Report 26/4/17

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Report 26/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:30 am

It’s that time of year again, Anzac day has just occurred, bringing with it the first real westerly based winds of the season. This should see the commencement of the annual mullet run, which usually heralds the commencement of some great angling along our coastline. There’s definitely no better time than now to don the winter woollies and hit the water.

On the beaches, tailor have been terrific with both Lighthouse and North Beach producing well. Pilchards, whitebait and lures have all proven successful. Bream have also been first class, with worms, pipis and mullets strips fished around high tide the way to go. On the mulloway front, a few school sized fish have been taken on worms off North Beach and in front of Lake Cathie, however those chasing a larger model on flesh baits have largely been encountering sharks and rays. Look for improved results from now on, especially leading up to the next full moon.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality remain terrific with reports of fish over 2 kilos taken from Bonny Hills and Diamond Head. Bream numbers to have been excellent, with Plomer and Diamond Head both worth visiting. Drummer numbers remain encouraging and should begin to pick up further as the water slowly begins to cool. Land based game enthusiasts are still tangling with the occasional longtail tuna from Point Perpendicular and Hat Head, whilst the latter is still producing the odd cobia.

In the estuary, good flathead continue to be taken with Limeburners and the lower section of the main channel giving up some top quality fish. Whitebait remains the pick of the baits although lure enthusiasts to have been doing particularly well. Lake Cathie also continues to fish well for flathead, and of course whiting. Blackfish numbers are slowly improving with the south wall giving up a few reasonable fish. Look for a sharp improvement once the weather and water temperatures drop a little further. Bream numbers have picked up considerably as is often the case at this time of year, particularly following a fresh as we have recently received. Best results have been achieved around the break walls, with both yabbies and mullet strips effective. On the mulloway front, with the mullet now on the move, timing is perfect for chasing the better fish in the lower estuary.

Offshore, last weekend saw mixed results with some doing well and others struggling. Those fishing the evening tides found some terrific snapper, with Steve Atkins’ 10.25 kilo model sure to take some beating for the fish of the year. Those fishing the bottom during the morning tides achieved mixed results, with finding a bit of current seeming to be the key to success. Among the catches, a few nice kingfish and pearl perch were taken off Plomer. In Barries Bay, longtail and mac tuna have been common, however a few mackerel and cobia were taken when the current and water temperature picked up.

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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