Fishing with Jason Isaac: Good-sized mulloway off breakwalls

Sensational: Our Berkley pic of the week is Tony Awad with this sensational 27.6 kilogram mulloway he recently caught from the north wall in Port Macquarie.

Sensational: Our Berkley pic of the week is Tony Awad with this sensational 27.6 kilogram mulloway he recently caught from the north wall in Port Macquarie.

After a bit of an Arctic blast early in the week, it looks like some sublime winter weather has returned for a few days.

However just be mindful we are still in August, and it will be a while until we see the last of winter's cold southerly blows.

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain a little inconsistent, although this past week has produced a marginally better showing.

Best results have come from the breakwalls and around the entrance to Limeburners. Green weed, cabbage and weed flies have all been successful, but fresh bull weed has been the morsel of choice.

On the bream scene, now the full moon has waned, some nice fish to around a kilogram have been on offer during evening sessions. Yabbies, mullet strips and gut baits have all been successful.

For flattie lovers, good numbers are available from most parts of the Hastings as well as the Maria, with either lures or whitebait working well.

On the mulloway front, the breakwalls continue to fish a little more consistently than during the first half of the year, with fish to around 20 kilos taken on lures, live baits and whole squid. Fishing the tide changes has been a key to success.

For whiting enthusiasts, Lake Cathie continues to fish well particularly on the run-up tide after dark.

Just be mindful however, we have not as yet seen a resolution to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's concerns regarding the lake's water quality, and any possible issues with ingesting seafood sourced from the system.

Off the beaches, bream and whiting are still around Lighthouse and North beach with worms and pipis seeing the better results.

Tailor have been taken at the top of North Beach, while good reports have come from South Beach at Dunbogan, too.

Rumour has it a few mulloway can also be found down that way, along with plenty of salmon.

Off the rocks, our great drummer season just keeps on going. While most fish have been around the 2 kg mark, the odd much larger model is about. Cunjevoi and bread remain the stand out baits, and to a lesser degree, prawns.

On the tailor front, results have been a little mixed with a few nice fish about, albeit more sporadic than usual. Best reports have come from around Diamond Head.

To the north, Plomer is still producing a steady stream of bream and blackfish, along with a few nice school mulloway.

Offshore, snapper remain the flavour of the month as they usually are at this time of year.

Best results have again been achieved by those throwing soft plastics with good numbers of fish up to around 8kg taken from most reefs between Lake Cathie and Plomer.

Those content to fish baits have also done well with plenty of plate- sized models, along with a sprinkling of pearl perch, morwong and other mixed reef species. Wider out, a few nice kingfish are about, together with plenty of leatherjackets.

Until next time, tight lines and good fishing to all.

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