Report 7/2/17

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Report 7/2/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:59 pm

February is renowned for producing the worst heat and humidity of the year, with the past few weeks certainly proving no exception. What we would give for a consistent southerly change to not only bring the air temperature down, but to warm the inshore waters considerably and fire the angling action right up.

In the estuary, whiting have been consistent with both Limeburners and the flats around Pelican Island fishing quite well. Live worms and yabbies on most occasions are the baits of choice. The lower section of the Maria is also well worth a look with after dark sessions producing some quality fish. On the bream front, best reports have come from well upstream, with around Rawdon Island now fishing well on both baits and lures, however the coal wall has also given up a few nice fish. The lower estuary is however producing quite a few big tarwhine at present, with several fish around a kilo taken over the last few weeks. On the crab front, muddies remain most active with many achieving bag limit catches before dark. Unless you’re sick of eating them, now is definitely the time your traps or witches hats should be in the water.

Off the beaches, school mulloway remain consistent with most beaches producing in various quantities and qualities. On the tailor front, a few choppers have begun to show up with the southern end of Lighthouse locally proving the pick of locations. Look for a further improvement toward the end of this week once high tide begins to coincide with dawn and dusk leading up to the full moon. For daytime anglers, the odd bream and solid whiting remain viable targets.

Off the rocks, reasonable numbers of tailor have been taken, with both Point Plomer and Lighthouse fishing quite well. Those throwing smallish metals also continue to pick up plenty of bonito. No great reports on the land based game scene as yet, however I suspect if the next southerly change brings the warm blue water in, the activity level will increase considerably.

On the outside front, good news with NSW having redeployed a new FAD after the previous model went AWOL. Whilst it was dropped at the usual location being 31° 24.567' 153° 04.725' , there was a fair bit of current so it could well end up a little south of this mark. Hopefully the mahi mahi and other pelagics will find it again in the short term. Whilst returning from deploying the FAD, NSW Fisheries also dropped a camera on the artificial reef (OAR), with the brief footage obtained showing snapper and Sampson fish. This together with past footage showing pearl perch suggest it may be well worth visiting. The central co-ordinates for the OAR are 31°25.044' 152°58.950'. Also offshore, Trag Rock has been producing some terrific kingfish of late, whilst Barries Bay remains a little hit and miss courtesy of the water colour, although the odd mackerel and cobia are present.

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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