Head for sheltered estuaries where you’re sure to get a feed

LOOKS like a mountain of rough weather is coming this weekend, so stay clear of the ocean rocks and the river bars.

A cold front and a trough are forecast to pass over us today and they're both linked to a low-pressure cell forming in the southern Tasman Sea, which will bring southerly swells of up to 6m our way from tomorrow.

Anyone who ventures on to the open ocean rocks with a fishing rod in hand deserves to be taken straight to a suicide prevention clinic.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fish available in the estuaries so it shouldn't be too hard to rustle up a fish meal this weekend.

The rising swell and wind should help drive in more fish from the beaches and headlands to seek shelter in calmer waters.

Mulloway and bream that have been working along the coast will join their brethren already in the rivers. Many bream are on a northward migration along the coastline and these sea-run "snowy" bream take on a far lighter silver colour than their river counterparts.

Those local fish that have completed spawning are starting to move a little farther upstream, with more bream up past the ferry at Burns Point and above the Evans and Brunswick bridges.

Lures of all kinds will work during the day, especially down deep in the clear water.

At night, bait comes into its own as the fish rise in the water column and lose their daytime inhibitions, especially now that the supermoon of recent times is on the wane.

Schools of white pilchards and mullet fry have allowed the bream to dine well, along with the ravenous hordes of very small chopper tailor.

Of course with so many mullet around this year, mullet strips are top bait but you could also do well with salted tuna, yellowtail fillets and live yabbies.

The great thing is that the night's catch on yabbies is often a mix of bream, school mulloway, flathead. whiting and plenty of quality luderick.

Luderick might be mainly weed-eaters renowned for spitting out tiny No 8 hooks but they also just love a soft, tasty yabby presented unweighted on a size 1 to 2/0 bream hook.

The blackfish are in good numbers from the breakwalls and rock walls up to Burns Point on the Richmond and the bridges over North Creek and the Evans and Brunswick rivers.

Weed is now readily available from tackle shops or, with a bit of scouting, some of the local farm drains.

With the big seas this weekend, don't even contemplate trying to gather cabbage weed from the ocean rocks.



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