No matter what sort of fishing you love, you’re in with a good chance of catching the “big one” while you’re here. With beach, rock, reef, deep sea, river and estuary fishing all at your doorstep it’s easy to see why the Macleay Valley Coast is a fisherman’s dream come true.
What’s biting? Snapper, Jewfish, Morwong, Pearl Perch, Trevally, Teraglin, Pig Fish, Tailor, Flathead, Cobia, Dolphin Fish and the popular Harpuka Cod are here all year round. Spotted Mackerel can be caught from December to May and Spanish Mackerel from late January to early April. Pursue the mighty Marlin during January and February if you’re game.
From the beach, nab Bream, Tarwhine, Jewfish, Flathead, Whiting, Mullet, Tailor and Dart. Many of these fish, as well as Drummer, can also be caught from the headlands and rocky outcrops along the coast.
The river, estuaries and back waters offer Blackfish, Bream, Whiting, Tailor, Mullet, Flathead, and Jewfish caught downstream of Kempsey. The upper Macleay River is recognised as one of the last strongholds of the Australian Bass (or “perch”) in New South Wales and excellent catches can be expected from October to April.