Report 4/4/17

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Report 4/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:25 am

Although the weather has not been particularly agreeable over the past week, our autumn angling season continues to shape up very nicely indeed. A bit of foul weather and plenty of fresh in the estuary is all part of the annual cycle, often heralding good times ahead. And with some pleasing results over the past week, great tides this weekend as well as a good weather forecast, now is certainly time to get out on the water and wet a line.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers and quality have both improved noticeably. Best results of have been from the lower reaches, particularly the break walls, with cabbage and weed flies both successful. The lower part of the Hastings has also been terrific on the bream front, with quite a number of kilo plus fish taken from between Settlement Point and the break walls. Mullet has been a stand out bait although those throwing lures throughout the canals have also been doing well. Also in the Hastings, garfish numbers have been excellent around Westport and from the Lady Nelson Wharf, while upstream, mud crab numbers remain first class. On the mulloway front, the north wall has been producing a consistent run of school sized fish on both lures and live baits. With great tides over the weekend, a few better models may well be about. Further south, Lake Cathie has also been producing plenty of flathead and whiting, with the run up tide seeing the better results on both species.

On the beaches, while the more exposed open sections have been largely unfishable over the past week, the protected corners have been worth a look. Bream and whiting have been the predominate species. This weekend however should be terrific for chasing mulloway, with good tides and more settled oceans forecast. Tailor or beach worms will be the baits of choice, depending upon the class of fish you are targeting.

Off the rocks, the large swell has limited options however the season is beginning to shape up nicely. Tailor numbers are solid with the Lighthouse locally as good as anywhere. Bream and blackfish numbers are also picking up as you would expect as autumn progresses. On the land based game scene, there have been a few isolated longtail tuna encounters however look for a significant improvement when the water begins to clear and warm close in again.

Offshore, conditions have again been ordinary with virtually all locals confined to land for the best part of a week now. Fingers crossed the forecast for better conditions this weekend indeed materialises. If so, no doubt Barries Bay will see plenty of repeat custom, with the inshore pelagics ie mackerel, cobia and longtail tuna all distinct possibilities. Snapper should also be worth chasing close in on both baits and lures, while wider out kingfish and pearl perch are worth chasing as long as the current is manageable. The FAD will also be worth a look for mahi mahi.

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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