Report 18/12/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 18/12/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:36 pm

Christmas is now only a few sleeps away. Let’s hope Santa is kinds with plenty of new piscatorial toys, the festive break rewarding for those choosing to wet a line, and above all, a safe and joyous holiday season is enjoyed by everybody.

In the estuaries, our summer species are really beginning to fire with terrific action in both the Hastings and in Lake Cathie. Flathead have been especially active taking whitebait and mullet strips, as well as lures of all descriptions. Whiting to are on the bite, with worms, yabbies and surface lure all achieving good results. In the Hastings, avoiding the red weed is paramount to success, however to date upstream of Settlement Point has not been too adversely affected. On the bream scene, Limeburners has been fishing well during evening sessions, while around Rawdon Island surface lures have begun to perform very well indeed. For blackfish enthusiasts, the break walls are still worth a look with both cabbage and weed flies successful. On the mulloway front, there have been some school sized fish up river taking both lures and live baits, however with a full moon only a couple of nights away, the break walls could be well worth a look for a larger specimen.

On the beaches, red weed is a major obstacle at present, with enough on both North Beach and Lighthouse to make angling challenging. Unfortunately, the smaller beaches in town are faring far worse, with the stretch from Towns to Miners severely impacted. Hopefully we get an unseasonal dose of offshore winds to clear things up for the holiday period. If so, bream and whiting will be primary targets during daylight hours, with tailor and mulloway a good chance during evening sessions.

Off the rocks, best reports have come from around Diamond Head with some reasonable tailor and late season drummer. Locally red weed is a hindrance, although Plomer is still holding a few tailor, bream and blackfish.

Offshore, once again conditions have been simply terrible with the winds only abating for a brief period mid week. As such, reports have been few and far between. Hopefully conditions will stabilize over the Xmas period, as there are plenty of options open offshore. Snapper, pearl perch and kingfish will all be viable targets on the reefs and the flathead grounds east of the bar should be reliable for a tasty feed. Mahi mhai will no doubt be around the FAD, while wider still blue and striped marlin are already here, with the smaller blacks due to arrive with possibly the next push of warm water.


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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