Report 31/7/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 31/7/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:42 pm

Another typical winter week on the mid north coast. A few cool evenings, a bit of wind on occasions all mixed in with some sublime days. Standard fare for this time of year and ideal for a spot of winter angling.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain consistent with the past few weeks seeing the best action of the season thus far. Both break walls are giving up terrific fish well above 1.5kilos, as to the recently opened Lake Cathie. Greenweed has been producing the more consistent results, although those fishing cabbage or weed flies have also seen success. Flathead numbers and quality remain terrific for this time of year, with both whitebait and lures enjoying equal success. The Hibbard area of the Hastings seem to be the pick of locations. Bream remain in solid numbers, with evening sessions again fishing well following the recent full moon phase. Leading up to the moon, some terrific mulloway to around 20 kilos were taken from the break walls on both lures and baits. A few school sized models have also been encountered on soft plastics further up river. We have also received a few positive reports on whiting from Lake Cathie, with those braving the cool evenings enjoying the better action.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain reasonable although the seas have seen quite a bit of sand moving around our headlands over the past week. As is the case with this species, finding locations absent of stirred up sand is paramount to success. On the tailor scene, most headlands continue to provide solid results on fish to 2 kilos, while reports from Plomer suggest bream are well worth chasing at first light and after dark. If the seas really flatten out, you won’t get a better time of year for chasing groper if you really want your gear and back tested.

Of the beaches, Lighthouse has fished well for tailor and bream with evening sessions seeing the better results. The entrance of Lake Cathie has also held a few whiting and bream, with beach worms working a treat. Mulloway reports are down a little although there are plenty of salmon on most beaches to provide great sport if little else.

Offshore, snapper season is in full swing with several bag limit catches over the past week on both baits and lures. It seems fish are everywhere from the close in reefs off Lake Cathie right out to around 80 metres. Those fishing the wider reefs have also been scoring pearl perch, mulloway, teraglin and a few nice kingfish, while the 55m flathead ground has been very productive.


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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