Report 19/12/17

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 19/12/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:07 am

In the estuaries, flathead remain excellent, as they have been for some time now, with both baits and lures working well. Best results have come from around Blackmans Point and Rawdon Island, although the lower reaches around Pelican Island are also fishing well. Whiting too are worth chasing, with some top quality fish about. Best results have been from Limeburners and Blackmans Point. On the bream front, numbers have been surprisingly healthy for those fishing the darker hours around Limeburners and the coal wall, while lure enthusiasts report good results from up river, particularly on cicada type surface lures.

On the crustacean front, mud crab numbers have picked up which is pleasing news for those wishing to enhance the Christmas menu. Alternately, the area between Hibbard and Pelican Island is worth a look for blue swimmers. On the prawning front, Lake Cathie was again disappointing this dark with very few managing a feed. Let’s hope next month sees some improvement.

On the beaches, there are still reasonable numbers of school mulloway on most stretches of sand, with Lighthouse and North Beach both worth a look. Live worms will of course be the bait of choice for these school sized fish, but don’t be afraid to use a larger slab bait as this time of year often produces a few big fish. On the tailor front, results are only sporadic with best reports coming from South Beach at Dunbogan. For those fishing the daylight hours, North Beach and Lighthouse have both been holding a few bream and whiting.

Off the rocks, despite average conditions, tailor numbers have been reasonable. While most fish are only choppers at best, the odd fish to around a kilo has been taken from around the Lighthouse. Apart from tailor, Plomer has held a few bream, blackfish and the odd school mulloway to around 10 kilos.

On the offshore scene, the weather has again not been kind however the brief southerly change forecast for the latter part of this week is most welcome. Let’s hope it not only breaks up the constant nor easters of late, but also brings a bit of warm blue water close in off our coastline. Of the few reports received over recent times, snapper and pearl perch have been reasonable off Plomer, while FAD has held some nice mahi mahi and borderline legal kingfish.

Until next week, good fishing, tight lines and a merry Christmas to all.

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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