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Report 5/2/19

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:59 pm
by Nicole Penfold
The past week or so has seen a continuation of some excellent summer angling, despite the red weed remaining a major issue along our coastline and throughout the lower estuary. What would we give for a decent fresh any time soon.

In the estuary, flathead and whiting numbers remain consistent with good numbers of both species right throughout the system. Flathead remain responsive to both lures and baits, with whitebait and live poddies if you can find them both seeing good results. The lower reaches around Limeburners are well worth a look, as to the Maria, around Rawdon Island and throughout Lake Cathie despite the low water level. Best of the whiting action has been in the lower part of the Maria, with worms, yabbies and of course surface lures all working well. A few nice trevally are also in the vicinity, with surface lures or shallow running minnows both worth throwing for these feisty sportfish. On the bream front, best results continue to come from up river on surface lures, however big bay is worth a look with either yabbies or gut baits. Mulloway action however has been a little quiet apart from a few school sized fish up towards Wauchope. On the crab front, a few nice blue swimmers have been of offer around big bay, Hibbard and the back channel, whilst muddies have been quite co operative further upstream.

Of the beaches, red weed and cool water remain the primary issues. Your best bet is to check each beach on a daily basis as the weed is at the whim of the winds and currents, and conditions can change noticeably each day. On the positive side, there have been reasonable numbers of bream with the odd quality fish to around a kilo thrown in. In addition to bream, some good sized whiting continue to be on offer, although there are plenty of throwbacks among them. Lighthouse has also held a few tailor if you find some clean water.

Off the rocks, results have been subdued and will likely stay that way until the warmer currents come back in. Of the limited reports of late, Diamond Head has held a few tailor, while Plomer is worth a look for blackfish. No news as yet on the pelagic front, however this could change if we ever get an offshore wind change for a couple of days or more.

On the offshore front, results continue to be a little mixed courtesy of variable currents and cold water close in. Reports from Barries Bay suggest the water is around 16 degrees and green, not what the mackerel enthusiasts are after. The water around South West rocks however has been a little better with the odd mackerel and cobia taken. On the bottom fishing front, Fish Port Macquarie Charters has been scoring good numbers of snapper and pearl perch in around 70m when the current is reasonable. A few teraglin, pigfish and early season leather jackets have also been on offer.

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