Report 23/5/17

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Report 23/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed May 24, 2017 10:22 am

To date, May 2017 has been quite mild on the weather front, with both the air temperature and water temperature a little warmer than normal for this time of year. As a result, our angling season is running a little later this year which, on the positive side means the best of the action is still to come.

In the estuary, bream numbers are improving and should continue to do so over the coming weeks. Best results have been achieved during evening sessions, with mullet strips, gut baits and yabbies achieving the better results. Flathead numbers remain excellent, with quality fish on offer from all point between Rawdon Island and the walls. Those throwing lures, particularly soft vibes, have been enjoying the better results. These same lures have also been producing plenty of school mulloway from around the highway bridges and other holes and structure up river. Blackfish numbers are slowly picking up, although there are still plenty of throwbacks among the better quality fish. Greenweed and weed flies have both proven successful. Results however should improve markedly over the coming weeks when some of the big schools of bronzies hanging around the headlands move into the estuaries and begin feeding. Many expect the next big sea to see the season proper kick off in the lower estuary.

On the beaches, Lighthouse has been producing some nice bream and a steady stream of tailor, albeit mostly in the chopper class. North beach too has fished well for both species as well as a few late season whiting. School mulloway action remains consistent, with reasonable reports of fish from North Beach, around Lake Cathie and North Haven. With great tides from the latter part of this week onwards, results should be solid as long as conditions remain reasonable.

Off the rocks, tailor remain consistent, with Lighthouse, Miners and Shelley’s all giving up good feeds, however Point Plomer and surrounds have held the better quality fish. Night time anglers report increasing numbers of well conditioned bream, whilst the odd school mulloway has been taken on both beach worms and tailor fillets. Blackfish numbers have been reasonable, with Shelley’s and Miners locally certainly worth a look, while Plomer and the adjoining headlands have seen some encouraging early season drummer action. Look for results to further improve as the water cools over the coming weeks.

On the offshore scene, while the continued presence of 22 degree water in close has seen the snapper yet to fully fire up, results are steadily improving with a few cracking fish caught. Off Plomer, snapper numbers have been reasonable with both soft plastics and live baits proving effective, while the odd very nice fish has been taken close in off Lake Cathie. Squid are still worth chasing on the close in kelp beds off Port and Plomer, while the odd mackerel and longtail tuna are still about close in for those keen on some inshore pelagic action.

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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