Usually when writing this column I try and put a positive light on things, recommending with enthusiasm any angling opportunities irrespective of weather conditions or other external factors.
This week however, it is difficult to convey such positivity in light of recent flooding.
No doubt all readers would have seen reports showing the extent of devastation suffered not only in the Hastings, Camden Haven and Macleay catchments, but along the majority of the eastern seaboard.
Not only has there been significant damage to people's residences and businesses, the loss of livestock, pets and belongings is on a level we are now only just trying to comprehend.
Add to this the significant destruction of infrastructure along our roads and waterways, and you start to realise the magnitude of what lies ahead.
The amount of summer rainfall along the coastline had already saturated the earth, including three minor flood events locally since Christmas.
So when every part of every catchment copped sustained downpours in consecutive days the cumulative effect of all tributaries flooding at once was far more than the landscape could handle.
On positive to come from all of this is the number of ordinary folk assisting others in their time of need.
They have provided crucial assistance, using their vehicles, vessels, heavy machinery or just their time where possible, to save lives and provide those stranded with essential supplies.
I won't name them for fear of missing anyone, but many are part of the angling community and who I am proud to call friends.
In addition, the tireless efforts of all emergency personal involving many, many departments is something we are must be truly thankful for.
As for angling well, as you would appreciate, options will be somewhat limited for a little while.
No doubt the mulloway enthusiasts will be prospecting the breakwalls with lures now that conditions have begun to settle somewhat.
Bream should also be around the walls in good numbers, particularly once a bit of cleaner ocean water begins to push back in.
Rock fishing is likely to be on the poor side until the waters begin to clear, while beach fishos will likely have to contend with significant erosion and lack of formation for some time yet.
And finally for those contemplating offshore expeditions when the seas settle, be mindful of the potential for navigation hazards, as the number of dead livestock, trees, structures and debris now in the ocean is significant.
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