Report 23/1/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 23/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:47 am

Unfortunately the Xmas school holidays are about to come to an end, but haven’t we enjoyed some terrific holiday weather and great angling over the past month.

In the estuary, flathead numbers remain consistent, with plenty of fish around the 40cm mark and the occasional better model. Best bait as usual is whitebait, however lure enthusiasts continue to achieve great results. Reasonable numbers of whiting are also being caught both in Limeburners and at Blackmans Point on both beach worms and yabbies. Also in the river are plenty of garfish, with either peeled prawns or bread working well, while a few nice bream have been on offer in lower reaches on baits, or upstream on surface lures. Some nice mud crabs have also been taken up river, assuming you get to check your traps before someone else.

Off the beaches, a few structures are starting to reform after the big seas of last week. Reports have been a little slow although a few bream and whiting have been taken from both Lighthouse and North Beach. Chasing a mulloway could also prove worthwhile with good tides and lunar conditions kicking off this weekend.

Off the rocks, some reasonable tailor are about along with increasing numbers of bonito. If you’re after bonito, small metal slugs around 20 grams, particularly in white, have been working well. No real news on the Land Based Game front, although the enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the next push of warm blue water. Longtail tuna, cobia and Spanish mackerel will all prove viable targets, depending upon your chosen location.

Offshore, last weekend saw simply sublime conditions with not a trailer space available at the Westport boat ramp. While conditions offshore could hardly get any better, results were a little hit and miss. Those fishing the bottom scored mixed results, with a few snapper off Port and Plomer, the odd pearl perch and some reasonable kingfish mainly wide off Plomer. On the pelagic front, some small black marlin were about close in off Plomer, with the odd mahi mahi wider out. The FAD was a little quiet however the next pulse of current and warm water will likely see the action pick up again. Early reports of Barries Bay are still hit and miss, with a couple of couple of cobia encounters, the odd unidentified bite off and possible sighting of spotted mackerel being the reports to date. No doubt the bay will see plenty of interest from this point onwards, particularly if we get a southerly change around the next full moon.

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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