The northern coastline of NSW is a popular destination for anglers as it is fairly quiet and holds a good mix of both southern and northern fish species. Popular fishing locations along this part of the coast include Brunswick Heads, Ballina, Yamba and Coffs Harbour. Customer Gary lives around Ballina and fishes the region a fair bit, and his latest beach session has seen him yield some massive tailor to 80cm. Gary has been fishing pilchard on ganged hook rigs early during the morning, with most of the fish coming while it's still dark.

Staff member Chris has just returned from a trip to Yamba, a tad south from Ballina. Chris did some fishing with his father but found the weather to hold them back a fair bit - with only 1 decent trip offshore. A good mixed bag of species were caught offshore with spotted mackerel, snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch, flathead and small whaler sharks making it to the boat. The humble pilchard did most of the damage with nearly all fish finding it heard to refuse.


If Melbourne winter's don't quite do it for you in terms of both weather and fishing, the Northern coastline of NSW is where you should escape to this time of the year. The section of coastline from Coffs Harbour right up to Tweed Heads has some brilliant fishing to be had in the estuaries and rivers, as well as along the beaches and offshore too. The best part about this section the coast is that you can quite easily catch both Northern and Southern species of fish at the same time!

Staff member Chris is spending some time just south of Ballina in a town called Yamba where he's wasted no time in getting out offshore to try and track a few fish down. 

Just earlier in the week he fished with a couple of mates out wide in 75m of water around a sunken wreck to target snapper, mulloway and cobia. Using freshly caught mullet Chris and his mates got onto a good patch of school mulloway to 6kg and snapper to 3kg. Shimano Lucanus jigs hovering above the bottom accounted for a few nice fish as well, especially when spiced up with a bit of scent or a strip of bait.

Over in another boat Peter, one of Chris' other mates nailed a nice cobia using a live yakka. The yakka went out and lasted no more than 3 minutes until it got smashed!


Staff member Chris is currently enjoying some fishing time up along the far Northern coast of NSW. He has been doing a bit of offshore fishing chasing fish like snapper and pearl perch around reef patches, wrecks and bommies.

Chris took his Dad out with him over the weekend where the boys managed some nice snapper up to 4.6kg from the reef using both bait and jigs. Best baits on the snapper have been pillies and freshly caught mullet and yakkas, with a few fish taking the Lucanus jigs while they were bouncing just above the bottom. Lucanus jigs in white, pink and blue fished with a bit of added scent have been working well on most of the reef species.


Staff member Dylan has been doing some fishing along the NSW coast, with plenty of Sand Whiting, Bream and Flathead on topwater lures along shallow sandflats in the estuaries.

Along the same stretch of coastline, Staff member Chris has been doing some inshore fishing when the weather plays nice, with Snapper, Pearl Perch and Teraglin being the most prolific species being caught.  Having lucanus-style jigs out while bottom bouncing is a very effective way to catch these reef species.