Report 18/7/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 18/7/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:28 am

After some fantastic winter weather over the holiday break, normal service has resumed with a cool south westerly change hitting the state this week. Hopefully it will only be short lived and great angling conditions will soon return.

Of the rocks, reasonable reports on drummer continue to come in, with Hat Head, Diamond Head and several ledges around Plomer producing nice fish over the past week. There have been some solid pigs amongst them, highlighted by Luke Dwyer’s top fish which pulled the scales down to exactly 4 kilos. On the tailor front, the action has been a little patchy, however there remains enough fish in the kilo plus bracket to warrant the early morning starts. Also on offer have been consistent numbers of bream from most headlands, while the flat seas of last weekend saw a few nice groper taken from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular.

On the beaches at present, reasonable numbers of bream continue to be taken from both Lighthouse and North beach, with mullet strips, pipis and beach worms all working well. A few tailor have been on offer from Lighthouse and Dunbogan, with morning sessions seeing the better results. Whiting numbers remain better than expected with North beach and in front of Lake Cathie both fishing well, however expect this action to begin to taper over the coming weeks as the water begins to cool. No great news on the mulloway front however the big evening tides this weekend may see improved activity, conditions allowing of course.

In the estuary, blackfish remain below expectations however you will find a few on both break walls if you put in the time. Flathead numbers however remain excellent for this time of year, with Blackmans Point and the flats around Pelican Island well worth a go. On the bream front, numbers remain solid with the break walls and Limeburners fishing well after dark on baits, whilst those throwing soft plastics or soft vibes during the day have also been enjoying consistent action. This weekend should also be worth chasing mulloway, with large lures or live baits the way to go. We have also had excellent reports of blue swimmer crabs throughout the lower Hastings, so it might pay to set a few witches hats if you enjoy a feed of these tasty crustaceans.

Offshore results over the past week have been a bit of a mixed bag, with some days seeing great action and others proving challenging. Even though sea conditions have largely been favourable, water quality and temperature fine together with a reasonable current, there are times when fish are simply not switched on for reasons best known only to them. However on the positive side, a few reasonable fish have been on offer, with the odd good snapper on the close in reefs off Lighthouse and Port, some teraglin and pearl perch on the wider grounds, while nice sized leatherjackets have been in good numbers beyond the 60 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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