Report 16/7/19

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 16/7/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:42 pm

This week has been typical of mid winter weather. Offshore winds varying in strength from day to day, with overnight temperature dropping close to zero. Perhaps not ideal conditions for everyone, but if you are prepared to rug up that little bit extra, some great winter angling is on offer.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers have been consistent from both break walls, with greenweed, cabbage and weed flies each having their days. Flathead numbers remain excellent with consistent results from all parts of the Hastings. Soft vibes have been particularly effective on the lure front, while whitebait has been far the bait of choice. Gone are the days when flatties were considered a summer only species, with results just as good in the middle of winter as in any other part of the year. On the bream front, numbers and quality remain solid from the break walls and up Limeburners, although the current full moon phase may see them a little shy during evening sessions. Mulloway on the other hand have been most active, with several good fish taken off both break walls, along with a sprinkling of school sized up river. Off the walls, large soft plastics have been the lure of choice over recent weeks, however don’t discount large hard bodies during evening sessions over this full moon period.

On the beaches at present, results have been a little spasmodic. Lighthouse has been holding reasonable numbers of bream and a few nice whiting, while Dunbogan has produced the better tailor results. Most beaches are also producing increasing numbers of salmon. Mulloway numbers however have been significantly down from most locations, as they have been all season. It would appear the lack of any recent floods and the increased numbers right throughout the estuary may be a clue as to why.

Of the rocks, bream numbers remain solid, with fish to around a kilo taken from most headlands. Dawn sessions have been by far the most productive of late. On the tailor front, the action remains a little patchy, however most headlands are worth a look. Crescent Head seems to holding the better grade of fish. On the drummer front, results have picked up with some nice fish about. Positive reports from around Miners and Rockies locally over the past week, as to Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head for those who don’t mind travelling. Still plenty of blackfish about, with Shelley’s locally well worth prospecting.

Offshore, John from Ocean Star charters reports good numbers of snapper, pearl perch and some most welcome pig fish on most reefs. With little current and the water temperature around 19 degrees, conditions are perfect for prospecting the reefs using either baits or lures. Wider out, leather jackets are about if you are simply after a good feed, with the depth range from 70m to 90m holding a good class of fish. There are also still a few mahi mahi about, although just be mindful the FAD has been removed for winter maintenance.

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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