Report 18/4/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 18/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:21 pm

After enjoying a fantastic Easter long weekend which saw sublime weather and plenty of great angling, ANZAC day is nearly upon us which usually signifies the commencement of the spawning runs of several of our bread and butter species. The next few weeks and months often provide some of the best angling of the year, with something on offer for everyone no matter where your angling passion lies.

In the estuary, bream and tarwhine numbers are both excellent in lower reaches, with good results achieved during evening sessions. Flathead remain a viable option at most points downstream of Rawdon Island, with lures and whitebait both working well. A similar story on the whiting front, with Big Bay and Blackmans Point still producing some top quality fish on either yabbies or beach worms despite the river still yet to fully clean up. On the blackfish front, the break walls are producing a few fish on either cabbage or weed flies. Those chasing mulloway have also been well rewarded, with the North Wall producing a few school sized fish, while those throwing lures around the Dennis Bridge have also enjoyed moderate success. With plenty of mullet beginning to assemble in the lower reaches, no doubt the better quality mulloway will not be far away. No prizes for guessing the bait of choice.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality are improving with the Lighthouse and Point Plomer proving consistent, while the odd solid bream has also been on offer. With quite a few ledges well washed out by the recent big seas, a few nice drummer have shown up nice and early which bodes well for the season ahead. Still the odd longtail tuna about, with those putting in the time snaring the odd fish. Hat Head, Hungry Head and Point Perpendicular remain the most viable options.

On the beaches, tailor have been excellent with Lighthouse locally fishing very well indeed. With the tailor chasing small baitfish, small metals have seen the better results. Bream to have been consistent, with Lighthouse and North Beach both productive. The better tides commencing early next week should see results pick up even further. These tides should also prove ideal for school mulloway, with North beach certainly worth prospecting. For day time anglers, whiting remain in reasonable numbers, with the northern section of Lighthouse or in front of Lake Cathie both fishing well.

Offshore, despite the Easter break starting off with a fair bit of unpredicted swell, as conditions abated plenty put to sea and generally enjoyed good results. On the pelagic front, a few Spanish mackerel were still on offer close in, the FAD produced mahi mahi, while wider a few sensational blue marlin were encountered. On the bottom fishing front, the reefs in 50 meters off Plomer yielded snapper and pearl perch, along with a few teraglin and kingfish. The close in reefs off Lighthouse Beach also saw a few snapper taken on soft plastics.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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