Report 27/4/16

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 27/4/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:14 am

In the estuaries, with the mullet now beginning to travel, mulloway action has kicked into high gear with plenty of fish on offer throughout the lower reaches. Live mullet and pike have been the morsels of choice, although those throwing lures have also enjoyed great success. Best results have been achieved off both break walls, with the change of tide seeing by far the better action. Most fish have been between barely legal up to about 20 kilos, but the odd far better models have been encountered, albeit mostly unsuccessfully. Apart for the mulloway, bream numbers and quality continue to pick up, and should only further improve over the coming weeks. Mullet fillets, gut baits and yabbies will all be worth throwing. On the blackfish front, the big seas last weekend saw some nice fish taken from the south break wall, with both cabbage and weed flies successful. They too should only improve from this point on. Further up river, flathead numbers remain solid with both whitebait and lures working well, while the odd late season whiting remain on offer from around Blackmans Point and up Limeburners. Mud crab numbers also remain quite active around Rawdon Island and the lower section of the Maria.

On the beaches, the rough seas have seen only limited opportunities over the past week but there are certainly plenty of encouraging signs for the season ahead. Tailor numbers in general have been excellent, with the masses of baitfish keeping the fish along our stretch of coastline. Hopefully this will remain the case for a while yet as the next few months are prime time for mulloway, with these two species going hand in hand. As an added bonus, quite a few of our beaches are beginning to shape up really well, so fingers crossed we don’t get any significant weather events for a while yet. On the bream front, a few nice fish are already being encountered but the month of May is usually when the bream begin to travel and the best results enjoyed. If you are keen to target a few big silver sea bream, mullet strips and pipis are prime morsels of choice. Just don’t fall into the trap of fishing the deeper holes as most of the better bream are often taken on the shallower sand bar or sand spits, particularly around the top of the tide.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers remain solid with some nice fish to around 2 kilos taken from most headlands. Those throwing either surface poppers or garfish have been getting the better quality fish. Drummer numbers are picking up nicely with the season beginning to shape up well. Look for numbers to really pick up once the water cools a few more degrees. In the meantime, the odd longtail tuna remains about, although to date this season has not produced the numbers most land based game enthusiasts expect from this part of the coast. Also on offer have been some nice bream and blackfish, with Shelley’s locally fishing as well as anywhere.

Offshore action has been virtually nil over the past week, courtesy in part to the wind and sea over the long weekend, as well as the subsequent commandeering of Westport Boat ramp until at least Tuesday next week. I know I say this every year, but I’m sure if council had any regard for the local boating community whatsoever, a marginal adjustment of the ironman infrastructure could be negotiated so that the ramp could only be closed for the actual event. Most boaties would happily put up with that, but the week long closure simply defies belief.

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

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