Report 26/3/19

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Report 26/3/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:51 pm

At long last we are finally beginning to see the first real signs of Autumn. Southerly based winds are now becoming more common, whilst also beginning to tend offshore more frequently. These are great signs from an angling perspective, with arguably the best time of year just about upon us.

On the beaches, although there are still a few pockets of red weed hanging about, there are plenty of clean patches in between well worth prospecting. North Beach has certainly been worth a look for tailor, with good numbers of fish to around a kilo taken on both pilchards and metal lures. South beach at Dunbogan has also been holding some nice tailor. Best reports on the bream and whiting have again come from the southern end of Lighthouse and around Lake Cathie, with pipis and worms the baits of choice. Mulloway reports however have been a little quiet although look for a significant improvement next month.

Off the rocks, tailor are increasingly common with Lighthouse locally producing consistent results, while Point Plomer and Crescent Head have given up some better quality fish. A few reports on drummer are beginning to filter in from Crowdy and Diamond Head, whilst blackfish numbers are reasonable from around Shelley’s and Miners. On the land based game front, longtail tuna numbers are excellent with large schools spotted from many locations, including the north wall at Port, Point Perpendicular and further south. Hat Head is also worth a look, particularly if Spanish mackerel is on your bucket list.

In the estuary, blackfish results remain above average for this time of year, with the south wall and surrounds seeing some solid fish taken. A few good bream also remain on offer, particularly for those fishing the walls after dark. Limeburners and Settlement Point have both produced reasonable results as well. Flathead numbers remain consistent, whilst garfish schools have been abundant around the police station and Pelican Island. On the whiting front, Blackmans Point and the Maria are still producing the goods, although Limeburners to is well worth a look. Reports have also come in of plenty of mullet moving into the lower reaches, with their annual seaward migration now not too far off. This should not go unnoticed by mulloway enthusiasts, as it certainly wont go unnoticed by the mulloway themselves.

Offshore reports have been mixed with the water colour terrific one day, and an uninspiring shade of green the next. Mahi mahi numbers have been excellent, with the FAD and any trap buoys holding terrific numbers of fish to around 5 kilos. Live baits and lures have both been effective. Closer in, spotted mackerel numbers have been reasonable in both Barries Bay and south off Bonny hills, however the Spanish have been rather inconsistent. Plenty of bonito are also about with small white metals the go. On the bottom, a few nice snapper have been off Shelley’s in around 40m, whilst wider off Plomer a few kingfish and mulloway have been taken on live baits.


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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