Report 11/5/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 11/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:48 am

Although this part of mid north coast managed to dodge the worst of the weather over the past week, we still received enough rainfall to add a small fresh to the estuary and just enough on shore breeze to make coastal angling challenging. All part of the winter angling scene I suppose.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers have improved dramatically with both main break walls, the coal wall and the back channel all producing nice fish. Greenweed, weed flies and sea cabbage have all proven successful. Lake Cathie has also produced some terrific blackfish to over a kilo. Bream numbers too have picked up a little with some nice fish moving into the lower reaches. With a bit of colour added to the system, the bream have fed a little more freely, particularly during day time sessions. Mullet fillets and mullet gut have been the baits of choice. This fresh has also seen a spike in mulloway activity, with the break walls seeing a few nice fish taken on both live baits and hard bodied lures. Further upstream, good numbers of flathead are still on offer, with both mullet strips and yabbies achieving the better results from a bait perspective, whilst lure enthusiasts too are enjoying continued success. The keen crabbers are still reporting plenty of very well conditioned muddies, and as is often the case, the best catches for the season are often in the lead up to winter.

On the beaches, limited opportunities have existed of late courtesy of the on shore winds and swell. However those keen to fish the more protected corners have been rewarded a few solid bream together with tailor to around 2 kilos. Before the bad weather set in, mulloway numbers were most promising from both North beach and Lighthouse, with fish over 10 kilos taken on both worms and tailor. Look for this species to be particularly active over the next month or so, which is to be expected with plenty of food for them along our coastline at present. Find the bait and focus your efforts at that location particularly around high tide, and last light, for the better results.

Off the rocks, as expected the swells have limited opportunities significantly, with the more sheltered locations the places to fish. Bream numbers have been reasonable and should only improve over the coming weeks. Drummer numbers too have improved considerably, with areas around Point Perpendicular, Big Hill to the north and Shelley’s locally all producing fish. On the tailor front, there are still plenty of fish about on most headlands, including some solid greenbacks well over 2 kilos.

On the outside front, opportunities have naturally been limited apart from a brief window of opportunity early in the week. Those who ventured out report only mixed results with a few reasonable snapper taken close in off Lighthouse. Hopefully this latest stir will see the winter inshore snapper season really take off.

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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