Report 9/3/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 9/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:58 pm

This past week has seen the first real signs of Autumn, with consistently strong winds from the south, cooler temperatures and big seas. No doubt we will still see a few warm days over the next few weeks, however the change of season is certainly upon us.

On the beaches, before the seas come up, some reasonable results were being achieved. Lighthouse and North Beaches both held a sprinkling of school mulloway with worms the bait of choice. Both beaches also produced a few nice whiting and bream, while Lighthouse also gave up the odd tailor. No doubt most formations will have been flattened now courtesy of the big swells, but hopefully they will begin to reform quickly once the seas settle again.

Off the rocks, tailor have been steady if not spectacular with Lighthouse locally fishing as well as anywhere. Best results have been at first light, and if anything, we are seeing a gradual increase in the average size. Apart from tailor, a few reasonable bream and blackfish have been on offer around Big Hill and Point Plomer, together with plenty of school mulloway during evening sessions. Lighthouse has also been worth a look for drummer, with a few pigs taken by those targeting blackfish with cabbage. We have also had a couple of isolated reports on longtail tuna, so I expect Point Perpendicular will be a hive of activity once the seas begin to settle.

In the estuary, our warm weather staples being flathead and whiting remain on offer in pleasing numbers. Flathead have been active in most parts of the Hastings, with around Settlement Point as good as anywhere. Lake Cathie has also been fishing well with good numbers around the bridge area. On the whiting front, the lower section of Lake Cathie as always is worth a look both day and night, while in the Hastings, Blackmans Point and Limeburners have been consistent. On the bream front, best reports have been from around Rawdon Island on both surface and diving lures, although with a bit colour being injected upriver, the lower section around the break walls may be worth a look on bait over the next week or so. For mulloway enthusiasts, there is unlikely to be sufficient colour to really stir them up, although the break walls will likely be worth prospecting on either live baits or soft plastics.

Offshore, last weekend saw Barries Bay get plenty of attention as is usual for this time of year. Cobia numbers have been excellent with several fish well in excess of 25 kilos, while some nice Spanish mackerel were also taken. A few nice Spanish were also taken close in off Bonny Hills. Look for more of the same once conditions settle. Also offshore, some nice snapper to around 5 kilos were taken on live baits in front of Port, while close in off Lake Cathie good numbers of pan sized snapper were also taken by those anchoring and burlying.

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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