Report 23/1/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 23/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:57 am

While it’s now just about back to school for the younger brigade, it has yet again been terrific to see the number of kids who still enjoyed the sport of angling during the school holidays. Of particular note with many of the kids nowadays is both their willingness to embrace new techniques in fishing, as well as entering into the sport with an appreciation of the conservation issues involved in modern angling.

In the estuary, flathead numbers remain consistent, with plenty of fish around the 40cm mark and the occasional better model. Best bait at present is whitebait, however lure enthusiasts continue to achieve great results. Good numbers of whiting are still being caught both in Limeburners and around Pelican Island, not to mention Lake Cathie of course. Also in the river are plenty of garfish, with either peeled prawns or bread working well, while a few nice bream have been on offer in lower reaches on baits, or upstream on both surface and diving lures.

Off the beaches, there are still plenty of mulloway on offer after dark, with the southern end of Lighthouse and North Beach producing schoolies and the occasional better model. Lighthouse has also produced a few bream, tailor and whiting, whilst the same species have also been on offer from south beach at Dunbogan.

Off the rocks, some reasonable tailor are about along with terrific numbers of bonito. Around Plomer, bream remain better than average, while the odd mulloway and well conditioned blackfish are also on offer. No real news on the Land Based Game front, although the enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the next push of warm blue water.

Offshore, there has been a sprinkling of mackerel action locally but the water has again gone cool and green. Look for a sharp improvement if we get a few consecutive southerlies and the warm water moves back in close to shore. Bad news to for those planning a trip to the FAD, with it breaking loose last Sunday and last seen about 40kms off Nelson Bay. NSW Fisheries are aware of this and plan to replace it in the short term. For those content to fish the bottom, snapper have been reasonable off Plomer and close in off Lighthouse Beach on both baits and plastics.

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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