few Snapper and a Pearly or two but you need to search for that reefy bottom. Fish Rock and Green Island are giving up a few Kings but none of any size. The plus side is there are plenty of Slimies about on the bait grounds.

The dirty water in the river is certainly not putting the Flathead off with some cracker fish caught through the week. Off the Breakwall there were a few Jewfish caught with conditions perfect for these fish. Good numbers of Bream are about with the best weighed going 1.55kg cleaned. Moses Perch or Finger mark or they are called sometimes are also in good numbers, these fish eat well so keep them if you’re light on the days catch. Up around Clybucca and Fisherman’s Reach fair Whiting have been caught with the odd Flathead. Jerseyville up to Kinchela the water is really dirty so no reports from up that way this week.

Rock Hopper are getting a few Kings off the Light House ledges with one weighed in at the shop going 14 kilo caught in pretty choppy conditions.

Smoky Beach has a few Whiting starting to appear with some nice Bream. Gap Beach I am told has the odd Tailor with good numbers of Whiting as well.

January 17, 2020

I am happy to report the first run of Spotted Mackerel have arrived through the week off Grassy Head with a couple of crews bagging out on these toothy critters. Sadly conditions changed and they disappeared but they will be back with a vengeance. There have been some nice Reds out of the same area with one or two Pearl Perch in the bag as well. Off the Jail small Black Marlin are in close with most hooked around the 40 kilo mark. Out at the FAD a few Dolphin Fish are around it but you need to be early on the marks. Mack Tuna and the odd Yellow Fin were reported out the front with a run of Bonito in close. Green Island and Fish Rock are giving up a King or two around them.

Land based fisho”s are struggling to hook a nice Flathead in the river, I would be trying in front of the Tavern on the tide turn, it’s a little snaggy but good drop off’s produce good fish. Rainbow Reach can also be a good location with School Jew, Flathead and Bream that haunt that deeper water. Clybucca has been productive with Whiting and Flathead in numbers for the boaties. A few Mangrove Jacks are starting to appear in the deeper holes up river and don’t be surprised if there is a Cobia or two around your boat. Herring are in numbers again around the jetties and ramps, worth the effort for a great bait.

The beaches are now starting to fire up with Smoky Beach fishing well for nice Whiting, Dart and Bream on worms and Pippis. Gap Beach has been good while Little Bay has a few Whiting coming in. Back Beach can be a hot spot for sand Flathead at the mouth on a run out tide using Whitebait on a small ganged hook.

January 10, 2020

Firstly from all of us here at Rocks Marine Bait and Tackle we wish you all a happy and safe new year and we thank you for your continued support last year.

We should be used to it but the North Easters battered us again over Xmas but with a few days of South between them Fisho’s got out to wet a line. Grassy head fished ok for a few Snapper and Tuskies but the water went cold and with that came only a sniff of Spotted Mackerel with only two or three caught. Out on the wide grounds in great water Dolphin Fish were around the FAD but have thinned out over the last week. One or two Bar Cod have been lifted around the same location. There have been small Blacks in front of the Jail with a Striped Marlin around 90 kilo caught in 40 meters. Kings are around Fish Rock amongst the Rats with a few Cobia starting to show up around Black Rock.

The River has been a little tough with some nice Flathead coming in and with a few Bream along the walls you should get yourself a feed. Whiting are still way up river starting from Jerseyville right up to Fredo. The Break Wall is giving up a few Jew Fish but nothing of any size. If you head up through the cut towards Stuarts Point you should find a Whiting there. Heaps of Bass are schooling around Green Hills, waiting for the rains to get up river, they are a great sport fish but please release them back in to the pools.

Smoky Beach has good numbers of Whiting coming in with lots of throw backs but the odd nice fish amongst them. Bream, Dart and Flathead have also been in the mix. Gap Beach is also worth a fish with a few Tailor hanging around during first light.

