Some of the school holiday crowd head out towards the east coast of Gippsland and into NSW over the school break. With beautiful scenery and even better fishing, there's no wonder so many Victorians head out that way. Down around Bemm river in east Gippsland customer Mark got into some lovely bream fishing the lake. The lake here will continue to heat up over the next month or so, and perfect timing with many anglers heading out this way around Cup Weekend. Mark caught most of his fish between fresh prawn and sandworm on light running sink rigs.

Around the southern NSW coastline, customer Lilong camped out and fished with some mates from the rocks and wharves of the area. With a large offshore algae bloom the fishing was slower than usual, but the guys caught plenty of couta, pike and salmon using a variety of lures. Casting slow jigs and smaller plastics accounted for most fish between Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. The squid fishing in the area has also been good, with the same wharves producing both calamari and arrow squid around last light on size 3.0 jigs.


Staff member Dylan was also situated around the south coast for a few days with a couple of rods packed. With cold water temperatures, there were plenty of silver trevally, tailor and salmon around in the estuaries. Dylan spent a bit of time studying the habits of some nice luderick in the area and tried a few methods of catching them on the fly rod. After a few days of different methods, he managed to work out their feeding habits a bit and got into some. Fishing home tied 'weed' flies to fish around 1kg on the sand flats was the best method, with a handful making their way home to the table. Among the luderick, he also caught flathead, tailor, silver trevally and salmon on fly in the local estuaries around Merimbula and Eden.


Further up the coast, customer Hendrik has been putting slabs of chrome on the rocks. Hendrik has been fishing around Southwest Rocks, and has been getting cleaned up by some mulloway. Along this part of the coast the mulloway range in size from big to huge! Using a few techniques, Hendrik has landed fish to around 1.1m. Fishing live baits of mullet and pike has been getting the attention of the fish, with scary big fish earning their freedom back in the reef also. Another popular method along this part of the coast is casting big hardbodied lures and swimbaits to likely areas where these predators hunt.

 


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.

 


Customer Hendrik is away holidaying with family along the mid northern NSW coastline between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, near South West Rocks. Hendrik has been doing some fishing both in the estuary and lower section of the Macleay river and also offshore using his Hobie kayak, and he has been catching lots of varieties of fish. Hendrik enjoys his lure fishing and in the river he has been catching good size dusky flathead and sand whiting using Zman and Bungee Bait grubs in the bloodworm colour. Around the river mouth and offshore he has been catching plenty of school mulloway, snapper and kingfish.


The most successful lure for the larger fish has been the 'Smash Squid' in UV lumo colour. In Hendrik's words they are 'lollies' to the fish. Hendrik has found a 1/8oz worm or weedless hook setup has been the most productive when cast around structure or cruising fish. 

 

 

Just prior to Easter, the South coast of NSW experienced a hot marlin bite from Eden all the way through to just South of Sydney. Customers Anton and Justin fished the Alliance tag and release tournament at Bermagui recently - where the boys tagged some solid striped marlin. Justin caught his first marlin on a lumo Topgun skirt and 15kg. Customer Ben also fished out from Bermagui recently to land a nice striped marlin of around 80kg on a live slimey mackerel.

A bit further away customer Peter was fishing offshore from Yamba in far Northern NSW when he landed this nice cobia of around 8kg. Peter caught the fish on an unweighted pilchard on wire trace intended for mackerel, and fought it for 30min before it gave up. Customer Kevin from the Noble Park Angling Club sent in a picture of a nice Golden trevally he caught when was in Broome last. Kevin caught the 16kg fish on squid on a local charter.

A little closer to home, the Eastern estuaries are fishing well at the moment. Customers Terry and Peter recently fished around Merimbula with baits and lures. Tailor to 4lb were chopping at lures of all sorts in Merimbula lake, along with some nice silver trevally. Peter caught this thumping yellowfin bream in the lake also on a small piece of striped tuna fished around the weedbeds. Customer Andrew was down at Lakes Entrance over the Easter break and he took some time to fish the local lakes and also chase prawns as well. Andrew and a mate had a blast catching prawns, and between them they managed about 8kg of quality prawns, along with some sand crabs.

 

The northern NSW coastline has a variety of fish species available, with both southern species like snapper present, along with northern species such as cobia and various mackerel and trevally species. Staff member Chris is currently enjoying some mild weather up along the NSW coast in Yamba. 

Chris has experienced some mixed fishing from both the river and also offshore. Chris has caught school mulloway on small metal blades while fishing around reef structure and drop offs in the main river. On the offshore front, Chris has found a few warm water species like dolphinfish and spotted mackerel. Trolling lures and live baits have been the go offshore for him. 

 

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 has been getting into some nice fish offshore from Yamba in far Northern NSW. He has been fishing with a couple of mates targeting the mulloway around sunken wrecks and reef patches, using baits and lures.

Most of the mulloway he has been getting have been school fish in the 3 - 6kg size range, and have been holding very close to the structure. One of the more productive areas has been a heavy patch of reef in about 70m of water. The most effective baits for Chris have been strips of freshly caught mullet that Chris has caught around the entrance of the river before heading offshore.

 

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.