Report 27/3/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 27/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:33 am

After all the recent rain and minor flooding throughout the local area, our waterways are now beginning to clear just in time for the Easter holiday period. With Easter so synonymous with fishing, it looks like there could be plenty on offer over long weekend which is great news.

As if often the case during flood times, the lower estuary can produce some terrific action and this past week has certainly not disappointed, particularly on the mulloway front. The north break wall was the place to be with plenty of top fish taken on both hard bodied and soft plastic lures, with John O’Brien’s unassisted 33.80 kilo model the highlight. While the action will taper throughout the week in line with the system beginning to clear up, fish should still be on offer, particularly around tide changes. Apart from mulloway, some terrific tailor have been taken off the break walls, although only when the incoming tide pushes the clean water back in. Lures and pilchards have both been successful. Bream numbers to have also been excellent off the walls, with mullet strips and mullet gut both seeing good results. As the water begins to clean further up the estuary, look for the whiting to become very active, as to blackfish. On the crabbing front, while the fresh will most likely see the blue swimmers go off, mud crabs should be most active, particularly from the lower reaches.

On the beaches, once the seas began to settle, some solid action has been enjoyed. Best reports have come from the southern end of North Beach, with plenty of whiting and a few nice bream on offer. Beach worms have been the bait of choice. Mulloway will also be well worth chasing with terrific evening tides over the long weekend. Tailor should also still be on offer at dawn or dusk now the water has begun to clear.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers remain terrific despite the dirty water hanging around. Lighthouse has been quite consistent, as to Bonny Hills and Point Plomer. Don’t be surprised if some solid greenbacks are encountered around the full moon period, particularly during evening sessions. On the land based game front, while the fresh may have temporarily interrupted activities, long tail tuna and Spanish mackerel should still be well worth chasing from the more prominent ledges.

Offshore reports have been negligible as you would expect, however with the ocean and bar settling throughout the week, no doubt there will be plenty keen to head out. Barries Bay should remain well worth prospecting for mackerel and cobia, especially with the water in the bay reported to be clean again. Wider out the FAD should be worth a look for mahi mahi. For those content to fish the bottom, the reefs off Plomer and Lighthouse should be worth a look for snapper, pearl perch and other reef species.

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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