Report 24/4/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Report 24/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:05 am

It would appear Autumn has finally arrived on the Mid North Coast with this week seeing consistent southerly winds, a decent drop of rain and noticeably cooler temperatures. All these are generally a precursor to some red hot angling over the coming months and hopefully 2018 will prove no exception.

On the beaches, despite conditions not being at all optimum, some reasonable fish have been about. Lighthouse and South beach at Dunbogan have both fished consistently for tailor on the days when the swell has been down. Small metals continue to do well, as to the often overlooked whitebait. North Beach has also held a few nice bream, with pipis and beach worms working well. A few school mulloway were also taken from around Lake Cathie earlier in the week, with beach worms the winning offering.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality remain terrific with reports of fish over 2 kilos taken from Bonny Hills, Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head. Lighthouse locally is also well worth a look. Bream numbers to have picked up, with some of the more protected locations fishing quite well during the recent rough seas. We have also had a few early season reports of drummer, with a few fish in excess of 2 kilos taken. For the land based game enthusiasts, apart from a few isolated longtails locally, most of the action has been further down the coast.

In the estuary, good flathead continue to be taken with the Maria, Limeburners and the main channel giving up some top quality fish. Whitebait remains the pick of the baits although lure enthusiasts to have been doing particularly well. Blackfish numbers are slowly improving with the south wall continuing to give up a few good fish, however the favoured haunts upstream remain inconsistent. Cabbage and bull weed have been the offerings of choice. Bream numbers have picked up considerably as is often the case at this time of year, particularly following a fresh as we have recently received. Best results have been achieved around the break walls, with both yabbies and gut baits proving effective. On the mulloway front, the north wall has held a few fish around the metre mark, and with the mullet now congregating in the lower reaches ready to put to sea, no doubt there will be a few larger models shadowing them.

Offshore, last weekend saw rather unpleasant conditions with the undesirable combination of wind against tide. Most fishing was confined to the close in grounds, with only a few reports of snapper. Barries Bay however was worth a look on the pelagic front with a few cobia, Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mac tuna on offer.

Finally, in regards to access to access to Westport boat ramp over the upcoming Ironman period, despite some misleading signage put out over the last week, we can confirm the ramp will be closed during the period 3/5/18 to 8/8/18, with only limited parking available from 26/4/18 until completion.

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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