December 13, 2019

Some warmer blue water has come in through the week with the few days of Southerly winds, but we are still waiting for that first Mackerel to be caught for the season. Off Grassy and Scotts Head some nice Snapper were taken up to around 6 kilo with one or two Pearlies in the bag. Tusk Fish are starting to appear as well. Out on the wide grounds Dolphin Fish are in good numbers while a bait down deep should get you a Cod or two. Off the Jail the Dot is producing a few Snapper, Mowies and assorted reef fish. Flathead are on the gravel in front of the Lighthouse as are Spanner Crabs (Just check the local restrictions). Fish Rock and Green Island has had some King Fish action through the week.

Last week we saw quite a few Jewfish caught in the river, no monsters but very presentable fish. Flathead are full on with some big fish being hooked. The boaties seem to be getting most of the action but still the land based fisho’s are catching their share Lizards as well. Whiting are a hit and miss adventure with the hot spot this week being the shallows around Jerseyville. Through the Cut and up to Stuarts Point there have been a few Whiting and Flathead around the drop off’s on the way up. The Break Wall has some nice Bream and Flathead around just on the tide changes.

There has been the odd Tailor caught off the rocks maybe the result off the cooler water last week. Good numbers of Bream and Tahwine along with one or two Drummer coming in.

Off the Beaches things were a little quite with a few Whiting and Bream off Smoky and Gap Beach. Hopefully this will pick up with the better water conditions.

December 6, 2019

Much better conditions last week saw many guys hit the ocean to head out for a day on the water. The water temp has gone cold with the North Easters so it has been a little tough out there. Grassy produced a few Snapper and Pearl Perch on the bottom with better results out in around 60 meters. Out at the FAD there are some Dolphin Fish but it has been a little hit and miss over the last few weeks. There were no reports of any Pelagics through the week but it won’t be long. Down south to Fish Rock you will find King Fish with the odd Snapper in close on Plastics.

One again our river is giving up plenty of Flathead with many caught over 80cm. Live herring and Mullet seem to be doing the trick but they also are a sucker for a well presented Plastic lure. Good numbers of Whiting are about around the shallows at Jerseyville with Nippers and Worms the gun bait. This is the time to use the Sugapens our other surface lures to entice these tasty critters. There are still the odd Jewfish being caught off the Break Wall while in close Bream are in numbers. Bass fishing past Kempsey is full on with stacks of fish on the bite at the moment. The boys tell me Spinner Baits are working well up there.

On the beaches Smoky has been fishing well for Whiting and Bream with a few Flathead as well in the mix. Gap beach has been ok with a few Whiting and Dart in the bag. Main beach in town is tough with plenty of swimmers here at the moment but nice Bream are being caught late afternoon around the Boulders.

November 29, 2019

What a shocker week with only one or two fishable days outside there is not much to report. A few boats headed north to Grassy Head for the odd Snapper and a few other bottom feeders in green cooler water. For those battling the seas out at the FAD did find some nice Dolphin fish, hard work though. In front of the Jail the pros are getting a good run of Bonito. Off the Lighthouse There are plenty of Flathead in close to get you a feed. Fish Rock and Green Island is giving up a few King fish.    The boys are telling me fair numbers of bigger Slimies   are on the bait grounds, which is a good sign of things to come.

Our river is producing one of the best runs of Jewfish we have seen for a while. Fish mostly caught at late afternoon in to dark have been up to 20 kilo. Live bait has been productive as have the bigger plastics towards the river mouth. Moving up river Flathead have been in good numbers with the odd big fish amongst them. Plastics, hard bodies or bait, it doesn’t seem to matter what you throw at them as long as you are in the right location. Whiting have been around Fisherman’s Reach and up around Clybucca. Jerseyville has also been a hot spot with Worms and Nippers around the shallows while some big Whiting are further up river at Kinchela. Along the walls there are stacks of small Bream eager to rip your bait off the hook.

Rock Hoppers are getting a few Drummer, bonito, Bream and the odd King with a report of a nice Cobia taken off the ledges through the week.

On the beaches Whiting, Bream and Dart are in fair numbers off Smoky and Gap Beach.

