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Report 11/1/16

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:00 am
by Nicole Penfold
On the offshore scene, obviously the Golden Lure has been the focus of the week, with some great fish on offer including, marlin and mahi mahi. On the marlin front, competitors have been encountering a mixture of both blue and black marlin, with the majority of fish being tagged and released. Young local angler Zac Danby however landed a sensational 135kg blue marlin on the juniors days which was a great effort indeed. On the mahi mahi scene, there have been plenty of fish ranging between 10 and 20 kilos, taking a mixture of skirts and live slimies. Hopefully the final two days of competition see plenty more action, along with more comfortable offshore conditions.

Also offshore, trag rocks has been worth a look for kingfish to around 10 kilos on both jigs and live baits, while the 60 and 70 meter reefs of Plomer have also yielded some nice pearl perch. There have also been some terrific snapper on offer, with both baits and lures effective. Josh Rowe also managed a sensational 8.9 kilo fish while slow trolling a slimey intended for makerel in Barries Bay. And on the subject of mackerel, the rumours of a couple of fish showing up in the bay are indeed correct. Hopefully this is the start of a great mackerel season over the coming months.

Off the beaches this past week has been encouraging, highlighted by solid mulloway action courtesy of good tides and the recent full moon. While all beaches have produced fish in varying quantities, North Beach has been the most consistent. Live worms have been the bait of choice. On the tailor front, at last we are beginning see some improved results with Lighthouse and South beach at Dunbogan both giving up some reasonable hauls. Also on the beaches, some terrific bream and whiting have been on offer with the beach in front of Lake Cathie producing as well as anywhere.

Off the rocks, while the land based game season is yet to fire right up, there is enough on offer to keep keen rock hoppers happy. As with the beaches, the full moon phase saw some improved mulloway action, with a few fish being encountered at Plomer and Point Perpendicular. Tailor have also been worth chasing, with reasonable reports from Plomer, Blueface and Point Perpendicular. Dawn sessions have also been producing some solid bonito. Bream numbers too have been above average for this time of year, as to the quality with plenty of fish around a kilo and in surprisingly good condition. Point Perpendicular and Big Hill have both been fishing well.

In the estuaries, flathead have been terrific with positive reports coming from pretty well all locations between the walls and Wauchope. On the bait front, whitebait has been by far the morsel of choice, while lures of pretty well any shape, texture or colour have proven successful. On the whiting front, the back channel has been worth a look, particularly after dark, as too Blackmans Point and Limeburners. Lake Cathie as always is certainly worth prospecting, particularly after dark. Bream numbers have been reasonable, with a few fish coming from the break walls on most days, while throwing lures up the Maria and around Rawdon Island have been enjoying consistent results. For mulloway enthusiasts, the tides and lunar phase at present are terrific for fishing the lower reaches for a better quality fish. For best results, focus your efforts around the change of tide, with live baits, large squid heads or lures all viable propositions. On the crustacean front, no doubt Lake Cathie will see a few prawning enthusiasts prospecting the lake from next week onwards, however with the system still open, expectations are not high. Not so on the crabbing scene however, with muddies and blue swimmers still active throughout the Hastings.

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