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Report 30/4/19

Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 12:38 pm
by Nicole Penfold
This is the time of year that fires up local anglers like no other. Anzac Day has passed and the calendar has just ticked over to the renowned angling month of May. The annual spawning run of several coastal species is about to start, and you can almost sense the anticipation in the air as diehard winter anglers begin to dust off the gear in preparation for the next couple of months.

In the estuary, bream numbers remain quite solid around Rawdon Island and Wauchope. Hopefully the lower reaches will also pick up following the next cool change, or if it ever happens again, we get a fresh of sorts in the Hastings. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, with the better results of late coming from areas downstream of the Dennis Bridge. Lures and whitebait have both been effective. Still a few nice whiting about, with Limeburners and Blackmans Point both worth a look with either beach worms or yabbies. On the blackfish front, results continue to be encouraging for so early in the season, with the break walls, around Westport and Limeburners all worth a look. On the mulloway front, while a few fish have been found in the Hastings, reports from the Camden Haven have suggested the drive could be well worth the effort.

On the beaches, results have been a little subdued which is not uncommon just before mullet and bream begin to travel. In the interim, most beaches are holding reasonable numbers of tailor, some nice whiting and plenty of pesky dart. This should change over the coming weeks, especially on the mulloway front with this species renowned for shadowing the mullet along our coastline. Hopefully 2019 will not disappoint in this regard.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers to remain consistent with pretty well all locations fishing well. If you don’t wish to travel, Lighthouse at first light has been fishing as consistently as anywhere. Blackfish numbers also remain solid, with virtually any ledge worth a go, whilst bream numbers and quality are improving. We have also had a few very positive early season drummer reports which bodes well for the months ahead. From a land based game perspective, there are still plenty of longtail tuna and the occasional cobia hanging about. Given the high levels of baitfish and clear warm water hanging about, look for these fish to stay around for a while yet.

On the offshore scene, most reefs are fishing well for snapper, pearl perch and other reef species. Good reports have come from as close as 20m off Lighthouse beach out to around 80m off Plomer. Those fishing the FAD are still seeing a few mahi mahi, although expect them to taper over the coming weeks. Closer in, Spanish mackerel numbers remain largely disappointing locally with only the odd fish in Barries Bay and south of Port, together with the occasional spotted mackerel and cobia. If inshore pelagics are your scene, a trip north of Hat Head could well be worth the effort.


Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie
jas.ned@bigpond.com