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Report 1/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:28 am

In the estuaries, the recent rains will hopefully add a tinge of colour which will no doubt prove beneficial in the short term. A few reasonable bream have been taken from around the break walls together with the odd school mulloway and tailor. Those fishing the flats around Blackmans Point and Pelican Island have been scoring some nice whiting and flathead, with lures working well for both species. Bream numbers have also been good up river, with surface lures proving very effective indeed. Whiting numbers have also been consistent in Lake Cathie, with live worms or prawns proving the offering of choice. On the crabbing front, muddies are still active pretty well throughout the entire system, while the lower reaches such as the back channel and the entrance to Limeburners have held a sprinkling of reasonable blue swimmers. We have also had several reports of prawns in Lake Cathie, however it seems the best of it was enjoyed by those prepared to stay well after midnight.

On the beaches, the recent good tides saw a continuation of the mulloway action, with Lighthouse producing some nice fish to around 10 kilos. Worms and tailor were the baits of choice. North Beach has also held some reasonable mulloway and bream, while Lighthouse has also given up a steady stream of nice sized whiting. Tailor numbers have also improved in line with improved water clarity.

Off the rocks, at long last the water colour and temperature have improved which will excite those keen on land based game fishing. By all reports there is plenty of bait hanging around, so the season should only improve over the coming weeks. To date, Hat Head has been worth a look for cobia and Spanish mackerel, however look for the longtail tuna to arrive in numbers soon. For those content to chase bread and butter species, tailor remain reasonable for this time of year, while there are plenty of school mulloway still on offer after dark. Bonito remain viable targets also from most deep water ledges.

On the offshore scene, the improved water colour and temperature saw a few Spanish mackerel taken in Barries Bay, along with some solid cobia. Slow trolled livies continues to be the method of choice. A little wider, marlin and mahi mahi are also about in good numbers which is good news for those with smaller vessels not wishing to travel to the shelf. However those fishing the bottom have been finding the current challenging on many days, particularly beyond the 30 meter mark. Best results have come from the close in reefs off Lighthouse and Lake Cathie, with good numbers of snapper responding to both bait and lures.

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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