Report 22/3/17

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Report 22/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:20 pm

This past week has the seen the mid north coast receive our first real drenching in quite some time. Although the flood levels locally were only moderate, the Hastings received a real flush as evidenced by both the water colour and amount of debris seen on Town beach earlier in the week. This type of event is not at all uncommon at this time of year. Although temporarily inconvenient to many anglers, short term opportunities are created for the really keen, while a good fresh is certainly most beneficial from a longer term perspective.

Quite obviously, conditions have limited options substantially over the past week with most attention focussed on the lower reaches of the Hastings and Camden Haven estuaries. Bream and mulloway have been the primary targets as they usually are when the rivers run brown. On the bream front some terrific fish were on offer, with last weekend seeing good numbers to over a kilo taken from most local break walls. Mullet strips, mullet gut and pilchards were all successful baits, with the last of the run in tide seeing the better results.

On the mulloway front, unfortunately the easterly winds combined with the amount of debris coming down the Hastings limited good fishing access when the river was at its dirtiest. Despite this, a few nice fish over 20 kilos were caught with Nathan Vandermeel scoring a cracking fish in the Hastings on a large soft plastic, while Col Trenaman subdued one from the Camden Haven on a large hard bodied lure. A few smaller models were also taken in the Hastings on lures as well as squid heads. Now conditions have settled somewhat, no doubt quite a few mulloway enthusiasts will be out targeting these trophy fish from our break walls, with a good chance of success over the coming days.

For rock fishing enthusiasts, this latest event was not ideal especially for those keen on targeting the land based pelagics seen along our coastline at this time of year. Before the coastal water dirtied, longtail tuna were around in reasonable numbers, as to cobia and Spanish mackerel. Once the water clarity improves and baitfish again congregate along the rocks, look for these species to again be viable targets. In the interim, bream and school mulloway will likely be your best bets.

Little to report from the beaches as you expect, however look for bream numbers to pick up sharply over the next week or two. The southern end of North Beach will also be worth a look for flathead with the Hastings dirty.

Offshore, after now the seas have settled somewhat, no doubt there will be plenty keen to head east of the bar. Snapper should be well worth chasing close in as they often are after a decent fresh, while the water temperature and clarity will dictate when Barries Bay fires again on the pelagic front. Just take care, as there will no doubt be plenty of logs out there which generally aren’t good for travelling vessels.

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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