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Report 14/5/19

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:32 pm
by Nicole Penfold
This is simply a great time to wet a line on the mid north coast. With the weather sublime and plenty of angling options everywhere from the very upper reaches of the salt, out to the edge of the continental shelf, we are simply spoilt for choice.

In the estuaries, bream numbers and quality have started to pick up and should further do so following this full moon. Look for evening sessions to be particularly productive with either gut baits or mullet strips. The break walls and Limeburners are also worth a look for blackfish, although the large class of fish enjoyed in recent weeks has been replaced with a slightly smaller grade. On the flathead front, good numbers are still being taken further upstream, with around Blackmans Point well worth a look using either lures or whitebait. There are still a few reasonable whiting in the same location, along with Lake Cathie despite the critically low water level. For mulloway enthusiasts, the next few nights are prime time for targeting these apex predators from the lower reaches. Live mullet will certainly be the bait of choice, however large hard bodied lures will also be well worth throwing. School sized fish have also been active around the highway bridges and deeper holes up river, with soft vibes working a treat.

Off the beaches, despite red weed still creating problems in certain locations, tailor numbers have been consistent with most stretches of sand producing well. Bream numbers have begun to pick up, with Lighthouse and North Beach both worth a look. The next few weeks following this full moon often sees the best bream action of the year off the sand, with mullet strips and pipis the premier offerings. Those fishing the evening high tides will also be a great chance for mulloway, with worms the go for school sized fish and tailor or bonito fillets for a larger specimen.

Off the rocks, most headlands are producing nice tailor with the ledges around Crescent Head holding a few fish around the 2 kilo mark. Drummer and blackfish numbers have also picked a little and will further do so as the water temperature drops. Still the occasional longtail tuna about, however the activity seems to have dropped off to what was evident over recent weeks.

Offshore, snapper numbers and quality have begun to pick up as is usually the case at this time of year. Best results have come from the close in reefs of Lighthouse, although Plomer of course is also well worth a look. Wider out, pearl perch and teraglin numbers are solid, while trag rock is worth a look for kingfish. If you’re simply after a good feed, by all reports the flattie grounds in around 50 meters east of the bar are well worth a look, with plenty of good sized lizards available. On the pelagic front, no real news over the past week although with the water temperature still reasonable, mackerel remain an option for a few weeks yet.

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