Report 15/2/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 15/2/17

Postby Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:55 am

In the estuary, whiting numbers have been excellent with good reports coming from the Back Channel, Limeburners and Blackmans Point. Worms, yabbies and of course surface lures have all proven productive. Lake Cathie is also certainly worth a look, with live prawns scooped from the lake and fished after dark usually a deadly combination. As for how the prawns will be this dark is anyone’s guess, but no doubt there will be a few keen prawners visiting the system in the later part of this week and of course over the weekend, especially given the hot weather of late. On the flathead front, the Hastings continues to fish consistently with whitebait and lures seeing the better results, while those throwing surface lures for bream have been doing well, particularly around Rawdon Island and the lower section of the Maria. On the mulloway front, the full moon phase saw a couple of reasonable fish taken from the vicinity on the coal wall, with live mullet the gun bait. Still plenty of well conditioned mud crabs in most of the up river locations, while the stretch from Hibbard to Pelican Island is also worth a look for tasty blue swimmers.

Off the beaches, the recent full moon phase saw a sprinkling of mulloway with North beach and Grants beach at North Haven both producing a few school sized fish. Unfortunately the swell and strong current from the north saw the more exposed sections difficult to fish for those chasing a larger model. Apart from mulloway, tailor numbers have been reasonable with Lighthouse fishing well, whilst day time anglers continue to score good numbers of whiting and the odd nice bream.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers have been consistent with Point Plomer and Lighthouse both worth a look. Diamond Head and Crowdy have also produced a few late, or early season drummer. On the land based game front, Hat Head has been the place to be with a few Spanish mackerel and cobia on offer. Hopefully this latest southerly change will see a bit of warmer water hit the coast further south and if so, hopefully a few longtail tuna may also show up.

Offshore, the reefs off Plomer continue to fish well despite the strong currents, with snapper, kingfish, teraglin and mulloway all caught in reasonable numbers. Those fishing Barries Bay are reporting up and down results with the odd spanish mackerel and cobia but no real consistency. A few more southerlies and improved water colour in close should hopefully see a spike in activity. Wider out, marlin numbers remain terrific whilst the newly re deployed FAD has produced a few small to medium sized mahi mahi

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


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