Report 23/4/19

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Report 23/4/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 pm

The next couple of months following ANZAC Day is arguably the premier time of the year for angling on the mid north coast. Offshore, the waters remain warm, along the coastline our bread and butter species are due to commence their annual spawning runs, while up river the fresh water scene remains worthy of attention. Put simply, there is something to offer everyone no matter what type of angling you prefer.

In the estuary, reasonable numbers of flathead continue to be taken with around Rawdon Island, Limeburners and the main channel at Hibbard giving up some top quality fish. Whitebait remains the pick of the baits although lure enthusiasts too have been doing particularly well. Blackfish numbers remain solid with the south wall continuing to give up a few good fish, with cabbage the bait of choice. Bream numbers have been reasonable up around Rawdon Island, however look for an improvement in the lower reaches over the coming weeks, particularly if the Hastings ever sees another fresh. On the mulloway front, while the recent full moon phase in the Hastings produced only a few fish predominately from the North Wall, the reports from the Camden Haven breaks have been far more encouraging. On the crabbing front, up river has been excellent for well conditioned muddies, while the weed beds downstream on Blackmans Point have yielded some tasty blue swimmers.

On the beaches, red weed is still about although there are plenty of clear locations with the bulk of the weed at the whim of the wind and currents. Daytime anglers have been finding a few reasonable bream and whiting on Lighthouse, while North beach has again held tailor at first light. School mulloway have been elusive although the odd fish has been taken from around the Camden Haven and Crescent Head.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers have picked up as has the quality with reports of fish over a kilo taken from Bonny Hills and Diamond Head. Those using small metals have also been scoring plenty of bonito in among the tailor. Land based game enthusiast are still tangling with consistent numbers of longtail tuna, with fish encountered at Nobby’s, Blueface, Grants Head and of course Point Perpendicular.

Offshore, Geoff from Fish Port Macquarie Charters reports the reefs in around 50m off Port have been fishing well for snapper, pearl perch and the odd most welcome pigfish. The sand tracts just wider have also been producing a terrific run of flathead to around 60cm. Wider again, the lack of current has seen some nice bass groper, blue eye trevalla and bar cod taken from the deeper water, although this lack of current has seen the mahi mahi action at the FAD taper significantly.


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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