Report 20/11/18

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Report 20/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:53 am

You can certainly feel summer is fast approaching, with a few recent days seeing the mercury climb beyond 30 degrees. Let’s just hope the summer angling is as hot as the predicted temperatures.

In the estuaries, flathead remain terrific with most parts of the Hastings, and Lake Cathie fishing extremely well. I know I say this most weeks, but we really have an excellent year round flathead fishery locally, particularly throughout the Hastings. This improvement has been evident for a number of years now, pretty well since the Hastings was decreed a Recreational Fishing Area some time ago. Irrespective of your views on this subject, the improvement is irrefutable. Also in the Hastings, mulloway remain active, with both break walls producing a steady stream of fish to around 15 kilos on both baits and lures. The current full moon phase should only enhance their activity. Whiting have also been improving, with Limeburners and Blackmans Point both well worth a look. Blackfish on the other hand have been a little elusive, much to the dismay of the local misanthropes. A similar story on the crabbing scene, with decent muddies far harder to locate than over recent months. Hopefully this will change in time for Xmas seafood feasts.

On the beaches, North beach continues to fish consistently for school mulloway up to around 10 kilos. Beach worms as usual are the gun bait for fish in this class, and the tides this weekend are ideal. Lighthouse to could be worth a look for a better than average model around this full moon phase, particularly if you find a few fresh tailor for bait. For day time anglers, bream and whiting are there to be found, along with a few late season salmon.

Off the rocks, a few tailor have been taken from Point Plomer and surrounds, while the same locations are also worth a throw for bream and blackfish. The next few weeks may also be worth a throw for a late season drummer, as recent years have seen good catches taken nearly up to Christmas. Many keen drummer fisho’s don’t mind this time of year at all, with the quality generally well up on the average fish encountered during winter.

Offshore, there are still plenty of snapper about with both lures and traditional bait methods productive. A few pearl perch, teraglin and kingfish are also on offer from the wider reefs. The FAD has been a little hit and miss although there have a few mahi mahi approaching 10 kilos on it, while wider still some terrific blue marlin have been encountered by the game fishing enthusiasts.

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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