November 15, 2019

It has been like on fog on the water through the week with all the smoke around after the fires. I am not sure the affect it has on the fish bite but it has been slow over the past few weeks. Off Grassy and Scotts most fish have been caught on the wider grounds with a few fair Snapper and Pearl Perch coming into the boat. On a positive note good numbers of Dolphin Fish are around the FAD and if you are heading down to Fish Rock and Green Island you should pick up a nice feed of King Fish.  In the deeper water there were a couple of Cod brought up through the week.

It has been the same story in the river with not much action apart from the one or two Jewfish caught at night off the Break Wall. Definitely it is more productive further up river with some nice catches of Flathead off the drop offs around Kinchela. Whiting are being caught through the Cut towards Stuarts Point or down through Clybucca, the golden hole and Andersons inlet. Smaller keeper Flathead have been caught out of the same locations. Sugarpen and Double Clutch lures are working a treat on the Whiting and Flathead around Jerseyville. Back Creek is fishing well for Bream and Whiting on the full tide.

Smoky and Gap Beach has some nice Whiting coming in but there were National Park closures through the week with the fires making it tough to get down there. Main Beach fished ok for the odd Whiting and Bream as did the headlands around Horseshoe Bay.

November 1, 2019

It was a little joggley out there this week but there are always keen fisho’s out to get a feed. Grassy fished ok through the week with fair catches of Snapper, Pearl Perch and Trag coming in. you need to hunt around though because one crew did well in about 30 meters but most boats are heading to the wider grounds to pull their fish up. There were a few Dolphin Fish around the FAD but you need to get luck with the conditions. The cod grounds have fired up through the week with some nice fish coming out of the deeper water. There were quality King Fish coming from the Wreck and around Fish Rock, well worth a trip down there.

There were good numbers of Flathead caught last week out of many locations in the Macleay with a few heading towards that magic meter mark. It is a good sign that these fish have become more active as it warms up. Whiting have been on the bite up river towards Kinchela again this week with some thumpers amongst them. The odd Jewfish have been caught off the Breakwall with best reported around 10 kilo while Flathead are being caught out of the same location. Bream are along the walls but there are a lot of undersize fish with them. Clybucca is producing fish with Bream, Whiting and Flathead coming in from the back waters.

On the beaches Smoky has some nice Whiting and Dart being caught, if you are driving on the beach it is very soft as you get on with a few fisho’s bogged this week. Gap is fishing well for Dart, Bream and Whiting while the headlands around Horseshoe and the Surf Club are producing cracker Bream at the moment.

November 1, 2019

It was a little joggley out there this week but there are always keen fisho’s out to get a feed. Grassy fished ok through the week with fair catches of Snapper, Pearl Perch and Trag coming in. you need to hunt around though because one crew did well in about 30 meters but most boats are heading to the wider grounds to pull their fish up. There were a few Dolphin Fish around the FAD but you need to get luck with the conditions. The cod grounds have fired up through the week with some nice fish coming out of the deeper water. There were quality King Fish coming from the Wreck and around Fish Rock, well worth a trip down there.

There were good numbers of Flathead caught last week out of many locations in the Macleay with a few heading towards that magic meter mark. It is a good sign that these fish have become more active as it warms up. Whiting have been on the bite up river towards Kinchela again this week with some thumpers amongst them. The odd Jewfish have been caught off the Breakwall with best reported around 10 kilo while Flathead are being caught out of the same location. Bream are along the walls but there are a lot of undersize fish with them. Clybucca is producing fish with Bream, Whiting and Flathead coming in from the back waters.

On the beaches Smoky has some nice Whiting and Dart being caught, if you are driving on the beach it is very soft as you get on with a few fisho’s bogged this week. Gap is fishing well for Dart, Bream and Whiting while the headlands around Horseshoe and the Surf Club are producing cracker Bream at the moment.

Report 18/10/19

Seas were a little lumpy over the weekend but that didn’t stop fisho’s heading out. There are some cracker Snapper being caught off Grassy and Scotts Head up to 6 kilo, some are still being caught in close and depending on the current out around 60 meters has also been productive. Pearl Perch are in fair numbers while out wider Long Fin Perch are coming in as well. A few Dolphin Fish are around the FAD but it’s still early stages for bigger Fish. Good numbers of Flathead are on the Gravel in front of the Lighthouse. King Fish, as always are around Fish Rock with plenty of Rats off Green Island.

