Report 12/8/16

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Report 12/8/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:34 pm

The brief east coast low of last week saw plenty of wind, swell and rainfall hitting the mid north coast. Although conditions have now settled nicely, this stir had the expected positive and temporary negative impacts on the local angling scene.

In the estuary, sufficient rainfall was received up river to see a small fresh come down the Hastings, bringing with it brief periods of opportunity. As is often the case, mulloway action certainly picked up with plenty of school sized fish and a few trophy sized models being taken from the break walls and lower estuary. Both hard bodied and soft plastic lures accounted for the bulk of the action, with the best fish being a terrific 29.71 kilo model caught by Damian Rafter from the south wall. Phil Edwards also scored a cracking 24.7 kilo fish on a light bait casting outfit which was also a top effort indeed. As well as mulloway action, the bream were terrific in the lower reaches, feeding aggressively in the dirty water. The break walls again produced the better results, with plenty of fish around and over a kilo taken. Mullet strips were particularly successful. Also in the estuaries, a few flathead remain on offer, with around Pelican Island in the Hastings, and Lake Cathie to the south both fishing well. The break walls also continue to fish well for blackfish on weed, cabbage and flies.

Off the beaches, conditions have now settled and a few nice formations remain relatively undisturbed by the recent swells. North beach and Lighthouse have both produced a few bream, while Grants beach at North Haven has also held a few nice tailor. Once the water clarity improves, look for the tailor action to pick right up.

Off the rocks, Lighthouse is still producing some nice tailor along with some solid bream after dark. Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular have also been worth a look for drummer, with groper also on the cards when conditions calm down sufficiently. Some nice bream and blackfish were also on offer at Shelley’s when the swell was up.

Offshore, little to no reports as you would expect given the conditions last weekend. However now the seas have settled, no doubt the snapper action should continue with the close in reefs well worth prospecting with either lures or baits. The new Offshore Artificial Reef will also be worth prospecting from this point on, with recently obtained underwater footage showing plenty of baitfish have already called the structures home. If the bait is there, the predators are bound to follow at some point in the not too distant future. Learning how to successfully fish these imposing structures will be the challenge.

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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