Report 9/1/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 9/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:23 pm

This past week has seen plenty of great angling action enjoyed throughout the mid north coast.

On the offshore scene, obviously the Golden Lure has been the focus of the week, with some great action on offer. Close in, black marlin have been quite common which is great for the smaller vessels, while wider quite a few blue marlin have also been encountered. In addition, some terrific mahi mahi have been landed together with the odd wahoo. Let’s hope the weather and ocean stay reasonable for the remainder of the tournament later this week. Also on the pelagic scene, rumour has it a couple of mackerel have already shown up in Barries bay, however the start of the season proper will likely still be a few weeks off. For those content to fish the bottom, some nice snapper to 8 kilos have been taken in around 50 meters off Shelley’s, while the reefs off Plomer continue to yield a few kingfish and pearl perch.

In the estuaries, the break walls have been fishing quite well with a few mulloway to around 15 kilos taken, together with a sprinkling of bream and flathead. Bream remain terrific further up river, with surface again the tactic of choice. On the flathead front, Blackmans Point and around Hibbard have both been productive, as to Lake Cathie despite the heavily tannin stained water. Just goes to show fish will still feed very aggressively in water colours we don’t see as necessarily attractive. On the whiting scene, Limeburners, Blackmans Point and the back channel have all been worth a look with either beach worms or yabbies.

Off the beaches, results have been a little subdued although a far better tide phase begins this weekend. School mulloway should be viable targets from both Lighthouse and North beach, with both locations fishing very consistently over recent months. For day time anglers, bream and whiting should be worth chasing, particularly at first light. These improved tides should also benefit those fishing the rocks, which apart from a few tailor and bream have been a little quiet over the past week.

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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