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Report 1/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:32 am

From an angling perspective, the past week or so has been a little like groundhog day, with constant nor east winds all day, all night and day after day. Whilst you have still been able to fish most parts of the estuary, those hoping to head offshore, or enjoy a spot of beach or rock angling have been largely disappointed. Unfortunately it seems like we may have a few more days of this weather pattern yet, however the notoriously accurate weather forecasters are suggesting we may see the wind finally drop out early next week. Fingers crossed this indeed occurs.

As you could imagine given these conditions, virtually all action has focussed of our local estuary systems with plenty of anglers hitting the water despite plenty of red weed throughout the lower reaches. Star attractions have again been the summer staples flathead and whiting with some great results achieved on both species. Flathead numbers have been excellent with fish on offer from most parts. Best reports have come from around Pelican Island however both break walls have also produced their fair share of lizards. From a bait perspective, pilchards and whitebait have both been working well, while quality hard bodied diving lures seem to the offering of choice for lure enthusiasts. Lake Cathie, Limeburners and Blackmans Point have been the pick of locations for whiting, however those with boats who venture further up the Maria have reported a better class of fish. Closer to Port, the back channel has also been worth a look for these tasty targets.

Off the break walls, a few reasonable mulloway have been on offer, with live baits or whole squid the most successful offerings. There have also been some nice bream off the walls, with mullet strips and cut up pilchards both working well. The bottom of the tide has been prime time.

On the crabbing front, the Hastings has been most consistent for both blue swimmers and muddies. Best reports on blue swimmers have come from the back channel and around the Hibbard area, whilst around Rawdon Island and well up the Maria have both been worth a look for muddies.

Finally, as is always the case at this time of year, the buzz around the angling fraternity focuses on the Golden Lure. With the offshore conditions we have endured of late seeing virtually no one heading out since well before Xmas, it will be a level playing field for all entrants as far as intel and reports are concerned. We just hope the conditions turn out reasonable enough for all boats large and small to get out.


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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