Welcome to the New Year! Hopefully, we’re having a relaxing break away before getting back into the work year. To start it off, let’s have a look at some of our summer favourites that are readily available in our rivers at this time of year, and whereabouts in the Hastings Region you can encounter them.
These are a great summer fish and can be found on many of the shallow flats. To target these tasty sand whiting, there are a few techniques. For the bait fishos, pumping some nippers or acquiring live beach worms will be top choices – all you need is a light spin stick and about 6lb braid or mono. On the business end, add a little pea sized ball sinker running to a number four longshank. Cast these off the bank or drift them behind your boat for a great way to get amongst them.
For the fishos who like to throw lures, grab yourself a few poppers and cast away over the flats. This is great visual fun and extremely addictive. The areas that will see whiting most often will be in the Hastings River, Pelican Island and Blackmans Point, which is also great for pumping nippers. Lake Cathie to the south of the Port is a whiting hotspot. The sand flats in Camden Haven fire at this time of year.