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Getting Reel on the Macleay Valley Coast

Andrew Trappel | South West Rocks

South West Rocks local and owner of The Rocks Fishing Charters, Andrew Trappel is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fishing on the Macleay Valley Coast.

Here are his tips for those who are ready to give fishing a go:

1. If you’re a beginner, hopping on a charter boat can be a great introduction to some of the best fishing spots

If you’re a beginner, hopping on a charter boat can be a great introduction to some of the best fishing spots in local rivers or outside in the ocean. A river charter is a good option for people who aren’t comfortable out at sea. Otherwise, the easiest spots for fishing are the breakwalls in South West Rocks, Crescent Head and Hat Head.

2. One of the best things about fishing on the Macleay Valley Coast is the huge variety of fish species we have here

One of the best things about fishing on the Macleay Valley Coast is the huge variety of fish species we have here – from freshwater to saltwater. You can catch a bass up-river from Kempsey and, only 30 minutes away in South West Rocks, you can catch a huge marlin. We’re pretty spoilt.

3. My most memorable fishing experiences always involve seeing whales

My most memorable fishing experiences always involve seeing whales. Sometimes, they surround our boat and won’t leave us alone! It’s absolutely magic. The time I caught a 150kg marlin is also up there as one of my best experiences.

4. If you’re fishing in our beautiful waterways, please make sure you pick up your rubbish

If you’re fishing in our beautiful waterways, please make sure you pick up your rubbish, especially plastic bait bags and containers. Also, don’t break trees to get to fishing spots, just step around them.

5. My favourite local fish to eat are snapper & pearl perch

My favourite local fish to eat are snapper and pearl perch. I just pan fry them with a bit of butter – simple and delicious!

6. If you’re into spear fishing, try going for jewfish & dolphin fish around Hat Head & Point Plomer

If you’re into spear fishing, try going for jewfish and dolphin fish around Hat Head and Point Plomer. There are many protected places where spear fishing is prohibited, so make sure you check before heading out.

7. If you need help or advice, drop into to a bait & tackle shop, or dive centre or call us!

If you need help or advice, drop into to a bait and tackle shop, or dive centre or call us! We’re always happy to help out with any questions people have. When it comes to gear, all you really need to get started in a rod and reel and you’re good to go.

8. For families with young kids who want to try fishing, I’d suggest starting out at Korogoro Creek

For families with young kids who want to try fishing, I’d suggest starting out at Korogoro Creek in Hat Head or near the boat ramp at South West Rocks. Both include sandy spots where little kids can play and swim safely.

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