Hooked on Camden Haven with Kate Shelton

Kaine Lee recently reeled in this trophy mulloway from the Camden Haven using a daiwa bait junkie 6″ paddle tail soft plastic lure.

INTRODUCING ‘Hooked on Camden Haven’ a regular fishing column with Kate Shelton from Bay Explorer Marine Services.

THE Lake Cathie Fishing Club is hosting their annual Charity Fish Auction this Sunday, June 16 at Club Lake Cathie.

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This free event is open to everyone, and proceeds will benefit both the Lake Cathie Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue Camden Haven.

If you enjoy fishing, you can participate by casting a line on 14, 15 and 16 June.

The weigh-in starts on Sunday at 11:00am, followed by the exciting auction at 1:00pm.

Even if you’re not an angler, come down to score some fresh, local fish and support a great cause.

Find out more details by searching for ‘Lake Cathie Fishing Club’ on Facebook.

The Hastings River has been a hive of activity this week.

The breakwalls saw consistent catches of luderick, bream, and even some mulloway.

Bream continued their reign on the beaches, with Lighthouse Beach boasting some nice catches.

For those chasing bigger fish, tailor and school mulloway offered decent action, with the best reports coming off the beach between North Shore and Queens Head.

Rock fishermen weren’t left out either, with drummer showing up at most headlands, particularly Queens Head and Big Hill around Point Plomer.

Prawns and cunjevoi were the go-to baits for these tasty catches. Bream fishing remained excellent, especially at first light, while tailor also remained an option at most locations during first or last light hours.

Venturing offshore, midweek anglers using deep drop gear enjoyed great success.

The lack of current allowed for plenty of action on electric reels, hauling in big blue-eye trevalla, bass groper, and hapuku.

There were even reports of a couple of striped marlin chasing bait around the ridge last week.

Head further south, the beaches around Grants Head and Dunbogan are offering a steady stream of bream and the occasional whiting.

Tailor are keeping things interesting, and a few salmon are starting to show up.

While there’s no word on monster mulloway, there are plenty of school-sized fish cruising around Lake Cathie.

Inside the lake itself, anglers have been rewarded with the occasional school mulloway and luderick.

Rock fishing remains productive with reports of nice tailor, bream and school mulloway catches. For those venturing even further south towards Crowdy Head, there are drummer and even the occasional snapper waiting to be hooked off the local ledges.

For offshore anglers, reports indicate decent snapper, pearl perch, and kingfish are lurking around the Crowdy Head and Laurieton reefs.

The long-term forecast shows consistent south-westerly winds at ten to fifteen knots alongside a large southerly swell.

Safety first when fishing, these conditions are expected to ease by the end of next week.

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