Report 23/2/18

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Report 23/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:34 am

Estuary: Estuary fishing is well and truly at its peak now right along the mid-north coast. Bream, Flathead and Whiting are in huge numbers and their drive to feed is almost endless! This is great news for the local angling community. Flathead are being caught throughout the system at the moment on everything from drifted Mullet Strips to well-presented surface lures. I have had a lot of bait fishermen in particular say that they are catching a lot of smaller fish at the moment. If you are drifting and seem to hit a patch of small guys, re-do the drift a few times and you should eventually run into a bigger fish. Schools of Flathead will always consist of a few different sized fish as the small males love to hang about the bigger females. Bream are very thick in the lower end of the system and they are really healthy. Whiting at this time of year is fairly simple stuff. Find a sand bank with plenty of worm and yabby holes and pepper it with surface lures or beach worms/yabbies’ and it’s a sure thing.

Beach and Rock: Even with the small bit of swell that we have had this week the beaches have been fishing really well for Whiting and Bream. Once things settle down again there should be plenty of Mulloway about as well. The local rock platforms are alive at the moment with massive schools of bait and herds of predators hot on their tails. This past week has seen plenty of good reports filtering through so it’s definitely time to dust off the land based game gear!

Offshore: Offshore fishing is all about the pelagics at the moment. Mahi Mahi are holding really well on the FAD at the moment and most are of a decent size with quite a few fish being over 1m. Marlin continue to be about the inshore reefs in a big way and have been caught as close to town as Forster Main beach! The other usual suspects such as Cobia, Kingfish and Tuna are also cruising about the bait schools. The reef fishing really has taken a bit of a backseat of late however there is some great fish about. The inshore reefs are holding some great Mulloway at the moment for those wanting to fish live baits, Snapper are about but there isn’t many big ones about at the moment. Teraglin are fairly thick on the deeper reefs with the odd Pearl Perch thrown into the mix.

Luke Austin.
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