Hooked on Camden Haven: Mid North Coast fishing frenzy continues

Mid North Coast gem! Zayne Cassidy reeled in this beauty of a pearl perch recently.

DESPITE a touch of cool in the air, the Mid North Coast saw a fantastic week of fishing, with some bragging-worthy catches reported across various locations.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s biting and where to cast your line for success.

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This week takes the crown for rock fishing, boasting some of the best hauls all year.

The positive forecast for this coming weekend suggests another productive outing awaits.

So, dust off your rod and get ready to reel in some impressive catches.

The cooler temperatures seem to have refreshed the drummer population, with their numbers significantly increasing off the rocks.

Locations between Hat Head to the north and Seal Rocks to the south reported fantastic catches.

Don’t overlook your local ledges either, like Perpendicular Point and Tacking Point Lighthouse, which both offer good fishing spots in both calm and rough conditions.

Crowdy Head ledges also saw successful reports, with anglers reeling in bream and luderick in good numbers, and even the odd tuna making an appearance.

In the local rivers, bream are aplenty in both the Camden Haven and Hastings River, readily accepting both bait and lures.

Flathead fishing remains excellent, with live bait and all types of lures proving equally effective. Last week’s full moon also saw a few mulloway over a metre caught in the Camden Haven with local anglers catching personal bests.

For anglers targeting luderick after a slow start, catches from the breakwalls have shown steady improvement over the past week, bringing a smile to the faces of dedicated local anglers.

Fishing off the local beaches this week, bream and tailor continue to be consistent catches at Lighthouse and North Shore beaches in Port Macquarie.

Beach fishing also saw reports of larger mulloway at Lake Cathie and North Haven beaches, alongside the usual presence of school-sized fish.

With Lake Cathie open to the ocean, after a much-needed flush out.

The system is showing very healthy signs as young anglers have been having a blast catching bream, school mulloway, and flathead around the bridge and ocean side.

Lures of all descriptions have been the go-to method, but yabbies or prawns are a good bait option if you prefer a more traditional approach.

For anglers looking to head offshore for a fish, as the seas settle, and westerly winds become more common, local offshore fishing is picking up steam.

Snapper fishing has been particularly promising, especially off Port Macquarie and Lake Cathie. While bait has been the most productive method lately, expect soft plastics to take over. Offshore enthusiasts can also keep an eye out for pearl perch and kingfish on the deeper reefs off Laurieton and Crowdy.

With the Mid North Coast teeming with fish and the promise of another productive weekend ahead, there’s no better time to grab your gear and head out for a rewarding fishing adventure.


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