At Wildside Sportfishing we target a wide variety of species depending on
the season, conditions and client requests
Many people ask what types of fish you can catch on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Below are the most popular and sought after, that we often hunt on our fishing charters.
Black Marlin juveniles range between 20kg and 60kg make a run along our coastline in great numbers in December each year, peaking in the middle of summer. On good days they can be found in extremely shallow clear water close to the rocks and bays, giving anglers a memorable fight and experience.
Blue Marlin are true ocean wanderers, and probably the craziest fish in the ocean once hooked. Their insane runs along the surface jumping and greyhounding create a mass of thrashing foam and white water that no angler will ever forget. To target takes commitment and long hours of wait time, but for those keen the rewards are BIG.
Cobia or ‘black kingfish’ are one strange critter! They aren’t fussy eaters and will munch most things, including crabs, and can be found from way up the river and estuary to offshore reefs and wrecks during warmer months. Quite often found swimming alongside large rays and sharks, they grow to massive sizes in their own right
Flathead are of one species or another are caught in virtually every habitat we fish. ‘Duskies’ as they are known live in the Macleay River and grow over a meter in length. Sand flatties and blue spotted are out on the flat bottom and rubble. Marbled and armour headed around the reef edges and tigers in the deep. They’re all yummy!
Striped Marlin start to frequent our offshore grounds from around 80 meters to 300 meters deep during late winter and throughout spring time. They hunt the masses of large slimy mackerel that school up over this period, and can also be found chasing sauries on the surface.
Wahoo as the name suggests are truly crazy. The first run is like hooking your line to a jet ski, and the direction changes during the fight cause most anglers to loose contact, and often loose the fish. Similar looking to a mackerel but with a sharper snout, sharper teeth and thick vertical blue zebra stripes.
Yellowfin Tuna have bounced back somewhat along the east coast in recent years. The large models are primarily targeted in South West Rocks during cooler months, whilst the small “jelly been” sized fish (3 to 15kg) are prolific inshore during summer and autumn when the water is clean.
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