Report 5/10/16

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Report 5/10/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:51 pm

In the estuaries, flathead activity has picked as is usually the case as the water begins to warm. Good reports have come in from most locations between the break walls and Wauchope, with some nice fish to around 80cm on offer. Best results have been achieved by those throwing lures, however whitebait, prawns and mullets strips have all enjoyed success. Whiting numbers have also picked up with improved action in the Hastings and Lake Cathie. While best results to date have been achieved using either live beach worms, prawns or yabbies, look for surface lures to become increasingly effective from now on. Already we are seeing a significantly increase in prawn activity, with this fact certainly not lost on the whiting, and bream for that matter. As such, any surface lure which mimics a fleeing prawn skipping across the surface is likely to receive some positive attention. Also in the estuaries, a few school mulloway have been taken around the Dennis Bridge, while those chasing both blue swimmer and mud crabs continue to do very well indeed.

On the beaches, a few reasonable bream continue to taken from both North beach and Lighthouse, with those fishing the evening high tide enjoying the better action. Along with the bream, a sprinkling of school mulloway have also been encountered, while those fishing Shelley’s and around Lake Cathie have been snaring some nice whiting on the morning run up tide.

Off the rocks, tailor remain reasonable with a few fish on offer at daylight from around Plomer and Lighthouse locally. Drummer reports have been a little slow as you would expect at this time of year, however a few anglers continue to manage a fish or two each outing on both prawns and cunjevoi. With the water still quite cool, they are still worth chasing for a few weeks yet at least. Also off the rocks, a few bream and school mulloway have been taken after dark from the Plomer area.

Offshore, conditions have been about as good as they get at this time of year, and there has been plenty of action. Snapper remain excellent on most reefs with good reports from close in off Lighthouse beach and the 50 metre reefs off Plomer. Wider out, trag rock has produced kingfish to around 10 kilos as well as a few teraglin and mulloway. Much wider out, yellowfin tuna to over 70 kilos have been taken along with some big striped tuna. For those interested, the NSW Fisheries FAD has again been deployed for our summer season, with the GPS co-ordinates of 31 24 567 – 153 04 725 unchanged from past years.

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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