Report 15/8/17

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Report 15/8/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:42 pm

Last weekend was saw the mid north coast enjoy another dose of sublime winter weather, with mild temperatures, light winds and calm seas. Unfortunately however, this coming weekend is not forecast to provide any of these desired characteristics.

In the estuary, nice flathead to around 2 kilos have continued to be caught over the past week, with soft vibes again proving the premier form of attack. I know I mention this type of lure often, but these things are just so effective many other lures, or baits for that matter seem to be distant second choice option. On the bream scene, the coal wall and surrounds provided a few nice bags last weekend, with chicken gut proving particularly successful. Whiting numbers are surprisingly good for this time of year, with Big Bay holding a few exceptional fish and Lake Cathie producing good numbers albeit a much smaller class. Blackfish numbers however remain down although look for the break walls to fish well if the swell predicted for late this week indeed eventuates. On the mulloway front, there are still a few school sized fish active around the up river structures and deeper holes, although tides this weekend are optimum for chasing the larger fish from the break walls and other locations in the lower reaches.

Off the beaches, results have been a little down over the past week which is not unexpected as winter winds down. North beach however is still giving up some reasonable bream, whilst Lighthouse has also produced bream and a sprinkling of tailor. If the seas don’t get up too much, chasing school mulloway from both locations could be worth the effort over the next few nights.

Off the rocks, there are still some nice drummer about, with Hat Head and locally around Nobby’s and Rocky’s producing some nice fish over the past week. It never ceases to amaze me why most drummer enthusiasts don’t prospect our local ledges a little more often, as there are certainly good fish to be had within 5 minutes of the middle of town. Tailor numbers have been down a little however the quality remains terrific, with Lighthouse producing some nice greenbacks throughout the week. Plenty of blackfish for those willing throw a bit of cabbage around, whilst night time anglers have been achieving some quality bream from both Plomer and Lighthouse. Groper also remain most active from pretty well all headlands for those keen to target them.

On the offshore scene, snapper numbers have picked up with good results achieved on both plastics and baits. Last weekend again saw the better fish taken from the wider reefs off Lighthouse, however closer in off Plomer had a much nicer water colour and as such, also fished well. Apart from snapper, a few pearl perch, teraglin and flathead featured in most catches. Interestingly, we have also had a run of barracouta offshore over recent weeks, with this species usually found in numbers further south than here.

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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