Report 5/9/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 5/9/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:36 am

It’s not hard to tell spring has arrived on the mid north coast. The temperature is on the rise and the wind just wants to blow, albeit from most points of the compass. Despite this, some great angling is on offer for those prepared to get out and on the water.

In the estuary, flathead remain terrific as they have pretty well all winter. Once again soft vibes have dominated the better catches, although whitebait and mullet strips have also seen some success. Bream numbers surprisingly are above average for this time of year and there are still some quality fish amongst them. Best results have been achieved by those fishing the darker hours up Limeburners and around Rawdon Island with either yabbies or gut baits. On the mulloway front, the good tides of late have seen a spike in both angler and fish activity. The south wall has again fished well, with one fish of 25 kilos being taken together with a few other better than average fish. Large soft lures have been the winning offering. Upstream, lures have also been the downfall of several school sized models. A few reasonable whiting are also becoming more active, with Blackmans Point and of course Lake Cathie worth a look.

On the beaches, tailor numbers have been reasonable, although in general they remain a little hit and miss. Best results have come from around Diamond Head over the past week or so. Bream numbers and quality remain quite good with north beach and Lighthouse both producing fish. For those fishing the darker hours, school mulloway are still around in reasonable numbers, with live worms seeing the bulk of the action. While numbers may be down a little from that seen over recent months, the quality is up a little with most fish being well above the 70cm bracket.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers have been reasonable locally, although South West Rocks and a few other locations to the north have given up a terrific run of greenbacks to around 3 kilos. Pilchards and garfish have fished under a bobby cork after dark has been the premier method for these larger fish. On the drummer front, there are still quite a few pigs for the taking, both locally and around Hat Head. For those keen to really stretch their arms, groper numbers remain excellent from most headlands, as long as the swell lays down sufficiently to chase from the more exposed locations.

Offshore, the constant winds have seen only limited opportunities of late but those who have got out have generally been doing well. Snapper remain consistent with the reefs off Port and Plomer, particularly in the 40 to 60 meter depths. Pearl perch numbers have also been encouraging, while Trag rock and other wider reefs off Plomer have seen a sprinkling of teraglin, kingfish and school mulloway. Depending upon your perspective, leather jackets remain a pest or attraction on most wide grounds.

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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