Report 30/8/16

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 30/8/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:13 am

With the days now beginning to lengthen noticeably, the chill beginning to leave the air and unsettled weather becoming increasingly common, it can only mean one thing. Yep winter is behind us and our spring angling season has arrived. This time of year is pretty well a transition period on the angling front with our winter species beginning to wind down, and our summer species beginning to wind up. Sure your plans may be interrupted by the odd storm or winds from all points of the compass, but if you persist the rewards are still there to be had.

In the estuary, flathead remain excellent, as they have pretty well all winter with lures in particular working well. Bream numbers are reasonable and there are some nice fish amongst them. Best reports have come from around Hibbard and Limeburners, with mullet gut, mullet strips and of course yabbies all working well. On the blackfish front, results from the lower reaches remain consistent, with the break walls and Limeburners both worth a throw on either weed, cabbage or flies. On the mulloway front, the break walls are still producing a few nice fish, with large soft plastics seeing good results. The brand or profile of lure doesn’t seem to matter, although anything with a fair bit of white in it seems to be doing the trick. Live bait of course, is an excellent alternative.

On the beaches, bream remain consistent with both North beach and around Lake Cathie worth a look. A few school mulloway and salmon have also been taken from the same locations. Tailor however have been a little quiet although the odd few fish have been taken during evening sessions from the Camden Haven area.

Off the rocks, still a few drummer around for those willing to put in the time. Best reports have been from Point Perpendicular and Shelley’s locally. The key as always is to be prepared to be mobile, and of course burlying heavily. Tailor numbers remain reasonable with the odd nice greenback about, particularly from Big Hill and surrounds. Plenty of groper around as well for those willing to toss in a crab on the appropriate tackle, and hang on.

Offshore, last weekend saw excellent numbers of snapper encountered, with those heading north seeing the better results. Most fish ranged between 1 and 5 kilos, with soft plastics seeing the better results. Apart from snapper, a few nice pearl perch, pigfish and morwong were also encountered. One local angler also scored a cracking 15.8 kilo kingfish on a soft plastic. Still plenty of jackets around, with those fishing south encountering the bulk of the schools.

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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