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Report 7/1/17

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:51 pm
by Nicole Penfold
Well 2017 has finally arrived bringing with it cooler southerly winds, warmer ocean waters and some much needed rain. All this should lead to improved angling action on the mid north coast which is certainly what we all want to see.

In the estuary, results have begun to improve in line with the water temperature warming considerably. Flathead have been consistent with most parts of the Hastings worth a look. Whitebait has been the bait of choice for the bait fisho’s, while soft vibes continue to dominate the lure fishing scene. Whiting have become a little more active with the warmer water, with Lake Cathie, Limeburners and the back channel all worth a look on either surface lures, worms or yabbies. The coal wall has held a few bream and the odd mulloway, as too has around Rawdon Island. Mud crabs have been excellent upriver, assuming of course you are the first to check your traps after deployment.

On the beaches, Lighthouse has been producing a consistent supply of whiting and bream with most sections fishing well on the rising tide. North beach has been the place to be for school mulloway with worms as usual the bait of choice. A few tailor have been found on most beaches although not in huge numbers. Small metals or whitebait seem to be getting the better results.

Off the rocks, tailor have been reasonable with the Lighthouse and Plomer both worth a look. We have had a few reports of bonito as well which is certainly pleasing. Those fishing the darker hours have also been scoring a few school mulloway and bream from around Plomer, while Point Perpendicular has given up some nice late season drummer over the past week. No news locally on the pelagic scene as yet although the improved water temperature will not be missed by the LBG fanatics.

Offshore, despite the southerlies replacing those relentless nor easters, conditions have remain average on most days. Those who have ventured out reports some nice snapper close in off Lighthouse Beach and Lake Cathie, with both lures and baits successful. Wider out, the FAD continues to hold mahi mahi and marlin numbers are improving, which is good news for the 2017 Golden Lure.

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