Report 3/11/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 3/11/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:25 pm

The past couple of weeks have been quite frustrating from a weather perspective, especially for those seeking to wet a line outside the protection of the estuaries. We seem to getting constant shifts between nor easters and southerlies, with little respite in between. Unfortunately this is standard fare for this time of year pending our normal summer weather patterns which should hopefully start to settle in later this month.

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting have been excellent with all pointers indicating another great summer season ahead. As per recent weeks flathead have been coming from pretty well all locations on both lures and bait, with the area between Hibbard and Rawdon Island arguably producing the better results. Best whiting results have come from around Blackmans Point, however Limeburners and of course Lake Cathie are also worth a look. Those fishing Lake Cathie on surface lures have also reported a significant increase in whiting responses, which usually coincides with increased prawn activity. Food for thought with another dark commencing in around a week. For the blackfish enthusiasts, there are still some nice fish to around a kilo in the lower reaches, with the south wall fishing as well as anywhere on both weed flies and cabbage. On the mulloway front, a few school sized fish have been encountered up river, primarily on plastics, however the lower reaches should be worth prospecting for larger fish over the next few nights with the tides and lunar phase ideal.

On the beaches, despite only reasonable conditions school mulloway action remain terrific. Best results have come from North beach, although around Lake Cathie has also been worth a look. Apart from mulloway, dawn sessions have been yielding the odd bream and whiting, with beach worms by far the pick of baits.

Off the rocks, a few tailor are now on offer although by and large catches are spasmodic as is the size, with most bags seeing a mixture of choppers and only the occasional good fish. Night time anglers continue to pick up a few bream, with Big Hill and Racecourse both producing fish. The odd drummer is still around for those willing to put in the time, however the increasing nor easters have seen many of the better ledges begin to sand up as is usually the case at this time of year. Still a few blackfish and groper around, with Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head again producing the more consistent results on both species.

Offshore, conditions have again not been ideal with limited access courtesy of the weather. Of the few reports we have had, snapper remain reasonable from most parts on both baits and plastics, while good pearl perch were present in front of Port in around 45m. For mahi mahi enthusiasts, we can also confirm the NSW Fisheries FAD has again been deployed for the summer months, with its location unchanged from GPS co ordinates 31 24 567 – 153 04 725.

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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