Report 16/1/18

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Report 16/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:50 am

This past week has seen summer take a brief hiatus on the NSW coast, with our normal hot and humid conditions replaced by a very cool and blustery southerly change. While this may have temporarily curtailed some angling options, the weekend ahead looks terrific and no doubt plenty of visitors and locals will again be out wetting a line.

In the estuaries at present, as has been the case pretty well all season, flathead and bream have been the pick of the species. Flathead have been pretty well everywhere with fish taken off the break walls, around Rawdon Island and most places in between. The best of the bream action has also been well upstream, with Rawdon Island and surrounds fishing particularly well. Surface lures in cicada profiles continue to be the gun bream offering. Also in the estuary, whiting have been consistent in Limeburners and at Blackmans Point, while the odd mulloway to around 12 kilos has been taken off the break walls.

Given the conditions, obviously the local beach and rock scenes have been non events for the past week. However now that conditions have begun to settle, opportunity beckons. Around the rocks, tailor, bream and blackfish will all be viable targets. Chasing drummer could also prove worthwhile despite what the calendar says. If the southerlies also result in some warm currents coming close to shore, an early season mackeral or cobia could also be on the cards. For beach fisho’s, no doubt the big swell will have flattened and filled in most existing structure, so a bit of exploration may be required. Just bear in mind however that after beaches are flattened, any small anomaly on an otherwise featureless stretch of sand can often fish better than any long term well established formation.

Offshore, obviously this week has been wiped out courtesy of the big seas and winds, however the weekend ahead looks promising. No doubt plenty will keen to see if the good run of marlin and mahi mahi enjoyed during the golden lure are still about, while no doubt some serious mackeral investigation will be undertaken in Barries Bay. Alternately, bottom fishing for snapper, pearl perch and other reef species has been quite good over recent weeks, as to the flathead grounds in around 55m.

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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