Fish the mouth for best results

Robbie and Lesley Willcox caught flathead in the river.
Robbie and Lesley Willcox caught flathead in the river.

THE conditions offshore haven't been ideal but before it started blowing the fish were on the chew everywhere.

Heaps of Spanish mackerel, dolphin fish, wahoo, pearl perch and coral trout. The Spanish were hitting floating pillies, live baits and lures like the River 2 Sea Down Sider, which works well when trolled at only four knots.

Hopefully when we get some more good weather all these fish will still be around.

The river has been fishing okay, with the anglers that are willing to brave the ordinary conditions getting well rewarded.

The river mouth is the most consistent place to concentrate your efforts.

Try drifting a half pilchard around the Frying Pan.

There is a new entrance opened up on the north east side that seems to be holding its fair share of flathead.

The preferred rig for this type of fishing is a large bean sinker on top of your swivel and then at least 1m of trace down to a 2/0 long shank hook.

To increase your hook-ups try a small stinger hook above your main hook.

You will be amazed how many fish will get hooked by the small hook.

The large bean sinker will stir the sand up on the bottom while you are drifting and this should get the flathead interested.

There has also been quite a lot of jew caught around the mouth but please remember the legal minimum size for them is 75cm.

Mud crabs are still being caught and even though there are a lot of females it is still worth your while as the males caught are monsters.

The beaches have been producing good whiting and bream and the odd tailor.

At Sunshine and Castaways beaches, a small run of mackerel have been showing up amid-morning so if you what to have some fun go down and throw some medium size metal slugs at them.

Please call into Davo's Compleat Angler and have a chat with the team for all the latest information on the fishing scene and don't forget to log on to for the latest photos and bar info.

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