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!

 

The Winter months are an excellent time of the year to target jewfish or mulloway along most of Australia's Eastern coastline. Customer Gary from Brisbane sent us a report from Ballina, along the Northern coastline of NSW. Just last week Gary went for a fish from the shore of the Richmond River towards the mouth targeting mulloway.

Gary said there were mullet being harassed left, right and center by dolphins and other fish so he thought it'd be as good a time as ever to throw a bait out. Gary had one hookup on a strip of mullet and after playing the fish for over an hour, he landed a lovely mulloway of 14.8kg. Now is the time to target these fish using both lures and baits in your local estuaries and beaches.