Report 26/09/14

Brett Hyde
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Report 26/09/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:25 pm

Yet another windy weekend ahead of us. The wind should start to ease by Sunday but tomorrow is looking like a no go for the offshore brigade.

During the week there has been some quality fish landed for the North Coast Bonanza with snapper to nearly a meter long. You can still enter the bonanza over the weekend so get down behind the CBD and check out all the fun over the weekend. There has also been some small kingfish, amberjack and pearl perch on the wider grounds. Live baits and pilchards have tempted most fish but the odd kingfish has also taken a liking to a knife jig or two.

The rocks and beaches are still producing some better quality bream, and with the swell up it will be worth targeting those areas around the headlands with plenty of white water with a lightly weighted bait. Mullet, squid and gut baits will hold onto the hook better in these conditions so try those. There have also been a few Jew hanging around the rocks and break walls but the size has been a little small of late. Worms, squid, mullet and soft plastics have all worked and the high tides at night this weekend will be an ideal time to target them. Live bait has been difficult to find in the river this week so make sure you have some back up bait or lures just in case. Some small flathead have come from the lower reaches of the river while the better quality fish have been taken between the ferry and Wardell Bridge. The run in tide has still been the best time to try your luck for the flathead and white pilchards or 3 inch soft plastics in neutral colors will be an ideal back up if you do have trouble finding a live bait.

The mud crabs seem to be starting to move around a little more actively with a few nice quality crabs taken in both Emigrant and North Creek this week. I still think the run in tide will be the better option with some dirty water still to push down from up river but the trick will be to move your crabbing gear fairly regularly till you find an area where the crabs are more active. Plenty of bass have been taking hard body lures and metal blades this week. Late afternoon a couple of them have even been interested in a surface lure or two. Woodburn to Coraki has been the best section of the upper river and a few smaller fish have come out of the upper reaches of Emigrant creek.

Tight lines. Brett

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Re: Report 26/09/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:25 pm

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