Beach fishing looks promising
THE surf beaches this week have looked great, with huge amounts of whiting cruising around the gutters looking for beach worms and yabbies.
Good numbers of flathead have also been caught there and on a good day, some fish go nuts every cast.
Surf fishing is also a great way to expand on your fishing skills, as it is a different type of fishing.
The key is to walk the sand flats and look for the spots where the water washes out into the main deeper channels. These spots are where all the baitfish are pushed off the flats and into the deeper water and the large predatory fish, such as the flathead, wait and ambush their prey.
On dead low tide, walk the mud and sand flats to find shapes that outline a flathead sitting on the bottom. Stingrays usually leave large circular imprints but flathead shapes in the sand/mud are very distinctive. If you come across their shapes, take note of the spots, as the fish will most likely be back at a higher stage in the tide to feed again.
Some of the sand and mud flats where I have had success include some of the flats further up Kauri Creek - as you enter Teebar Creek, the sand flat on the right that stretches to bird rock, the flats near Carlo Creek, most of the flats up near Poona and there have been some monster fish pulled off Inskip Point over the years.
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