Report 3/4/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 3/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:48 pm

You could not have wished for better weather over the Easter long weekend. As you would expect, the local waterways were a hive of activity with plenty of locals and visitors alike enjoying some terrific angling conditions.

On the beaches, some nice bream and whiting have been taken from both North Beach and Lighthouse, with beach worms and pipis each seeing good results. The southern end of North Beach has also produced a few nice flathead as it often does when a fresh is in the river. Whitebait has been the gun offering on this front. Tailor numbers also remain above average, with Lighthouse and the beaches throughout the Camden Haven fishing well. Dawn sessions have been the more productive of late. On the mulloway front, North Beach produced a few school sized fish around the full moon, as to the beaches around Lake Cathie. Beach worms as is usually the case are the prime offering for fish in this class.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers have been excellent despite the dirty water hanging around off our coastline. Most local headlands have held some nice fish, with the Lighthouse as consistent as anywhere. Plomer has also fished well for bream and school mulloway, while Diamond Head has also produced a few pan sized snapper which is always a welcome bonus for the land based angler.

In the estuary, following the recent floods some terrific action has been enjoyed in the lower reaches. Bream numbers and quality have been terrific as is often the case after a decent flush. Fish to over a kilo have been common primarily downstream of Settlement Point and in the canals, with mullet fillets and the humble school prawn both working well. Along with the bream, some nice tarwhine have also been taken, predominately on yabbies. Flathead numbers have also been excellent, with pilchards and whitebait working well, as have lures in either white or pink. While the mulloway action may have tapered somewhat from the break walls, some nice fish to around a metre have been encountered over recent days in the Hibbard area on both live baits and soft plastics. Also in the estuary, mud crab reports have been exceptional with big numbers encountered. As if often the case after a flood, you don’t need to travel too far upstream to find them.

Offshore reports have been quite consistent, however the absence of current and clean water in close has seen the mackeral action temporarily shift elsewhere. However with plenty of fish south off Crowdy and north around SWR, it is only a matter of time until the local haunts again hold fish. In the meantime, snapper and pearl perch have been active off Plomer, while Trag Rock has produced a few solid kingfish. Reports from the FAD have been quiet however a fresh push of current will no doubt see the mahi mahi fire again.

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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