There are signs of a very healthy Macleay River as summer approaches with a heap of Bait Fish about and a little color in the water. Up around Jerseyville Whiting are in good numbers while plenty of Flathead around the 50cm have been landed. Clybucca and up towards Stuarts Point is fishing well for Bream around the Oyster Racks while Flathead are on the drop offs hitting plastics and hard body lures. If your bait fishing try the deeper water with a well presented Mullet strip for that bigger lizard. Bream are feeding around the Breakwall with some nice fish caught first light.

The Rock Hoppers have hit a few Jewfish off the ledges around the Jail with plenty of Bream and the odd Drummer coming in.

On the beaches Whiting and Bream are on Smoky Beach while Gap Beach continues to produce some nice fish early in the mornings. Little Bay is always worth a try for a good Whiting or two on an incoming tide.

Report 11/10/19

There were some nice Snapper about through the week with really good results in close around the 30 meter mark. A few of these Reds went around the 8 kilo mark with good numbers around 4 and 5 kilo. Pearl Perch have been in a little deeper water with the odd good fish amongst them. Out wider the charters are doing well with Long Fin Perch and a few Cod on the bottom. The FAD had some nice Dolphin Fish around it but they were not interested in taking anything you threw at them. Off the Jail there are still good numbers of Flathead on the gravel with the odd Snapper and Mowie off Jims Hole. Fish Rock was a hit and miss situation with a few Kings coming in with a Red or two in the bag. There is a bit of current out there at the moment and with the wind we had through the week it has made it tough to fish.

 There have been some Flathead caught through the week as the water slowly starts to warm. Clybucca produced some nice fish as did Fisherman’s Reach and Jerseyville taking fish baits and Lures. Along the walls you will find Bream and odd Blackfish or two still hanging around. The Break Wall has plenty of Shovelies at the moment with reports of a few thumper Flathead coming in as well. Around Rainbow Reach and Jerseyville fisho’s have had some GT action ripping in to medium surface lures. Whiting are taking Worms and Nippers up river from Jerseyville to Smithtown.

On the Beaches Gap Beach continues to fish well for Whiting and Bream while Smoky has Dart, Whiting and Bream in the gutters. Just a reminder the Council are now issuing a 2 week pass to drive on the beaches for only $20.00 and are available at our store.

Report 20/9/19

Out wide between 80-90m has been pretty consistent for bar cod and blueye trevalla. There’s a fair bit of current, and most guys are dropping down with 1kg weights. There’s the odd snapper, tuskfish and pearly out there as well, but not many.

With a week that the weather was only fair we did have some much needed rain which will help our river system with a little fresh. Fisho’s heading out last week battled to get a feed with Grassy and Scotts Head only producing a few Pearlies and Snapper with a Trag or two in the bag. Off the Jail there was a fair joggle on which made the fishing tough but there were a few Mowies and the odd Leather Jacket out a little wider caught. The Flathead grounds off the lighthouse produced a few while the Spanner Crab guys managed a feed as well. Fish Rock was probably the place to be with King Fish in fair numbers. DPI tells me the FAD should be back out by the end of the month.

There were a few Luderick caught off the Breakwall but nothing like last week’s bag outs. Bream are about but mostly smaller fish taking the baits. Flathead seem to be more active with some nice fish caught in the slower water around Clybucca, Andersons and up towards Stuarts Point. The Causeway end of Back Creek is fishing well for Flathead as well. If we can get some water with a little colour in it we should see a Jewfish or two towards the mouth of the river. With the annual Kempsey Bass Catch weekend another successful event it shows plenty of Bass are up river and well worth a trip to those majestic locations past Kempsey.

Gap Beach continues the best beach to fish with good catches of Whiting and Bream through the week. Smoky has been tough to fish with a sweep heading south but if you find a gutter there will be a fish or two in it.

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