26/10/05 Weekly Report

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Tony Zann
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26/10/05 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:38 am

In the estuary, flathead continue to dominate but whiting numbers are improving each week. Best baits for whiting have been beach worms and yabbies although live prawns fished at night in Lake Cathie are deadly. Flathead are spread all throughout the system with areas upstream in the Hastings and Maria rivers still fishing best. Numbers closer to Port have been on the improve, with some nice lizards taken from the Back Channel, Blackmans Point, Hibbard and around Westport. Best bait is whitebait but lure tossers have also been scoring heaps of quality fish, particularly on soft plastics. As to which type or colour of soft plastic to recommend, I look forward to the day when we get two anglers to agree on which style, size, brand or colour is the go. As a general rule pinks or greys are the most popular but on occasions, any colour will produce results. Anything with a tinge of green in it is the buzz this month. I guess the key is to build up a range of different colours and styles and perfect your different retrieval methods. Often a flattie will take anything dragged past its nose but being versatile will help when the fish are proving elusive.
Off the beaches, salmon simply dominate the waves and often few other species can be encountered. In some respects it is pleasing to see a species bounce back following such a prolonged period of commercial exploitation but the question needs to be asked what effect the vast numbers of these fish will have on the coastal food chain. Salmon of the size we encounter have few natural predators on the eastern seaboard, with most mulloway incapable of taking a 2kg-plus salmon, and shark numbers dwindling. The ever-hungry hordes of salmon consume vast numbers of whitebait, garfish, small tailor and whiting. When you think about it, perhaps there is a direct correlation between the exploding numbers of salmon and the recent poor showing of tailor. I guess nature has a way of balancing things out in time but the argument that a significant change to the food chain is currently taking place could be valid.
On the rocks, a few tailor have begun to show up but size and numbers are not great. A few drummer are still on offer although the best of the year is now well behind us. Bream remain reasonable with night sessions the go, while a few blackfish and groper are still being extracted from Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular.
Outside reports have been a little slow courtesy of the weather, although the good news is the warm currents have begun to stream down from north, often over 3 knots, to the detriment of bottom bashers. We had a brief report of 24° water around the 90m mark, although the nor’-easters will see the temperature stay down for a while. No pelagic reports but if the current slows down and the FAD pops back up, it could well be worth a look for a few early mahi mahi, particularly if we get a few mild southerlies and the warm currents begin to sneak back in.

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