Report 19/10/16

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Report 19/10/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:59 am

In the estuaries, flathead remain the star attraction and will likely remain so over the coming months. As seems to be the case nowadays, those throwing lures are accounting for the better levels of action, with soft plastics, soft vibes, blades and hard bodied divers all working well. Of course bait fishing remains a viable approach with whitebait being arguably the premier offering, although prawns, pilchards, yabbies and mullet strips will also prove effective. Just remember, keep your bait moving when chasing flathead, as they are an ambush predator, usually waiting on the bottom for food to come to them. If your bait is stationary or anchored to the bottom with a large sinker, flathead encounters will only be incidental at best.

Also in the estuaries, blackfish numbers have picked up in the lower reaches, with the break walls and Lady Nelson Wharf seeing reasonable results over the past few days. Those using weed flies have enjoyed particular success. Whiting numbers have also been encouraging from Limeburners and Lake Cathie, with results sure to pick up as summer approaches. On the mulloway front, a few nice fish to around 15 kilos were taken from the break walls over the full moon period, with both large soft plastics and live mullet working well. Bream numbers were however down in the lower reaches, although reasonable results continue to be achieved by those throwing lures up river.

Off the beaches, conditions have not been ideal over the past week with the big full moon tides and strong winds quite challenging. As such, mulloway action was poor, however a few reasonable bream and whiting have been on offer during daylight hours. Best reports have come from around Lake Cathie and Grants beach at North Haven.

On the rocks, a few better than average tailor have been snared at first light which is always a bonus at this time of year. Locally, Lighthouse again has proven the pick of locations, whilst Plomer and surrounds has also produced a few reasonable bags. Those fishing south around Diamond head and Point Perpendicular have also scored a few solid mulloway, some reasonable bream and a few snapper around the kilo mark which is always a welcome bonus for land based anglers.

Offshore, snapper results have been a little mixed in close, with some doing well and other struggling. Best reports have come from those anchoring and burlying close in south of the Lighthouse. Wider out, kingfish numbers have been consistent around Trag Rock, with fish up to 12 kilos on offer, while wider still some terrific yellowfin tuna to over 50 kilos remain in reasonable numbers.

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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