Report 20/8/19

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Report 20/8/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:20 pm

Another typical week in August on the mid north coast, with strong westerly based winds interchanging with noreasters every couple of days, with the odd sublime period in between.

In the estuary, flathead numbers have been solid and should further improve as the weather begins to warm and the fish become more active over the next couple of weeks. In the absence of any rainfall, best results have been from upstream around Rawdon Island and well up the Maria. On the bream front, the recent full moon phase has seen the night time action slow as you would expect, however those fishing around the leases up Limeburners are still scoring some nice fish. During daylight hours, best reports have been from up river with soft plastics and soft vibes fished in the deeper sections seeing consistent results. On the blackfish front, the break walls have continued to fish well, with bag limits reasonably common. Quite a few fish have been in the kilo class or better and in excellent condition.

On the rocks, some reasonable tailor have been caught albeit not in the numbers often seen at this time of year. Last season, the run of larger greenbacks was late with September being terrific, so let’s hope this year sees the same. Groper numbers are just about as good as they get, with the minimal swell of late seeing conditions close to ideal for chasing these tough fighting fish.

Suggested reading: Winter Blue Groper

Also on offer have been a few bream and blackfish on the early morning high tides, with Plomer fishing well. Drummer however remain a little elusive locally although those venturing well south of Port have been faring a little better.

On the beaches, tailor numbers have improved however remain patchy, although what fish are about have generally been good quality. Lighthouse and South beach at Dunbogan have both been fishing quite well, particularly during evening sessions. Mulloway numbers have been reasonable at best, with just the occasional fish to around 10kg being reported by those fishing the evening tides around the recent full moon. Bream however remain in consistent numbers with good reports especially from around Crescent Head.

Offshore, still a few schools of leatherjackets wider out although not in the numbers seen in recent years. If you are chasing a feed of the better quality models, head out to around 80m. Closer in, reef fishing was a little mixed as is often the case around the full moon. Pearl perch, teraglin and the odd mulloway have been on offer, as well as few nice snapper. On the snapper front, the next month or so is prime time for chasing reds whether it be via baits or lures. Now the moon has begun to wane, look for some terrific action on most reefs between 25m to 50m, as long of course as the weather gods play fair. Just look for bait or any signs of life on your sounder and generally the snapper won’t be 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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