Report 27/8/19

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Report 27/8/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:49 pm

With Spring only a couple of days away, we are now beginning to see some of the unsettled weather often associated with the change of seasons. Winds from all directions together with the odd decent storm will be standard fare. Let’s just hope this includes a bit of decent rainfall for a change, both locally and more importantly, across the rural sector.

In the estuary, best results have been achieved by those chasing flathead, with lures fished in the area between Settlement Point and Rawdon Island consistently achieving great results. Soft Vibes and soft plastics have again been the profiles of choices as they usually are when the water is on the cool side. The odd nice school mulloway has also been a welcome addition using the same methods, albeit either around structure on in the deeper holes. Off the break walls, blackfish have been quite solid, with greenweed, cabbage and weed flies all producing well. Bag limits of fish up to a kilo have not been uncommon. Along with the blackfish, a few reasonable bream have been on offer, with the better results seen after dark on gut baits or mullet strips. For those keen to target a larger mulloway, the evening tides at present are terrific, with either large soft plastics or hard bodied lures well worth throwing. Alternately, live mullet or whole squid are viable options if lures are not your thing.

On the beaches, results have been a little quiet as is often the case after a bit swell and before the beaches reform. Best reports have come from around Middle Rock with a few nice bream and school mulloway on offer. Live beach worms have been the bait of choice for the mulloway, while pipis and strip baits have worked well on the bream. North Haven has also held a few bream and tailor, albeit not in consistent numbers.

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Off the rocks, the big swell last week has shifted quite a bit sand which is good news, especially for drummer enthusiasts. Prospecting with either cunjevoi or prawns, together with a good amount of berley could well prove rewarding. Also off the rocks, reasonable reports of bream have come from around Plomer, whilst Shelley’s is worth a look for blackfish. Tailor remain a little quiet however Diamond Head has produced a reasonable fish.

On the offshore scene, results have been a little mixed courtesy of a significant current push down from the north. On occasions, the current has made fishing deeper than around 30m extremely challenging, although the reef fish have been quite active. As is normal at this time of year, snapper are excellent with soft plastics and jigs once again proving the premier methods for the better quality models. Those content to fish baits have been doing well on the pan sized fish, along with some pearl perch and the odd mulloway. Wider out on the game fishing front, a few yellowfin tuna are about, together with some late, or early season mahi mahi.


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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