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Report 31/5/17

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:06 am
by Nicole Penfold
Winter has almost officially arrived once again, with many coastal anglers relishing this time of year. If you’re not already getting into the action, now is prime time to don the warmer clothing and enjoy the great winter angling on offer throughout the mid north coast.

In the estuary, bream and blackfish numbers have been reasonable, however the cold change and rough seas predicted for the latter part of this week may just prove the catalyst to fire them right up. If so, the break walls will be well worth prospecting for both species. Elsewhere in the estuary, flathead continue to be excellent and show no signs of slowing down, with most locations fishing well. Soft vibes continue to prove the most effective lure type on the market at present. Still a few nice whiting about for those fishing the shallows with either yabbies or beach worms, while those throwing the larger plastics in the deeper sections of the system are still scoring a steady stream of school mulloway. The break walls have also produced a few better quality mulloway to over 20 kilos, with both lures and live baits successful.

Off the beaches, bream numbers are slowly beginning to pick up, with the odd fish to over a kilo now on offer. Hopefully the upcoming full moon will kick start the beach bream season properly. Tailor however have been consistent with most stretches of sand producing fish both at dawn and dusk. Pilchards and lures have both proven effective. On the mulloway front, still plenty of fish on both North Beach, around Lake Cathie and North Haven. While most are in the school class, the odd fish to around 15 kilos has been taken, so presenting a tailor slab in lieu of a beach worm may just lead to quality over quantity, particularly in the lead up to the full moon.

Off the rocks, tailor catches remain consistent, with Point Plomer, Hat Head and around Lighthouse locally fishing well. No real signs of the larger greenbacks in any numbers as yet, although the upcoming moon may indeed change that. Also encouraging are increasing reports of drummer, with this action likely to further gain momentum in line with the water beginning to cool. Like the beaches, bream numbers and quality have begun to improve, with dawn sessions producing the better results to date. A few nice groper have also been on offer during the recent calm seas.

Offshore, although early forecasts for this weekend are not promising, snapper numbers have picked up and should continue to do so as the water cools. Best results will be achieved by either using soft plastic lures on the drift, or alternately bait fishing at anchor whilst using plenty of burley. Also on offer offshore have been a few kingfish, pearl perch and other reef species, along with mulloway during evening sessions. Still a few mahi mahi at the FAD for those heading out a little wider.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie