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Report 15/11/16

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:30 pm
by Nicole Penfold
In the estuary, flathead and whiting are again the best bets with numbers and quality of both species improving each week. On the flathead front, most sections of the Hastings are worth a look, with good reports coming from around Rawdon Island, Hibbard and Pelican Island in particular. Lures have been by far the most productive approach however whitebait has also proven effective. For whiting enthusiasts, Lake Cathie continues to produce the goods with some great action enjoyed during the evenings by those using either live prawns or yabbies, while those throwing surface lures around during the day are seeing improved results. Limeburners is also worth a look for whiting, with Steve Willdern landing a cracking 780 gram model last weekend. Elsewhere in the Hastings a few school mulloway were taken from the North Wall leading up to the moon, while those throwing lures in the upper reaches of the salt have been scoring a few nice bream mixed in with some terrific bass.

On the beaches, the lead up to the recent full moon saw a few tailor and school mulloway from Lighthouse during evening sessions, along with more than a sprinkling of rays and other assorted undesirables. North beach also produced a few school mulloway, while those fishing the very northern end during morning sessions managed a few nice bream. Still the odd salmon form most stretches of sand.

Off the rocks, things have been a little on the quiet side, however those chasing blackfish on cabbage still report some nice bronzies and the odd pig still inhabiting the washes around Point Perpendicular and Crowdy Head to the south. Bream numbers have been reasonable, primarily after dark, and should further improve as the recent full moon continues to wane. Still a few tailor from the Lighthouse at first light but primarily only average sized choppers as is to be expected at this time of year.

Offshore, once again there have been only limited opportunities to get out courtesy of the seemingly never ending winds. Those who have ventured out report mixed results with a few reasonable snapper, kingfish and pearl perch off Plomer. By all reports there is a fair bit of really cold water on the bottom in many locations, with avoiding this seeming to be a key to success. Wider out, the FAD is certainly worth a look for mahi mahi, with some nice fish to around 8 kilos hanging off it.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie