Report 7/8/19

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Report 7/8/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:59 pm

After an extended period of sublime winter weather, it looks like we are in for a bit of a blustery blow from the west together with a significant drop in the mercury. Nothing to be alarmed about, just normal August service being resumed.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain reasonably consistent both in the Hastings and Camden Haven, with some fish well over a kilo on offer. On the bream front, the break walls and coal wall are still yielding a few nice fish, although the better reports of late have come from a little further up river, with Limeburners and around Rawdon Island worth a look. Flathead numbers remain terrific for this time of year, with the stretch between Rawdon Island and the Dennis Bridge producing as well as anywhere on either lures, whitebait or mullet strips. On the mulloway front, the late tides have slowed the action from around the break walls, however most enthusiasts are still viewing the upcoming full moon period with enthusiasm.

Off the beaches, some better tailor have been about with most stretches of sand worth a look. The August full moon is renowned for producing big greenbacks off our beaches during evening sessions, so next week is promising as long as the ocean is reasonably settled. On the bream front, best results have been from the beaches north of Port Macquarie with mullet strips and pipis working well. On the mulloway front, results remain most disappointing apart from the odd reasonable fish on Grants Beach and South Beach at Dunbogan.

Off the rocks, some terrific drummer are about with either large prawns or cunjevoi the baits of choice. As has been case all season, finding the washed out or sand free ledges and gutters has been the key. Bream and blackfish numbers are also consistent from most locations. Tailor numbers however have been a little hit and miss, although as with the beaches, the August full moon period has historically been prime time for the better quality fish. Hat Head, Crescent Head and South West Rocks may be well worth a visit in this regard. If the predicted westerly winds flatten the swell, groper numbers are excellent from most headlands, with crabs of pretty well any description likely to gain their attention.

On the offshore scene, there has been some terrific bottom fishing on offer both in front of Port and off Point Plomer. Best results seem to be the in the 40 to 70 metre depth range, as long as the leather jackets are not thick. Snapper and pearl perch have been the main species on offer, although a few kingfish, teraglin and mulloway have also been encountered. Those throwing lures have been scoring the majority of the better reds, with fish as close in as around 17 metres off Lighthouse Beach, right out to around 70m when conditions allow. There are also plenty of flathead on offer just east of Port in around 55 metres if you are simply after a terrific feed.


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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