Report 21/9/16

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 21/9/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:52 pm

On the beaches, there have been some excellent late season bream about, highlighted by Bill Fitzsimons terrific 1.52kg fish taken from North Beach using the humble pipi. Lighthouse has also held some nice bream along with some terrific whiting. On the tailor front, results have only been average although salmon numbers have been up on most beaches. Still reasonable numbers of school mulloway from both North beach and in front of Lake Cathie, with live worms fished after dark the way to go.

Off the rocks, there are still a few drummer hanging about with the better reports coming from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular to the south, together with Hat Head to the north. Locally, Miners and Shelley’s have both given up the odd reasonable blackfish, while Lighthouse has been worth a look for a tailor at first light. For those keen on chasing a few bream off the stones, best bet would to head to either Big Hill or Plommer, with fresh tailor strips well worth throwing either early mornings or after dark. Still plenty of groper from most headlands when sea conditions are calm.

In the estuary, flathead are now by far the pick of the targets, with the lower part of the system continuing to improve as the estuarine waters slowly begin to warm. On the blackfish front, catches remain a little on the inconsistent side, with the odd few fish about one day, and little the next. Good news however for whiting enthusiasts, with numbers beginning to pick up noticeably in both the Hastings and Lake Cathie. At present, live worms and yabbies are scoring the bulk of the action, however as the prawn numbers begin to improve in both systems, look for significantly improved results on well presented surface poppers or stick baits.

Offshore, there are still good numbers of snapper in close as has been the case during the past two months. And you guessed it, the better results continue to be achieved by those throwing soft plastics. If bait fishing is your preference, the reefs off Plommer are worth visiting, with snapper, pearl perch, morwong and a few teraglin on offer. Trag rock is also worth a look for kingfish on either jigs or livies, with some nice fish to around 10 kilos on offer.

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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