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Report 8/5/18

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 4:48 pm
by Nicole Penfold
With the weather over the past week simply sensational, it looks as if this weekend will see our first really cool change of the year. While some may not look forward to this, from an angling perspective it is just what the doctor ordered to kick start of Autumn fishing season.

In the estuary, bream numbers have picked up noticeably with some solid evening catches over the past week. Yabbies, chicken gut and mullet gut have all proven successful, with the break walls and Limeburners well worth a look. This action should further improve further over the coming weeks as the water begin to cool. On the flattie front, there are still some nice lizards on offer from around Blackmans Point and Rawdon Island, with either whitebait or soft vibe style lures proving particularly effective. For blackfish enthusiasts, the action is slowly beginning to pick up, although there are plenty of undersized models in between the better fish. As with the bream, look for a significant improvement in the coming weeks. On the mulloway front, while a few school sized fish have been taken up river around the highway bridges and Rawdon Island, with plenty of mullet in the lower reaches ready to head to sea, there are sure to be some bigger models shadowing them.

Off the beaches, tailor have been consistent with the odd greenback among solid numbers of fish in the chopper class. Lighthouse in particular has been fishing well, although North Beach and the beaches around Laurieton have also yielded good results. On the bream front, a few quality fish are about, although their winter run has really yet to commence. Look for a noticeable improvement once the mullet begin to travel locally. This will also not go unnoticed by the mulloway population for those keen on targeting a fish above standard school size. If you can locate where these schools hold up overnight on their travels, you can bet the predators won’t be too far away.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality remain terrific as they have been for some time now. All headlands are worth a look with either pilchards to metal lures. Drummer numbers are also terrific, with Plomer, Crescent Head and around the Lighthouse locally all worth prospecting. Large prawns, cunjevoi and plenty of burley will be keys to success. Plenty of blackfish also in the washes for those keen to float a bit of cabbage.

Offshore, pelagic reports have been terrific. Barries Bay has been on fire, with plenty of spanish mackeral along with a few spotted mackeral, cobia and longtail tuna. As is often the case, sharks are also present in big numbers with getting your fish to the boat intact somewhat of a lottery. Wider out, the FAD is holding good numbers of mahi mahi, including some terrific fish in excess of 10 kilos. For those content to fish the bottom, snapper and pearl perch numbers are encouraging both off Port and Plomer.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie