Report 29/5/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 29/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed May 30, 2018 9:03 am

Winter 2018 has now officially arrived and with it some sensational angling opportunities. Time to rug up and enjoy some of the best action of the year if you are not already doing do.

Reports from the estuaries indicate there are excellent numbers of bream in the lower reaches. Night time anglers have enjoyed particular success with mullet strips and gut baits, while during the day soft vibes in a whitebait colour have proven deadly. Limeburners, the coal wall and both of the break walls are all well worth a look. Blackfish numbers and quality have also improved, with some terrific fish taken from the break walls and Lady Nelson Wharf. Greenweed has been the premier offering, however cabbage and weed flies have also enjoyed success. Elsewhere in the estuary, flathead continue to be well worth chasing, while the odd reasonable mulloway is still harassing the mullet in the lower reaches.

Off the beaches, the next month should see the best bream action of the year, with some encouraging reports over the past week. Quite often the full moon in May signifies the commencement of the bream run along our coastline and this year appears no different. Fresh mullet strip and pipis will both prove premier offerings. Also on offer off the sand are tailor, with some reasonable reports from Lighthouse and further south. Mulloway will also be worth targeting as long as conditions settle to a more fishable level.

Off the rocks, tailor catches remain consistent, with Point Plomer, Hat Head and around Lighthouse locally all fishing well. Bream numbers have also picked up, and should further do so as the recent full moon begins to wane. Also encouraging are increasing reports of drummer, with this action likely to further gain momentum in line with the water continuing to cool. Hopefully the big seas forecast for this weekend have the desired effect of clearing out a bit of sand build up around our headlands opening up a few more historically productive locations.

Offshore, despite this weekend looking like a write off, some terrific action has been enjoyed by those getting out. Snapper remain excellent close in, with reds to well over 8 kilos taken over the past week. Soft plastics have been a particularly effective approach, with all reefs worth prospecting. They key seems to find the bait, and the fish will not be far away. There have also been a few late season mackeral in Barries Bay, along with cobia and long tail tuna. The FAD is also still holding mahi mahi, although is due for its annual removal in the very near future.

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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