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Report 9/10/18

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:20 pm
by Nicole Penfold
After a couple of sublime days to kick off the week, normal service has resumed with plenty of wind just in time for the weekend. At least we are forecast to get a bit more much welcome rain, so fingers crossed this indeed eventuates.

In the estuary, flathead remain the star attraction with quality fish on offer from most parts. Good catches are now coming from areas further upstream, with the Maria and around Rawdon Island fishing quite well on both lures and whitebait, whilst a few big females are becoming active in the lower reaches. Bream numbers remain steady at best, although the odd solid fish to around a kilo has been taken off the south wall. A similar story on the blackfish front, with results patchy and the wall as good as anywhere. On the mulloway front, there are a few fish about with the odd solid model to around 15 kilos taken on live bait in the lower reaches, while the upstream haunts have seen a few school sized fish taking lures worked in the right locations at the right times. For crabbing enthusiasts, muddie numbers are picking up almost daily so now is definitely time to dust off the traps and dillies if you haven’t already done so. Reports have varied with some getting large extremely full crabs, and others only small models lacking any condition.

Off the beaches, Lighthouse has held reasonable numbers of salmon, with the northern section fishing well. The very southern end has held a few bream and nice whiting. Tailor however have gone AWOL locally, however Crescent head is reported to be holding a few nice choppers.

Off the rocks, still a few drummer on offer however the action has now begun to slow as expected. Best results of late have again come from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular. Tailor remain reasonable with dawn sessions the most productive. Lighthouse locally is as reliable as anywhere. Still a few bream and blackfish in the washes around Plomer, whilst Point Perpendicular remains worth prospecting if groper are your target.

Outside reports have been a little on the slow side with the combination of poor conditions most days and plenty of current on others making conditions somewhat challenging. At least the cool green water seems to have moved away for the time being and fingers crossed, the next lot of nor eaters doesn’t bring more back in. Of the limited reports, snapper, pearl perch and the occasional kingfish have been on the reefs off Plomer, while some nice flathead to around 50cm have been in 55m east of the bar.

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