Report 21/6/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 21/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:32 pm

Despite more rain, wind and big seas earlier in the week, this weekend is shaping up well from an angling perspective. The combination of good tides, reasonable weather and plenty of fish about is a great recipe for a good weekend ahead for all anglers.

In the estuary, bream numbers have been excellent with the break walls producing top quality fish to well over a kilo during both evening and early morning sessions. Bag limit catches have been common, particularly by those using gut baits or yabbies during evening sessions. Those fishing the walls have also been scoring some nice mulloway, with large hard bodies lures proving particularly effective on the larger fish. Further upstream, flathead action remains excellent, with lures and whitebait achieving the better results. And finally, much to the relief of practitioners of the noble art, blackfish have at long last begun to show up in better numbers. It seems the latest bit of crook weather sparked the action right up, with pretty well any location in the lower reaches of the Hastings worth a look. Lake Cathie has also been fishing well, with some quality fish to around a kilo and a half around the bridge. Greenweed, cabbage and weed flies have all been productive.

On the beaches, the big seas earlier in the week have seen a bit of a temporary setback however hopefully reasonable formations will remain once conditions settle. Bream numbers have picked up with Lighthouse and South Beach at Dunbogan fishing well, while school mulloway have been taken from both of these locations as well as North Beach. Tailor have been reasonable from most stretches of sand, with good reports of quality greenbacks coming from Diamond Head and Kylie’s Beaches to the south. Still a few nice whiting around the entrance of Lake Cathie with worms by far the bait of choice.

Off the rocks, our winter season is in full swing with plenty of fish about. To the north, Hat Head and Plomer have both produced terrific numbers of tailor, bream and drummer, along with a sprinkling of school mulloway. To the south, Point Perpendicular has yielded drummer, blackfish and tailor, while Diamond Head has been excellent for drummer and good bream. Locally, Lighthouse has been consistent on the tailor front, while Shelley’s and Rocky’s have been worth a look for drummer and blackfish.

Offshore action during the past week has been a little limited due to conditions, however those who managed to get out before the seas come up report some nice snapper from the close in reefs off Lighthouse Beach and Plomer. Best results have been achieved by those throwing plastics, with good numbers of fish in the 2 to 6 kilo bracket on offer. Apart from snapper, pearl perch and teraglin numbers are solid off Plomer, while a little wider, kingfish numbers have been reasonable with quite a few unstoppable models encountered on both live baits and jigs.

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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