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Forster-Tuncurry; Port Macquarie
These tourist resort centres are seated within easy reach of Sydney
on the northern coast of New South Wales. Both have an excellent
facilities for the holidaymaker fishermen .
The waterways of Wallis Lake offers excellent fishing and have made one
of the largest oyster-producing areas in the state (the Forster-Tuncurry
region). There are also some beaches for rock fishing and a prolific
grounds of prawn in the estuary. Locations described below include The
Step, The Stockyards, Bandicoot Island, Nine Mile Beach, Tuncurry, Cape
Hawke and Elizabeth and Shelley Beaches.
The centre of one popular holiday spots in the state is the Historic
Town of Port Macquarie. Fishermen are well catered for with top lake,
surf estuary and rock fishing which is readily available in this region.
Some of the best fishing regions are North Wall, Limebumers Creek,
Hastings River, Pelican Island, Point Plomer and Lake Cathie.
This drop-off area in the main estuary channel is a known location
for flathead. Bream can also be spotted at any time of the year. The
peak season is between April and May.
This location around the Forster-Tuncurry Bridge is a good location
to take blackfish. Catches of 50 fish or more are not uncommon during
Most of the fishing in this area is done from the breakwater which
hauls bream, flathead and tailor. This is also a popular spot when the
mullet run is on. The Nine Mile Beach offers a superb surf fishing.
This island is surrounded with sand spits and channels, an abundant
spot for flathead and whiting. The islands also have plentiful prawning
grounds during summer months.
Nine Mile Beach
Towards north from Tuncurry to Black Head, this beach yields well for
whiting and flathead from November to March. Tailor and bream are taken
This area is known for big specimens. Rock blackfish can be found in
the gutters on the south side of the headland. Large jewfish and
kingfish are also good catches from the rocks.
Elizabeth and Shelley Beaches
Tailor, salmon and jewfish can be taken from the rocks, most
especially during a strong southerly blow.
North Wall, Port Macquarie
The northern part of the seawall is a god spot for tailor on the
incoming tide and is a favorite shelter for jewfish on the run-out tide
The mouth of the river is the best spot, especially in autumn and
winter. On the ebb-tide bream and luderick are caught, while tailor on
the rising tide.
The extensive sandflats in this area make it a good spot to take
whiting and flathead in summer.
Boat anglers can yield luderick and bream in the channel. Further
upstream, the Hibbard Shore is a good spot for bream and flathead.
Snapper can be sought in the reefs off this location. Small marlin
have also taken out from the northern beach close to Point Plomer.
Is located in the south of Port Macquarie, this estuary yields best
when the lake opens to the sea after a closed period. Luderick are
caught in big hauls during these conditions.