Anglers in the Sydney region are very fortunate to have a great array of fish species to target. There are different target fish all year round, and although the natural tendency is for the fishing to slow down both in numbers and species as winter approaches, a change of tactics and species can bring the versatile fisherman good rewards.

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Photo is of thick bubbly green algae collected from South Curl Curl rocks

Luderick, or blackfish as they are often known, are one of the most abundant slow season fish. They are fun to catch, challenging and good table fish. They are also easy to catch and the gear required simple and inexpensive. Big talk considering all of the words penned about blackfish over the years, but nevertheless, the point of this article.

I'm fortunate to have visited and fished at many places around Australia. Everyone has their favourite place, a place where they feel most at home, most a part of. For me that place is Yamba. It has a bit of everything, a family connection, great fishing, great beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, a great climate and probably one of the best located pubs in Australia.

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Photo is of Yamba Main Beach taken from below the lighthouse

The fishing is generally excellent. Bread and butter species such as whiting, bream, flathead and blue crabs are very common. In the river, those that target them can catch good jewfish, bass and even mangrove jacks. There is also a very healthy offshore fishery with snapper and pearl perch for the bottom fishos and tuna and both spottie and spanish mackeral for the surface fishos. I love fishing for many of these species, but for me Yamba will always make me think of the humble blackfish.