Report 31/7/19

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 31/7/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:47 am

August can be a funny month on the piscatorial calendar. Once this time of year was not highly regarded at all, with many associating the month with a fair amount of wind and not so much action on the fishing front. However during recent times, some of the best winter angling has been enjoyed during this month, with plenty of options available both offshore and land based.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers are reasonably consistent with both break walls giving up reasonable numbers of fish to around a kilo or better. Greenweed has been producing the more consistent results, although cabbage and weed flies are both accounting for their fair share. Flathead numbers and quality remain terrific for this time of year, with both whitebait and lures enjoying equal success. Best results have been from around Hibbard and around Rawdon Island. Bream remain in solid numbers, with good results from the walls and up Limeburners after dark. Mullet strips and yabbies have both worked well. During daylight hours, soft vibes and soft plastics have been particularly effective. On the mulloway front, those throwing lures upstream continue to encounter a steady run of fish to around a metre, while the lower estuary continues to produce a few larger models on both lures and live baits.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers are reasonable with Rockies locally well worth a look. Best baits remain cunjevoi or large peeled prawns, although bread can at times prove highly effective, especially if this provides the base of your berley. Bream have remained consistent particularly from around Point Plomer, whilst Lighthouse locally has also held some quality fish. Tailor numbers haven’t been great, although the odd solid fish has been on offer with Crescent Head seeming to be the pick of locations. On the blackfish front, some excellent bronzies have been cruising the washes around town, with Lighthouse, Miners and around Shelley’s all work a look. A few groper are also active when conditions allow safe access to the more exposed ledges.

Of the beaches, results have been consistent if not spectacular with Lighthouse producing a few bream and solid winter whiting during daytime sessions, along with a few tailor on and after dark. The odd salmon remains on offer from most stretches of sand with pretty well all baits and lures viable offering for these hungry predators. Mulloway numbers however remain sparse in comparison with seasons past, and will likely remain so until the next decent fresh comes down our locally estuaries.

Offshore, some excellent bottom fishing has been on offer of late, with the reefs off both Plomer and Port producing snapper, teraglin, pigfish and some terrific pearl perch in around the 30 to 50 meter bracket. Best results on the better quality snapper have been achieved by those throwing lures, with this being the trend for many years now. Wider out, leather jackets have been largely absent off Port of late, however reports from the Camden Haven suggest masses of large fish are not too far away.

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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