Report 28/8/18

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Report 28/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:31 pm

With Spring now virtually upon us, let’s hope the warmer weather brings with it some more much needed rainfall, and of course some great angling. While winter is regarded by many as the premier angling season of the year, Spring should not be underestimated, as the warming weather and waterways bring a whole new angling dynamic into play, with some great action to be enjoyed.

In the estuary, there are still a few reasonable blackfish in both the Hastings and Lake Cathie. While the numbers may have dipped a little, the quality is still there. On the bream front, the recent full moon saw the evening bite a little timid as you would expect, however the past couple of days has seen a few nice fish taken from Limeburners and the coal wall. Flathead numbers however remain first class, with most of the lower Hastings and Lake Cathie fishing very well indeed. Once again, those using lures are seeing the better of the action, however if bait is your thing, whitebait is by far the morsel of choice.

In other estuary news, the entrance to Lake Cathie has reformed to a degree after virtually closing following the large swell last week. I guess mother nature will once again dictate whether the system stays open for long or not, but with the amount of sand near the entrance, I suspect the next big sea will signal the end of this years very brief period of opening.

Of the beaches, results have been quite subdued which is somewhat of a reflection on the lack of formations following last weeks big swell. Those who have located any close in gutters are still scoring a few nice tailor, with the beaches south of Port again faring best. Locally Lighthouse and North beach have held a few bream and the odd nice winter whiting.

Off the rocks, tailor have been terrific with good reports from most ledges. Locally the Lighthouse and surrounds fished very well around the recent full moon period, while those who travelled north to around South West Rocks scored some excellent fish well above 2 kilos. This is often the case up there around the full moon at this time of year, something worth taking note of if chasing quality tailor is your scene. Also off the rocks, a few bream and school mulloway were taken from Plomer and Big Hill, whilst Diamond Head is worth a look for drummer and blackfish.

On the offshore scene, conditions have again been quite unsettled with few good days available. Those who have managed to get out report snapper numbers remain terrific with many stating this the best season for reds in many years. Best reports of late have come from the reefs south of Port, both close in and wider out to around 70m. Apart from snapper, a sprinkling of kingfish, teraglin and pearl perch have been on offer, while the flathead grounds in around 55m have been quite 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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