Outsmarting the fish in bleak weather at Nambucca Heads

Riley Partridge, aged 10, caught a 75cm snapper and a pearl perch on soft plastics and jig deep sea fishing off Coffs Harbour

Riley Partridge, aged 10, caught a 75cm snapper and a pearl perch on soft plastics and jig deep sea fishing off Coffs Harbour

THIS past week we had to endure some pretty average weather in the Nambucca Valley with persistent rain for a few days in a row.

Rain like we had will always give the river some colour and push some fish down in the system.

This was the case last week with the jewfish biting quite well. Fish are coming on plastics, hard lures and live or dead baits like mullet, tailor and squid and the size has been there with some fish topping 15kg and some even bigger winning their freedom.

As you will expect the rough weather has turned the tailor on really strong, and I have heard of tailor up to 6kg mixed in with schools of salmon.

Blackfish are arriving with an influx of older gentlemen mumbling about finding some good weed somewhere (don’t ask me).

While we have some artificial stuff we are not in the game when it comes to the real deal so I am afraid you are on your own.

If you decide to head up-river this week not all is lost as there should be some nice flathead up there as well as a few bass holding in some deeper holes in preparation for their spawning (remember, no keeping the bass – let them go back as soon as possible then you can catch them again when they are bigger).

Meanwhile, rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out this week.