Report 4/10/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 4/10/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:30 am

After a terrific long weekend which saw many anglers take advantage of some great spring weather, this week has seen some much needed rainfall finally grace the mid north coast. Hopefully we see more follow up over the coming weeks before summer really kicks in.

In the estuary, flathead numbers have been first class with plenty of fish ranging from juvenile to around a metre right throughout the Hastings. This action should continue over the coming weeks and months as the water warms, with the food and the flatties becoming even more active. Some reasonable whiting are beginning to show up around Blackmans Point and up the Maria, with live worms and yabbies being by far the best baits. Still the odd blackfish around for those putting in the time, with both break walls and Limeburners producing the odd nice fish. Bream numbers however have been down a little in the lower reaches, although those targeting structure up river on lures have been seeing consistent action. On the mulloway front, with the full moon phase now upon us, no doubt there will be plenty of effort around the break walls with either live bait or large lures over this weekend period. For crustacean enthusiasts, mud crab activity has certainly picked up, while next week will no doubt see a few keen prawners taking a close look at Lake Cathie.

On the beaches, there has been a reasonable sprinkling of school mulloway off most stretches of sand, with the southern end of Lighthouse and North beach both giving up a few nice sized fish. The good tides at present should also assist. North beach has also been a producing the odd good bream, while most beaches are still holding varying numbers of chopper tailor. Look for the whiting action to improve once the water begins to warm, particularly in front of Lake Cathie.

Off the rocks, tailor remain reasonable with a few average sized fish encountered at daylight on both pillies and lures, particularly from the ledges around Point Plomer and Big Hill. Drummer reports have quietened a little in comparison to recent weeks, however a few anglers continue to manage a few nice fish each outing. Also off the rocks, some good sized groper continue to be taken, with both Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head providing some nice fish when conditions allow access to the deeper ledges.

On the offshore scene, kingfish numbers have been surprisingly good, with trag rock and the reefs in around 75m east of Port holding fish to around 10 kilos. Live baits and jigs have both been successful. Closer in, snapper numbers remain excellent, with both baits and plastics proving effective. There have also been a few pearl perch, teraglin and Sampson fish about, with the reefs off Plomer fishing well. We have also had a few reports of squid off both Port and Plomer, so taking a squid jig or two could well prove worthwhile.

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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