Report 2/7/19

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Report 2/7/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:32 am

Our relatively mild winter has continued with quite pleasant temperatures and predominately onshore winds. At least last weekend saw a reasonable amount of local rainfall, although well short of what was really required with scarcely any real colour added to the Hastings, and negligible improvement to the Lake Cathie system.

Off the rocks, drummer are now in good numbers with most ledges worth visiting, as long as they are reasonably washed out and free of sand. Prawns and cunjevoi have been the pick of baits, however don’t discount using bread, especially if this forms the basis of your burley. Also off the rocks, bream remain in solid numbers, with Hat Head and Plomer both fishing well, while plenty of blackfish remain around the washes for those floating a bit of cabbage. On the tailor front, the big swell have temporarily ruled out many of the premier ledges, although by all reports there are some nice fish about. Just need the seas to settle.

Off the beaches, the constant swell during the week has seen conditions challenging at best. Despite this, a few reasonable formations remain present on both Lighthouse and North beach, with both locations holding a few bream and whiting. A few tailor have also been about when conditions allow access to the deeper gutters. Mulloway have been a little quiet apart from the odd school sized fish on North Beach.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain reasonable with pretty well all locations from the lower reaches producing fish. Best results again have been achieved from the south wall, although the coal wall too is well worth a look. Bream numbers have been just about as good as they get these days, with night time sessions in pretty well all locations producing good fish. As usual, yabbies and gut baits have been achieving the better results. On the mulloway front, a few nice fish to around 15 kilos have been taken off both beak walls, with large soft and hard bodied lures doing all the damage. Up river, a few school sized fish have also been on offer, while the canals are holding some nice trevally which are terrific sportfish.

For outside fishos, once again only limited opportunities have been available over the past week with few venturing out. Hopefully smooth seas will again return within the near future. Whilst reports have been limited, snapper numbers appear to improving close in, whilst wider out apparently the leather jackets have arrived in numbers. Might pay to make sure you have a supply of wire on board should you plan to venture out over the coming weeks.


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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