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Report 7/5/19

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:52 am
by Nicole Penfold
To coin a phrase from a popular television series, Winter is coming. Jumpers and beanies are dragged out from storage, heaters are fireplaces are called into action, and the really keen anglers among us are now starting to fish in earnest. This is the point of the year many anglers look forward to like no other, with the annual mullet migration now underway. It’s definitely time to dust off the gear and rug up if you haven’t already done so.

In the estuary, bream numbers have picked up a little over the past week, particularly from around the break walls. Yabbies, mullet strips and gut baits have all proven effective. To date the average size is not spectacular, however the numbers are improving and should even further pick up following the upcoming full moon. Elsewhere in the estuaries, flathead remain consistent with the lower section of the Maria worth a look with either lures or whitebait. On the mulloway front, the north wall has seen a few solid fish encountered, while up river has been consistent for school sized fish. Reports from the Camden Haven area however remain most encouraging with the travelling mullet seeing a real spike in activity. Large hard bodied lures have been a winning offering. For blackfish enthusiasts, the break walls in Port are still fishing well, although the average size has been a little inconsistent.

Off the beaches, the cool offshore winds of late have seen most stretches of sand form up really well. As such, there are no shortage of holes, spits and gutters worthy of prospecting. Best results of late have come on the tailor front, with all beaches holding fish in varying numbers. North Beach has also produced a few bream and school mulloway on beach worms and pipis, while the southern end of Lighthouse is still worth a look for whiting.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers are consistent and bags have generally included a better class of fish than off the beaches. Point Plomer and Hat Head have been the pick of locations. Bream numbers too have been encouraging, and should pick up noticeably in the weeks ahead. Drummer and blackfish numbers are also steadily improving and should continue to do so as winter progresses and the water temperature begins to drop. For land based game enthusiasts, there are still plenty of longtail tuna about. If you wish to avoid possible congestion at the more renowned ledges, Nobby’s and the Lighthouse have both seen fish close in consistently over the past week.

On the offshore scene, little to report as you would expect given the restrictions of last weekend, however John from Ocean Star Charters reports snapper remain in good numbers, particularly on the reefs south of the Lighthouse. With the water now cooling to below 20 degrees, look for the snapper action to pick up noticeably in the weeks and months ahead. Along with the snapper, some nice pearl perch, pigfish and the odd teraglin have also been on offer.

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