Report 16/10/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 16/10/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:09 pm

Conditions over the last week have not been overly pleasant from an angling perspective, although at least we are finally getting a little consistent rainfall which is certainly most welcome.

In the estuaries, we continue to receive numerous reports of good flathead catches taken from many locations in the Hastings ranging from the break walls to Wauchope. Whilst there have been plenty of good quality fish of around 1 to 2 kilos being taken, there has also been stacks of juvenile fish also on the chew. Bream numbers remain reasonable especially upstream, with lures achieving the better results of late. On the blackfish front, the south wall has been fishing quite well, with some nice fish to around a kilo taking both bull weed and cabbage. On the whiting scene, we are seeing a gradual improvement in quantity and quality, and this trend should continue as summer draws nearer. Blackmans Point and Lake Cathie are both worth prospecting.

On the Lake Cathie front, the volume of sand pushed into the system over recent weeks has finally overwhelmed the entrance, with the lake now basically shut apart from the odd surge from ocean coming in around high tide. Despite this, there are still plenty of angling options, with just a slight change of tactics all that is required to enjoy great flathead and whiting action in particular.

Off the beaches, results have few and far between as you would expect given the big seas and constant on shore winds. When conditions settle, bream and whiting should be viable targets from the shallow sand spits using either beach worms or pipis, while the deeper sections should still hold a few tailor and salmon, with either lures or pilchards the go.

On the rocks, once again conditions have not been helpful however there have been a few bream and blackfish from the more protected locations around Plomer. The high ledges at lighthouse are also worth a look for tailor at first light.

Offshore, unfortunately it’s that time of year where the wind just seems to blow constantly. Just what direction it comes from is the only variable. Hopefully, our usual summer nor east pattern will begin to kick in over next few weeks, which generally allows for at least a few hours in the morning before the wind gets up. Reef fishing for snapper, pearl perch, teraglin and kingfish should remain viable, while the pelagic scene should begin to fire up. We are already hearing a few marlin reports from wider out, while NSW Fisheries FAD should hopefully begin to hold mahi mahi in the very short term.


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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