Report 7/7/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 7/7/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:43 pm

This past week has seen more of the usual winter fare. Cool nights and clear days combined with predominately westerly breezes, with a bit of weekend swell thrown in. Plus of course, some terrific winter angling for those choosing to get on the water.

In the estuary, the outstanding mulloway action of the past month shows no sign of slowing, with good numbers of fish ranging from school size to around 25 kilos taken over the past week. As is usually the case, live baits and large lures have accounted for the better quality models. No doubt this weekend will see plenty chasing these apex estuarine predators. Blackfish numbers and quality have been reasonable, with pretty well all locations from the lower reaches producing a few fish most days. Best results have been achieved from the break walls locally. Bream numbers remain solid from most locations in the lower reaches, although the bright moon at present may see them a little shy of an evening. Flathead numbers have been solid with good fish taken on both bait and lures. Best reports have been from around the Blackmans Point area.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain solid. Most of the local ledges have been producing a few fish, with Shelley’s and Lighthouse arguably the pick of locations. As you would expect in this post abalone gut era, cunjevoi has proven the bait of choice, however large prawns, hermit crab tails and cabbage fished under a float have all accounted for fish. Also off the stones, bream remain solid with the quality terrific, with the same applying to blackfish. Tailor remain consistent from most ledges, with the better quality greenback likely to be seen during evening sessions over the next few nights leading up to the full moon.

Off the beaches, once last weekend’s swell backed down, fishing has been excellent as it usually is at this time of year. Tailor have been consistent with good reports coming from south beach at Dunbogan, and Lighthouse locally. As with the rocks, look for the better fish after dark as the big moon rises. Tailor or bonito fillets are perfect offerings for big greenback tailor, and also double as a terrific mulloway bait. Bream have been terrific off most stretches of sand, with North beach arguably producing the better quality fish. School mulloway also remain in good numbers with the tides and moon terrific over the next few nights.

For offshore fisho’s, last weekend’s swell was somewhat frustrating although hopefully this weekend will see more settled conditions. If conditions comply, I expect plenty of patronage on the closer reefs, with snapper on plastics the target for many. Based on limited reports over the past couple of weeks, the winter snapper season has certainly picked up and should further improve over the coming weeks. Wider out, a few nice kingfish and pearl remain on offer, although we are hearing a few reports of leatherjackets, particularly from around the 70 meter mark.

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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