Report 22/5/18

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Report 22/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed May 23, 2018 2:19 pm

Although the temperature may be cooling, the same cannot be said for the angling throughout our local area. This is simply a great time of year to wet a line with plenty of action to be enjoyed from the upper reaches to well out to sea. Simple don a bit of warmer attire and enjoy the many options available over the coming weeks.

In the estuary, bream numbers are improving and should continue to do so over the coming weeks with quite often the best action of year seen after the full moon in May. Best results have been achieved during evening sessions, with gut baits or yabbies achieving the better results. Flathead numbers remain excellent, with quality fish on offer from all point between Wauchope and the walls. Whitebait and soft vibes have produced the better results. Blackfish numbers are only reasonable at present, with plenty of throwbacks among the better quality fish. This however should improve markedly over the coming weeks when some of the big schools of bronzies hanging around the headlands move into the estuaries and begin feeding. There a few solid mulloway also hanging around the lower reaches, with live mullet or large hard bodied lures both worth throwing.

On the beaches, the pulse of swell we have seen over the past week is most unwelcome. Not only has this made fishing the more exposed sections challenging at best, but it has flattened many existing formations. Of the few reports to come in, North beach has still produced some nice bream, while around Lake Cathie and South Beach at Dunbogan have enjoyed the better of the tailor action. Hopefully the swell will back down this weekend, as this tide and moon phase is one of the premier times of the year for chasing a better than average mulloway.

Off the rocks, tailor remain solid, with Lighthouse locally and Point Perpendicular both giving up some nice fish. Point Perpendicular has also fished well for bream and blackfish, while a few nice drummer were encountered around Plomer and Crescent Head. For the land based game enthusiasts, there are still enough long tail tuna about to reward the patience.

On the offshore scene, this past week has seen somewhat mixed results. The close in pelagic scene has slowed courtesy of some cooler green water moving in. As such, mackeral were scarce however the odd cobia and longtail tuna were caught. While some are suggesting mackeral season may be over, I reckon there will be a few fish hanging around for few weeks yet. On the snapper front, there have been some sensational fish about, highlighted by Carew Dickinson’s 11.05kg monster that will take some beating this year. Also on offer off the bottom have been mulloway and teraglin off Plomer, while some nice pearl perch were taken in front of Port. Wider out, the FAD still has a few mahi mahi, while at least one striped marlin was taken caught last weekend.

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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