Report 21/8/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 21/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:10 am

After a one of the driest and coldest winters in some time, it looks like we may finally get some much needed rainfall this weekend. Let’s just hope the forecasts are on the money.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers have dropped off a little however there are still plenty of solid fish on offer for those putting in the time. As usual, the break walls are the most consistent locations, however Limeburners is also worth a look for those with access to a boat. Some nice flathead to around 2 kilos have continued to be caught over the past week despite the cooler waters, with whitebait achieving the better results by far on the bait side. For lure enthusiasts, quality hard bodied divers in the 75 to 90mm range, and similar sized soft vibes are the lure profiles of choice at present. The lower stretch of the Maria seems to be well worth checking out, as to the stretch from Hibbard to Rawdon Island and of course Lake Cathie. On the bream scene, Limeburners has been holding some nice fish for those fishing after dark, as has the coal wall and around Settlement Point. Mullet gut and yabbies have been the baits of choice. On the mulloway front, a few school sized fish have been taken up river on lures, while the moon and tides are terrific this weekend for targeting a larger model from the break walls. This tide fished very well last month, with lures and live baits both successful.

Off the rocks, hopefully the bit of swell early in the week may have cleaned out a few ledges. If so, drummer will be well worth chasing. Best baits will be cunjevoi or large peeled prawns, fished in conjunction with a steady stream of burly. On the tailor front, Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular have both been worth a look particularly at first light, with the humble pilchard as good as anything. Plomer has also been holding a few choppers as well as bream after dark.

For beach fisho’s, just when we were starting to see a few nice formations, the big swell early in the week will have likely flattened most beaches somewhat. However on the positive side, there are still a few nice bream on Lighthouse and North beach, while tailor have been quite consistent throughout the Camden Haven.

Offshore, once again conditions have not been overly favourable with only limited opportunities for most to get out. Those who have are still enjoying a terrific run of snapper with good reports from close in off Lake Cathie, in 70m off the Lighthouse, 50m off Plomer and no doubt most reefs in between. Lures and baits have both accounted for plenty of fish, with the former once again seeming to result in the better quality. We have also heard a couple of whispers regarding yellowfin tuna wider out, so fingers crossed conditions will allow the game fishing enthusiasts to do some serious investigations.

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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