Report 25/9/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 25/9/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:19 am

Despite this time of year being renowned for mixed results on the angling scene, results over the past week have been quite encouraging.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers are down a little although the break walls are still producing a few fish on a semi regular basis. Bream have also been a little shy and given the current full moon phase, will most likely remain so until next week. On the positive side however, flathead numbers continue to improve with pretty well all areas downstream of Wauchope producing fish. Lake Cathie is also holding reasonable numbers with the area around the Perch Hole fishing best. As usual, whitebait is by far the morsel of choice for those content to drift baits, while those throwing lures are enjoying great results on most profiles. On the whiting front, results are improving with a few reasonable fish being taken on both worms and surface lures. The lower reaches of the Hastings and Lake Cathie are both worth prospecting.

On the beaches, the cool water hugging our coastline at present has slowed the action as it usually does at this time of year. The odd bream and tailor has been taken from both Lighthouse and the beaches around Laurieton, while the tides this weekend are terrific for chasing mulloway on and after dark. Just be mindful the new bag limit of one fish is now in force.

On the rocks, drummer numbers remain reasonable with Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head both continuing to yield fish. With the water temperature still quite cool, you should be able to confidently chase this species for a few more weeks yet. Also off the rocks, a few tailor remain active for those keen to rise well before 5.00 am or fish the evening session. Still plenty of good sized groper around to, as long as the seas lay down to a level suitable to safely fish the more exposed and deeper ledges.

On the offshore scene, results have been a little subdued although there are still a few nice snapper close in off both Lighthouse and Plomer. On the positive side however, NSW Fisheries have re deployed their Fish Aggregation Device (FAD) in the same location as in past years. GPS co ordinates are 31.24.567 S - 152.04.725 E. As in past years, please observe FAD regulations by NOT tying up under any circumstances, and remember you do not need to fish within inches of the FAD in order to benefit from its presence. The amount of terminal tackle recovered from the rope each year when the FAD is removed for maintenance is quite staggering.

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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