Report 29/6/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 29/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:30 pm

Our winter angling season is now in full swing, with those prepared to rug up and brave the cooler temperatures generally enjoying great rewards.

In the estuary, mulloway action has been outstanding with plenty of fish active throughout the Hastings. The break walls have been the places to be for the better quality models, with fish to over 20 kilos taken on both lures and live mullet. On the lure front, large bodies in varying brands have been the most successful weapons of choice. Those throwing plastics or soft vibes up river have also been scoring their fair share of school sized models. Also in the river, bream and blackfish have been consistent, with the break walls and Limeburners producing the better results, while around Blackmans Point has held some nice flathead. On the crabbing front, the back channel has been yielding some terrific blue swimmers of late, while mud crabs are still worth chasing around Rawdon Island.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain as good as we have seen this season, with plenty of solid pigs on offer from most locations. Best results have been achieved using cunjevoi, although large peeled prawns are also working well. As is usually the case with drummer, burly is essential if you wish to achieve extended periods of action. For blackfish enthusiasts, there are big schools of bronzies hanging around most washes, so floating a bit of cabbage should be rewarded, however don’t be surprised if the masses of pigs take great delight in smashing up conventional luderick gear. Bream numbers and quality remain solid although the upcoming moon may see the morning sessions more productive than after dark. Tailor remain consistent from most locations, with the upcoming full moon phase likely to see some better quality fish about, particularly late afternoons and after dark.

Off the beaches, once the swell backed down early in the week, some terrific bream have been on offer. Best results have come from North beach although Lighthouse has certainly been worth a look also. Lighthouse has also productive for tailor at first light, along with a sprinkling of nice winter whiting. Mulloway should also be well worth chasing with great tides beginning next week. Let’s just hope for settled conditions over this tide phase which would make a pleasant change from the last few good lunar phases.

Offshore, there have been a few nice snapper about with the reefs in front of Port faring best. As is often the case, those throwing soft plastics have managed the better quality fish although there have been plenty of pan sized models for those preferring conventional bait fishing methods. Wider out, a few kingfish and pearl perch remain viable targets, while those chasing squid on the closer kelp beds are still managing a few tasty cephalopods. Just a reminder, the NSW Fisheries FAD has been removed for winter maintenance, so don’t waste time and fuel looking for it for a few months!

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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