Report 2/1/17

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Report 2/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:54 am

2018 has finally arrived and let’s hope it turns out to be a cracker on the piscatorial front. At this stage, all pointers are certainly positive with the warm ocean currents having finally arrived in our area, a bit of decent colour in our estuarine systems, and plenty of fishing opportunities well worth pursuing at present.

In the estuary, despite the recent rainfall some excellent results are still being achieved. Bream numbers remain terrific with those chasing them up river on surface lures enjoying the best season for quite a few years. Any type of cicada imitation is worth throwing. The same applies further upriver in the fresh, with the bass action terrific, again with surface lures the presentation of choice. Lower down, the break walls have been fishing quite well with a few school mulloway and solid flathead on offer. Regretfully though, some people still seem to struggle with understanding the rules relating bag and possession limits for flathead over 70cm. You are allowed to keep one fish over 70cm per day, with a maximum possession limit of two. Relocating each fish to the car or caravan before returning to target additional fish does not circumvent these rules. The rules are there for a reason folks.

On the beaches, results have been a little inconsistent during daylight hours with only a few bream, whiting and tailor here and there. Best reports however have come from those chasing mulloway during evening sessions which is not surprising given the moon phase over the last week. Both Lighthouse and North Beach have been producing well, with beach worms, whole squid and tailor fillets all scoring fish. A few solid green back tailor were also caught after dark by those chasing mulloway on tailor fillets.

Off the rocks, tailor have been a little better with the Lighthouse and Plomer both worth a look. We have had a few reports of bonito as well which is certainly pleasing. Those fishing the darker hours have also been scoring a few school mulloway with whole squid and tailor fillets proving the baits of choice. Elsewhere off the rocks, Diamond Head is still producing the occasional drummer, while Plomer has held a few blackfish.

Offshore, the southerly changes of late have the desired effect of bringing the warmer currents, together with a host of pelagics, closer to shore. This is great news with the 2018 Golden Lure kicking off this weekend. Over recent days, both blue and black marlin have been encountered in reasonable numbers, while mahi mahi have been everywhere with many fish well in excess of 10 kilos. Those content to fish the bottom have also been doing well, with some nice snapper and pearl perch in around 40m off Shelley’s, and kingfish off Plomer in around 60 to 70 meters. Best results on the snapper have been achieved by those anchoring and burlying, while the kingfish have responded to both live baits and jigs.

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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