Report 2/4/19

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Report 2/4/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:21 am

The past week has seen the first real cool change of Autumn. Whilst many will reach for some warmer clothing when this occurs, most anglers reach for their fishing gear with the weeks and months ahead prime angling time on the mid north coast.

On the beaches, tailor numbers have been steadily improving with both Lighthouse and North Beach worth a look. The tailor have been feeding on whitebait, so no prize for guessing what bait has been working particularly well. Those fishing North beach have also been finding quite a few salmon which is a little unusual for this time of year. The southern end of North Beach has also given up a few nice whiting and the odd bream, as to around Lake Cathie. Mulloway however remain a little elusive although should improve over the next month.

Off the rocks, tailor remain consistent, with Point Plomer and Crescent Head producing some better quality fish. Those using small metal lures are also beginning to encounter a few bonito as well. On the land based game front, longtail tuna remain in good numbers at most renowned ledges, with fish taken from many locations from Hat Head to Seal Rocks throughout the past week. Live baits have been the most successful option, however large metals or poppers are also well worth a go.

In the estuary, the early season run of well conditions blackfish has continued, with both break walls fishing well. Cabbage and bull weed have been offerings of choice. Flathead numbers remain reasonable although the better action now appears to be coming from upstream of the Dennis Bridge, whilst garfish and mullet schools remain abundant in the lower reaches. Bream numbers have been consistent without being spectacular, with the better reports again from around Rawdon Island. Look a big improvement however in the lower reaches towards the end of the month, or earlier if the river ever gets a decent fresh again. On the whiting front, Blackmans Point and the Maria continue to produce the better results, albeit not quite to levels enjoyed over recent weeks. While surface lures are still worth a go, yabbies and beach worms may well prove a more consistent tactic as the waters begin to cool. For those keen on tangling with a decent mulloway, live mullet, the lower reaches and change of tide are the three main phrases you should fish by for the next month or so.

Offshore, some terrific action has been enjoyed despite the variable conditions. Locally, John from Ocean Star has been putting his customers onto some solid mahi mahi action off the FAD, while off the bottom, snapper, pearl perch and the odd mulloway have been on offer. On the inshore pelagic front, whilst Spanish mackerel have continued to be inconsistent at best, spotted mackerel have been reasonable both off Bonny Hills and in Barries Bay. Terrific numbers of longtail tuna have also been around locally, whilst South West Rocks has been holding plenty of wahoo close in.


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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