Report 17/8/16

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 17/8/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:45 pm

The past week has seen some terrific late winter angling action throughout the mid north coast.

In the estuary, the water is slowly beginning to clear after the fresh of a couple of weeks ago. Blackfish numbers have been steady from the break walls, with Limeburners also holding a few nice fish. On the bream scene, most locations in the lower reaches are still fishing well, with mullet gut and yabbies seeing consistent results. For the mulloway enthusiasts, the odd solid fish remains on offer, with Adam Janowski scoring a terrific 28.16kg model from around the Dennis Bridge last weekend. Those throwing lures from the break walls are also continuing to score fish. It is interesting how trends change, as historically large hard bodied lures have been the weapon of choice when the river is discoloured, however this latest fresh has seen soft plastics the popular method. Further upstream, some nice winter bass have been encountered towards Bain’s Bridge in the Hastings and also around Telegraph Point. Just be mindful, the yearly no take period for Australian Bass extends until the end of August.

Off the beaches, the recent full moon phase produced a reasonable run of school mulloway, with beach worms as usual the bait of choice. North beach and in front of Lake Cathie were both successful locations. The odd reasonable tailor was also around during evening sessions along with a few salmon. Those fishing the morning tides have been scoring a few reasonable bream as well as some surprisingly solid winter whiting.

Off the rocks, drummer have been a little hit and miss as often occurs at this time of year. However don’t be surprised if their numbers pick up again with the next month or so often seeing the best class of fish of the season. Groper numbers however have been excellent with some cracking fish to around 10 kilos on offer. Locally Shelley’s has been worth a look, as too Diamond head to the south. Crabs of most varieties are the gun bait for chasing these super tough fish. Bream numbers have been steady as have blackfish, with Point Perpendicular the pick of locations for the latter.

Offshore, results have been encouraging with some great snapper on offer. Live bait and lures have both been successful with good numbers of fish ranging from around 3 to 6 kilos. Best results have come from around the 40 meter mark. Apart from snapper, mulloway, teraglin and pearl perch have all been taken. Those heading a little wider are also scoring a few leather jackets, although to date they have not been in sufficient numbers to impact upon targeting other species.

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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