Report 24/10/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 24/10/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:39 pm

While this time of year is not generally renowned for producing spectacular results, there has certainly been enough angling action to keep anglers interested no matter whether your passion lies offshore, on the beaches or rocks, or within our estuarine systems.

In the estuary, flathead continue to dominate however whiting numbers are improving each week. Best bait for whiting remains either beach worms or yabbies, with Blackmans Point, Limeburners, the Maria and the Back Channel all well worth a look locally, whilst those travelling south to Lake Cathie have also been scoring some nice fish despite the system being closed. Look for the whiting to be responsive to surface from this point onwards, especially throughout Lake Cathie with plenty of prawns now active. Flathead are spread pretty well all throughout the entire Hastings estuary with areas upstream in both the Hastings and Maria rivers still fishing best, however numbers closer to Port have been quite good with fish taken from the back channel, Hibbard and Limeburners. Best bait continues to be whitebait, however lures of all types have also been scoring heaps of quality fish. On the blackfish front, the action has slowed a little in comparison with recent weeks, however the break walls are still worth a look on either cabbage or weed flies. For bream enthusiasts, best reports are still from around Rawdon Island, with some nice fish approaching a kilo taken on both lures and baits. For those keen on chasing bass up in the fresh, the Macleay has been on fire, whilst the Wilson, Maria and Hastings are all well worth prospecting.

Off the beaches, the constant winds have seen conditions challenging on most days although there are some nice fish about for those putting in the effort. As has been the case for some time, school mulloway have been consistent after dark, with both North Beach and around Lake Cathie again fishing well. There have also been quite a few nice whiting getting about, with the northern end of Lighthouse, Shelley Beach and Town Beach all worth a look.

On the rocks, the odd drummer is still on offer primarily from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular. Whilst the numbers may not be great, there have been quality pigs to around 4 kilos taken over recent weeks. Bream numbers remain reasonable however night time sessions are the go, whilst a few blackfish and groper are still being extracted from Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular.

On the offshore scene, in between the winds and rough seas, snapper numbers remain solid, particularly from the reefs in under 50 meters of water. Along with the snapper, pearl perch have been in good numbers while the odd sampson fish, teraglin and kingfish have also been on offer. For those enquiring about our NSW Fisheries FAD, although not installed as yet, we have been advised deployment is imminent. Hopefully we can confirm this, and GPS coordinates in the very near future.

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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