Report 3/9/19

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Report 3/9/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:05 pm

Winter is now officially behind us once again, and already we are experiencing days with the mercury up to 30 degrees. Add to this the distinct lack of meaningful rainfall over the past year or more, and you certainly get the feeling another long and hot summer is on the way. Hopefully our local angling scene will prove just as hot.

In the estuary, flathead numbers have picked up noticeably as is often the case with the first dose of warm spring weather. Whitebait as usual has been the pick of the baits, however those throwing lures of pretty well any description continue to achieve consistent success. Bream numbers to are reasonable, with better reports now coming from further upstream. In the absence of any significant rainfall in the short term, it is difficult to see this trend changing. On the blackfish front, the break walls are still fishing consistently well for fish to around a kilo. There have even been a couple of drummer encountered on both break walls by the blackfish enthusiasts, which really spices things up on the light gear. The exceptional run of mulloway seen over the past few months continues, with fish on offer from most parts. As usual, live baits and lures are seeing equal success. The lower reaches have seen fish mostly in the 10 to 20 kilo bracket, while the upper reaches have seen mainly fish in the 5 to 8 kilo class.

On the beaches, those fishing the morning tides have continued to score a few bream from both North beach and the northern half of Lighthouse, whilst those fishing the evening sessions have been finding just a few tailor from both Lighthouse and the beaches south of Port. Mulloway numbers however remain subdued on the whole, however around Middle Rock or Grants Head could be worth a look I believe.

Off the rocks, blackfish numbers remain solid, with some quality fish being snared both locally, and around Point Perpendicular on both cabbage and cunjevoi.

Suggested reading: Black Drummer Pigging Out

Drummer have been reasonable since the decent swell a week ago, with positive reports from around Rockies locally, as well as Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head to the south. Tailor numbers however are still just reasonable at best, with the occasional good greenback about but no real consistency at all. The full moon in September can often be spectacular, so let’s just hope the next few weeks sees some significant improvement.

Offshore, snapper numbers have been a bit up and down, with some faring poorly and others doing exceptionally well. Best results have been achieved straight out the front of Port in around 40 to 50 meters, with soft plastics proving the premier form of attack for the larger models. Along with the reds, Plomer has been producing a few nice teraglin, pearl perch and morwong, while the odd John Dory has also been a most welcome addition for a lucky few. At least the jackets seem to have moved on, for the time being anyway.


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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