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Report 7/6/17

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:37 am
by Nicole Penfold
The June long weekend is traditionally a great time for angling in this part of the world, with both recreational anglers and those into club competitions eagerly awaiting this 3 day break. Let’s just hope the weather gods play fair and deliver more civilized conditions than those forecast earlier this week.

In the estuaries, mulloway activity has been up courtesy of the combination of a great lunar phase and plenty of bait in the lower reaches. Hard bodied lures have been particularly effective, however big plastics and live baits have also produced the goods. Flathead action remains excellent with good fish coming from most parts of the system. Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters has been putting plenty of customers onto some great flatties, with all manner of lures working well, most notably soft vibes. Reports also suggest there are excellent numbers of bream beginning to feed in the lower parts of the system, with the next couple of weeks likely to produce some terrific action. Mullet gut and yabbies will be the baits of choice. Blackfish numbers have been reasonable, however there have been reports from both break walls of a noticeable improvement in just the last few days. In general, a big sea at this time of year only benefits our estuary blackfish scene, so hopefully this will again prove the case. Further upstream, still a few good muddies around for the keen crabbers, and by all reports, the crabs are in top condition and as full as possible.

On the beaches, mulloway numbers have been excellent which is often case in the lead up to the full moon at this time of year. Lighthouse and North beach have both been productive, with Lighthouse if anything seeing a better grade of fish. Worms and tailor have been the baits of choice. Along with the mulloway, some nice bream to over a kilo have been taken, along with steady numbers of tailor. A few nice whiting are also still about around the entrance of Lake Cathie.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers continue to slowly improve with the ledges south of Port producing the better results to date. Locally, Shelley’s and Miners have been worth a look, although Lighthouse generally produces well early in the season, especially after the first big winter swell rolls through. Tailor numbers remain solid with Point Plomer and surrounds producing some better quality greenbacks, albeit not in consistent numbers. A few well conditioned winter bream are also around the washes, with evening and early morning sessions producing the better results, particularly around Big Hill and Plomer.

Offshore, there have been very few opportunities to get out over recent weeks courtesy of the constant southerlies. Those who have taken advantage of the brief breaks have been scoring a few reasonable snapper from close in, along with a few kingfish, teraglin and pearl perch off Plomer. Now the whales have arrived, look for snapper scene to really start picking up.

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