Serving holidaymakers from Sydney to Newcastle, the Tuggerah Lakes and
Central Coast region of New South Wales is a mecca for tourists all year
round but especially during the summer holiday period from December to
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All the top angling species can be taken from the lakes and
along the surfing beaches. Night prawning rivals fishing as a favourite
holiday activity. Big hauls are taken from the rich sandflats in the
estuary and drag netting at Long Jetty and Canton Beach has landed
The channel where the lakes empty into the sea is an excellent spot
for flathead, bream, whiting and blackfish most of the year. From
November to March, whiting are taken in the shallows below the bridge.
The main entrance is also a very good prawning ground in summer. Drag
nets are prohibited in this location but good catches can be made with a
Entrance North Beach
Surf fishing is excellent along this 10km stretch of beach. Between
November and April it is a renowned 'hot spot' for large jewfish.
Whiting are taken in the summer and tailor between March and July.
Drag nets are allowed at this location and have yielded spectacular
hauls of prawns during summer. Best catches have been recorded when a
southerly wind is blowing. The area where the water deepens at the end
of the jetty is the best spot to try.
Drifting for flathead and whiting is popular although most of the
fish taken are bream. Best catches are taken during winter and at night.
Tailor are often taken on lures but are usually small.
A warm water outlet which enters the lake from the power station is a
'hot spot' for bream. The channel at the top end of the lake is a great
place for luderick. However, a boat is needed to reach the prime spots.
A productive spot for rock fishermen. At high tide the seaward side
of the reef is a good place to try for rock blackfish. The narrow
gutters in the area are 'hot spots' for bream. Tailor can be taken in
The rocks will yield drummer, salmon, jewfish, tailor and
occasionally snapper. A local 'hot spot' for big specimens, especially
during a southerly wind is the low rock platform on the northeast corner
of the headland.
The channel is a top flathead location during summer and will yield
bream and luderick in winter. The bridge is a prime spot for anglers and
Canton Beach is an excellent prawning ground.
The Skillion is a great spot for capturing big fish both with lures
and live bait. Kingfish, tuna and snapper are taken here, as well as
tailor during the season. Nearby stretches of surf at Avoca, Kilcare and
Forresters Beach will yield snapper, jewfish, kingfish and tailor.
This stretch of beach is famous for big catches of bonito, tailor,
kingfish and tuna. Live baiting for big jewfish is also popular.
Luderick can be caught in large numbers at certain times of the year.
The many weed flats in the region also give shelter to garfish. More
open waters will yield flathead and flounder.
Local knowledge is important in this large expanse of water. During
the summer months there are large quantities of bream, whiting,
flathead, flounder, garfish and tarwhine taken by boat anglers.