Report 27/11/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
Post Reply
Nicole Penfold
Admin
Posts: 2896
Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:08 pm
Contact:

Report 27/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:40 pm

Recent weeks have seen more red weed around our coastline than we have seen in quite a few years. While the unseasonal westerly winds have kept the bulk of the weed offshore, it is evident even quite a few kilometres out to sea which is not what we want to see. To date it is has only been of nuisance value, however in years past it has proven to be a real scourge for coastal angling, often hanging around for months. Fingers crossed the ocean currents move the bulk of it along before the summer nor easters pack it in against the coastline once again.

In the estuaries, flathead remain terrific with most parts of the Hastings, and Lake Cathie fishing extremely well. I know I say this most weeks, but we really have an excellent year round flathead fishery locally, particularly throughout the Hastings and its tributaries. This improvement has been evident for a number of years now, pretty well since the Hastings was decreed a Recreational Fishing Area some time ago. Irrespective of your views on this subject, the improvement, is irrefutable. Also in the Hastings, mulloway remain consistent, with both break walls producing a steady stream of fish to around 15 kilos on both baits and lures. A few school sized models have also been active further up river on soft vibes and plastics. Whiting have also been improving, with Limeburners, the back channel and Blackmans Point well worth a look. Blackfish on the other hand have been a little elusive, much to the dismay of the local misanthropes. A similar story on the crabbing scene, with decent muddies far harder to locate than over recent months. Hopefully this will change in time for Xmas seafood feasts.

Off the beaches, the recent full moon phase saw a continuation of the consistent mulloway action despite red weed being a hindrance in many parts. North beach again produced school sized fish to around 8 kilos, while south beach at Dunbogan gave up a couple of much better fish. Day time reports indicate a few bream and whiting off Lighthouse, with the occasional tailor during evening sessions.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers are only reasonable with the better reports coming from south of town. The southern headlands have also held a sprinkling of drummer and blackfish, while Plomer has produced a few reasonable bream at first light.

Offshore, the past week has seen a tract of cool 18 degree water eddying off our coastline which has seen the action slow. Mahi mahi have temporarily deserted the FAD, however this will no doubt change when the next push of warm water comes down. Marlin have also been unco-operative although there was a nice yellowfin tuna caught wide of Port last weekend. On the bottom, reef fish have generally been a little quieter courtesy of the cool water, however a few snapper were found in 70m off the lighthouse, and on the close in reefs off Bonny Hills.


Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie
jas.ned@bigpond.com

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests