Report 2/8/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 2/8/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:54 pm

This past week has been typical of the winter angling on offer on the beautiful mid north coast. A few absolutely sublime days, the odd westerly based blow, but most importantly some terrific fishing to be enjoyed by all.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers have been reasonable with both break walls producing some nice fish. However by all reports, the walls at Laurieton remain far more productive with good numbers of quality fish well over a kilo. Flathead numbers in the Hastings also remain quite good for this time of year, with soft vibes once again the go to lure. Bream remain in reasonable numbers, with those braving the cold and fishing the night time tides achieving the better results. Yabbies, mullet gut and chicken gut have again been the more successful baits. Limeburners, the coal wall and even upstream around Rawdon Island have all been worth a visit. On the mulloway front, the break walls are still well worth prospecting with either large hard bodied or soft plastic lures for the better quality fish, while the pylons of both highway bridges are holding school sized fish.

Off the rocks, despite a few of the more favoured ledges being more sanded up than we would like, drummer results have been consistent. Best reports have been from Hat Head and Point Perpendicular. Bream numbers remain solid, with Hat Head and Plomer giving up good bags, whilst Lighthouse locally has also held some quality fish. A similar story on the tailor front, with most ledges fishing well both dawn and dusk. Those fishing after dark around Hat Head and Plomer using bobby corks have also been doing well, with the average size a little superior to those fishing daylight hours. Also on offer at present are plenty of groper, with the flat seas we often see this month being ideal for chasing these tough brawlers from the more exposed or remote locations.

Of the beaches, Lighthouse has been consistent with reasonable numbers of tailor most afternoons, with both pilchards and metal lures working well. Bream numbers remain reasonable from both Lighthouse and North beach, whilst those using beach worms after dark have been scoring a few reasonable mulloway to around 10 kilos. Whiting numbers remain above average to which is most welcome at this time of year.

Offshore, a few encouraging reports on the snapper front have begun to filter in, however it seems most the fish are still slightly deeper than where we expect them to be at this point in the season. With the water temperatures only recently beginning to drop, it seems as if our winter snapper season may extent well into spring this year. Aside from the reds, bottom fisho’s have been finding only average results over the past week, with a few teraglin, pearl perch and flathead on offer. Leatherjackets however remain in good numbers beyond the 60 meter mark if you are simply wishing a good feed.

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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