Report 31/8/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 31/8/17

Post by subeditor » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:44 pm

With the days now beginning to lengthen noticeably, the chill beginning to leave the air and unsettled weather becoming increasingly common, it can only mean one thing. Yep winter is behind us and our spring angling season has arrived. This time of year is pretty well a transition period on the angling front. Our winter species are beginning to wind down, our summer species yet to wind up, but there remains plenty of options available no matter where your passion lies.

On the beaches, bream numbers and quality remain quite reasonable for this time of year, with most stretches of sand worth a look using either live worms or pipis. Those fishing after dark for school mulloway are still scoring consistent numbers, with North Beach producing a steady stream of fish to around a meter. Tailor remain reasonable, with the best reports have been from around North Haven to the south, and Crescent head to the north.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain reasonably consistent with some solid fish on offer for those willing to put in the time. Whilst a few local ledges are producing some nice fish, Hat Head has been fishing particularly well. The key as always is to be prepared to be mobile, and of course burlying heavily. Large peeled prawns and cunjevoi have been the pick of baits. On the tailor front, just when we thought the best of the year was behind us, this past week has seen some sensational greenbacks about. Best action has come from around South West Rocks, with 2 to 3 kilo fish common, and quite a few much larger models encountered, albeit largely unsuccessfully. Those fishing after dark have seemed to enjoy marginally better action.

In the estuary, flathead remain excellent, as they have pretty well all winter with lures in particular working well. Gone are the days when flatties were considered a summer time species, with recent years, and perhaps enhanced lures and luring techniques, confirming this species as a genuine year round proposition. Bream numbers are reasonable and there are some nice fish amongst them with good reports coming from around Hibbard and the canals. On the blackfish front, results from the lower reaches have in the main been disappointing, although the odd nice fish is about. If the break walls are your scene, a trip across the ferry may prove worthwhile. On the mulloway front, the break walls are still producing a few fish after dark, with live mullet or large soft plastics the weapons of choice.

Offshore, snapper numbers have been reasonable with the reefs in front of Port producing a consistent run of fish to around 5 kilos on both baits and plastics. Also on offer have been good numbers of pearl perch from the wider reefs off Plomer, whilst trag rock has yielded kingfish and a few nice mulloway. Leather jackets remain particularly thick beyond the 60m mark, with their appetite as savage as ever.

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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