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Report 20/5/16

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:40 am
by Nicole Penfold
In the estuary, the lower reaches have been full of mullet over the past week, but I suspect this latest cool change may see the majority exit for their annual migration. Hopefully conditions are conducive for seeing plenty of them reach their destination. Bream have improved a little particularly for those fishing the evening session. Best bet is either the break walls, the coal wall or up Limeburners with mullet strips, mullet gut or yabbies likely to achieve good results. On the mulloway front, the break walls are still holding good numbers of school sized fish as well as the odd much larger model. Those throwing soft plastic lures seem to be accounting for the majority of the school sized fish. Flathead numbers remain solid particularly around Settlement Point and Pelican Island, while a few blackfish have taken from the south wall.

Off the beaches, despite the recent big evening high tides making conditions somewhat challenging, a few nice school mulloway have been taken. Best results have come from North Beach and around Lake Cathie. Tailor numbers remain solid, whilst a few nice bream are beginning to get about. Look for a significant improvement on the bream front over the coming weeks as they begin their annual autumn run up along our coastline.

Off the rocks, tailor remain terrific with the season to date being the best we have seen for several years. Most ledges are producing at dawn and dusk, with the overall quality excellent. Apart from tailor, bream and blackfish are both viable targets, whilst a few more drummer are beginning to feed actively in the washes. Look for latter to pick up considerably once the water cools a few more degrees.

Offshore, results have been a little mixed with some doing very well on occasions and others missing out. Closer in, snapper numbers are slowly picking up with the key seeming to be finding a bit of cleaner water with a little current. Wider out, the odd pearl perch and kingfish remain on offer, with around trag rock and the 70m reefs off Lighthouse worth a look. On the pelagic front, the odd Spanish mackerel is still around in close, as to reasonable numbers of spotted mackerel. Plenty of mahi mahi at the FAD as well, with a few nice fish or around 8 kilos.

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