Report 10/2/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 10/2/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:02 pm

Out wide around the FAD and the wave recorder there have been heaps of dollies. They're not big, at around 60-65cm, but still good fun. If you use slugs, smaller trolled minnows or small skirts you'll catch them.

Everyone is hunting mackerel at the moment. However, only a few people have found them; the water has gone green so the macks are patchy. If you can find the bluewater edge and a couple of bait schools you're in with a shot, but they're thin on the ground.

There haven't been many snapper reports because everyone is so focussed on mackerel. Still, if you fish the blue-green edges on deeper reefs you'll probably find a few snapper -- and with the swell we've had you might find a few closer in shore.

Off the rocks been good catches of big slimies, bonito and some good-size tailor. The tailor aren't in big numbers but they are big fish at around the 3kg mark. They're taking smaller metal slugs around 10-20g.

Off the beaches, good catches have been a bit sparse. Some bream, dart and whiting are being caught on bait, but nothing to write home about. There's the occasional jew, but not a lot. With this swell that's blown up I'd expect a few more jew to pop up, as it stirs them up a bit.

Up the creeks there are still good catches of mangrove jacks, which have been pretty consisted all over the Coffs Coast. You just need to find the right snag and use red diving minnows, surface lures or live bait.

A few flathead and bream are around. The surface fishing for whiting and trevally has been pretty good too; there are good catches being made on clear surface poppers around the flats.

If you head right up into the fresh, the bass fishing has been pretty good in most places. They've been taking Jitterbugs, surface lures, cicada lures and little diving beetlespins with grub style plastics. A few specimens have reached the 50cm mark. Instagram has gone nuts!

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