Report 11/4/17

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Report 11/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:15 pm

Easter time is regarded by many as being a premier time of the year to wet a line, with two main factors attributing to this spike in interest. The primary reason of course centres around Good Friday, with the other being this time of year generally heralds the start of the spawning run for many of our bread and butter species. Put simply, Easter is simply a great time to wet a line, with the only ingredient likely to put a spanner in the works being the weather, which traditionally can be quite cantankerous at this time of year. Lets hope 2017 sees the weather gods smile on the Mid North Coast.

On the beaches, improved numbers of tailor have shown up which is certainly most welcome. Best results have been achieved during evening sessions, with Lighthouse, North Haven and South beach at Dunbogan all worth a look. If you are keen to score a better than average model, fish after dark with either bonito or tailor fillets, with this form of attack also ideal for a better than average mulloway. Also off the beaches at present, bream numbers are better than expected and should further improve over the coming weeks, while a few nice whiting remain on offer, especially around the entrance to Lake Cathie.

Off the rocks, tailor are on most headlands in solid numbers, with Point Plomer and surrounds producing some better quality fish. A few reports on drummer have begun to filter in, whilst blackfish numbers remain consistent, with several quality fish and bags taken. Bream numbers too have been reasonable despite the full moon phase, with Racecourse among other ledges giving up some nice fish. From a land based game perspective however, results remain subdued however the season is far but over. As long as we don’t receive any further significant rainfall, look for a sharp improvement once the south west winds finally clean and warm up our onshore waters.

In the estuary, good bream are still being taken in the lower reaches, particularly for those fishing at either dawn or dusk. Limeburners and the coal wall have both produced well. Flathead numbers remain reasonable in both the Hastings and Lake Cathie, whilst garfish and mullet schools remain abundant. Good to see a few blackfish coming into the system, with some nice bronzies being taken from the lower reaches, predominately on either cabbage or weed flies. The recent full moon phase also saw a few reasonable mulloway taken from the break walls and surrounds, with live mullet not surprisingly the bait of choice.

Offshore, the inshore pelagic scene has been interrupted by the poor water clarity resultant from our recent floods, however look for a few fish to again be on offer once the water clears. In the meantime, trag rock has held a few nice kingfish, while the other reefs off Plomer have yielded reasonable numbers of snapper, teraglin and pearl perch.

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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