Report 1/10/19

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Report 1/10/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:37 pm

Despite this time of year often seeing the local angling scene somewhat subdued, this past week has been excellent with plenty of great fish about. Just what we love to see with the school holidays now in full swing.

In the estuary, flathead continue to improve with good numbers of fish on offer from most locations. This trend should continue over the coming weeks as the water warms, with the food and the flatties becoming even more active. Some reasonable whiting are now beginning to show up at several locations downstream of the highway bridges. Live worms and yabbies will be the best bet on the bait front, whilst surface lures will begin to come into their own as the prawns become more active. As you would expect at this time of year, blackfish numbers have begun to slow a little, however some good fish to around a kilo remain on offer for those willing to put in the time. On the bream scene, best results have come from around Rawdon Island with both lures and baits working. Expect the bulk of the bream to remain up river over the coming months unless we get a long awaited fresh. On the mulloway front, results from around the break walls have slowed in comparison to recent months, however there are still plenty of school sized fish active up river. Good news for crabbing enthusiasts, with muddies active around Wauchope and in the Maria, while a few big blue swimmers have been caught in the Hibbard area.

On the beaches, some terrific mulloway have been on offer, highlighted by Trevor Franklin’s 27.82 kilo fish caught from North Beach on a worm. The southern and of Lighthouse and around Middle rock have also seen some mulloway action. Most beaches are also still producing a few reasonable bream, along with some solid early season whiting. Tailor however remain sporadic at best, with the beaches south of Port again seeing the better of the limited action.

Off the rocks, there are still quite a few nice bream and blackfish around with Plomer and Big Hill seeing the more consistent results. Best tailor reports have been from Diamond Head and Crowdy, with the latter also worth a look for drummer. Still some nice groper around, with Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular both giving up a few solid fish when conditions allow.

Offshore, snapper remain sensational with last weekend seeing good results both north and south of Port. Plastics and baits both saw good results, with Col Wilkie’s 11.510 kilo red a standout. Along with the snapper, kingfish have been terrific around trag rock and the reefs off North beach in around 75m, with jigs and live baits both working. We can also confirm the FAD has been re deployed for the summer pelagic scene, with its location being at the usual co ordinates of 31 24 567S – 153 04 725E. If history is any guide, it wont be long until the mahi mahi begin to hand around.

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

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