Most of last week saw temperatures well below the average and more winds than we wanted, though predominantly from the south due to change. At least we have got a little rain that is certainly welcome and should be beneficial from the perspective of fishing.
In the estuaries, the plain still represents the best bet with Hastings and tributaries that produce several bags of quality fish. The best catches come from the Dennis Bridge, while Settlement Point and Blackmans Point are worth throwing.
Blackfish is at best unstable, and moths continue to improve in quantity and quality, especially in Maria and Limeburners for those with a boat, while fishermen on the coast can do much worse than hiding behind any back-channel or Blackmans Point.
As usual, living worms and iabia will achieve better results from the bait perspective, however, moles become more responsive to surface spills quite well every day, while the estuaries slowly warm up. Lake Cathie is worth seeing despite being closed.
Also in the estuaries, the school mulberry continues to be taken from all parts of Hastings, with reports this week from the north wall and Rocks Ferri Bridge.
On the beaches the results remain inconsistent. The lighthouse produced several moths, however, there are many returns. A few sensible fleas remain available, especially during early morning sessions.
The best results were from the North Beach and around the Crescent head. Salmon continues to prove pests or bonuses on most beaches, depending on your prospect.
Recent good tides were offered by several school mullovers from North Beach and around Lake Cathie.
Despite the sticks of bait along our coast, the tailor does not currently monitor all schools. It's just a matter of luck.
From the rocks several tailors were taken from Point Plommer and surrounded, while the same locations in the early morning hours or late afternoon days were worth throwing thieves.
A few nice black fish were also available around Shelley and Ruder, but there are few heavy water.
The next few weeks can also be worth throwing for the drummer from the late season, as they have recorded a good catch in almost recent Christmas season.
Many impressive pigs do not interfere with this time of the year, with quality generally well on the average fish found in the winter period.
It's a bit logging off the coastal front, thanks largely to the constant winds that frustrate the fishermen's end.
We hope this weekend will see acceptable conditions for change, and if so, I expect a strong patronage. With a little luck, the next week's report will contain some more encouraging information.
Until then, good fishing and solid lines for everyone.