Report 21/5/19

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Report 21/5/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed May 22, 2019 9:28 am

This last fortnight has seen the best stretch of weather in many months, with plenty of sun, little wind and calm seas. Enjoy this while it lasts, as we are due for a bit of the wintery stuff, and way overdue for some much needed decent rainfall.

On the beaches, fishing is steadily on the improve and the good news is that most beaches are holding a fair amount of formations, courtesy of a sustained period of quite calm seas. Tailor have been quite consistent with most stretches of sand producing fish both at first and last light. Bream have also picked up noticeably following the recent full moon, with Lighthouse in particular worth a look. Best results over the past week have been during evening sessions.

Off the rocks, tailor remain reasonable with Lighthouse and Shelleys locally giving up a few fish, however Point Plomer and Crescent Head have held some better quality fish around the 2 kilo mark. Night time anglers report increasing numbers of well conditioned bream, whilst the odd mulloway has been encountered, no doubt following either the mullet or tailor schools. On the drummer scene, early season results are encouraging with Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular worth a look. To date, most fish are in the under two kilo bracket, however as the waters cool, look for a few better fish to begin showing up.

In the estuary, bream numbers are improving and should continue to do so now the full moon is behind us. Evening sessions on the break walls, and in Limeburners could well prove productive. Flathead numbers remain excellent, with quality fish on offer from all point between Wauchope and the break walls. Whitebait and lures of most profiles have again been the premier offerings. Blackfish numbers are reasonable, although the bite and quality has been a little inconsistent. Perhaps the next batch of crook weather may see an improvement on this front. On the mulloway scene, there are still a few nice fish on offer throughout the lower reaches, with live mullet and large hard bodied lures both worth throwing. Up river, school sized fish are around the bridges, with live herring, soft plastics and soft vibes all working well.

On the offshore scene, the recent full phase produced mixed results as is usually the case. Pat from Fish Port Macquarie Charters has been putting his clients onto some nice mulloway during evening charters, whilst others scored a few snapper and teraglin again during evening trips. Day time anglers have also found a few snapper and pearl perch, with the reefs of Plomer producing the better overall results. There are still a few mahi mahi hanging around, although just bear in mind the annual winter removal of the NSW Fisheries FAD is imminent, so be quick to get the last action of the season. We have also a few early season signs of leatherjackets showing up, which is good news for some, and not so for others depending upon your perspective.


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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