28/09/05 Weekly Report

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Tony Zann
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28/09/05 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:46 pm

In the estuary, blackfish have slowed noticeably although fish are still available for those willing to put in the time. North Wall has been the pick. Bream remain rather quiet but reasonable catches have been taken well upstream on soft plastics and bait. Flathead continue to improve with pretty well all areas downstream of the Dennis Bridge producing fish. The lower reaches of the Hastings have also begun to produce a few better quality whiting, although there are plenty of throwbacks. At Lake Cathie the whiting are well and truly on the chew, particularly during the darker hours.
Little to report on the beaches apart from a few big schools of salmon. These schools have been around Lake Cathie, Lighthouse and on North Beach. With the bream and tailor a little quiet and the whiting yet to fire up, a session on the salmon would be your best option. Pilchards are without doubt the premier bait although lures work a treat when the larger schools come within casting range. Tides appear largely irrelevant although late afternoons tend to see more consistent action. For those really keen for a challenge, try chasing them with a little flick rod and 4lb braid. You won’t be disappointed, although expect to be tied up for while getting them onto the sand.
On the rocks, drummer numbers remain steady with Point Plomer, Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head all continuing to yield quality fish. With most of the fish yet to spawn, you should be able to chase a feed of pigs for a few more weeks yet. Also off the stones a few tailor have shown up for those keen to rise well before 5am, while the darker hours have yielded a few bream. Local angler Chris Garrett also managed a nice school jew throwing lures around Nobbys. Carrying a few quality hard bodied divers or larger soft plastics could well pay dividends for keen rockhoppers.
Offshore, John from Ocean Star Charters reports fishing has been quite good, with at long last the winds beginning to settle a little. The reefs off Plomer have been producing a reasonable run of snapper to around 3kg along with the increasingly common pearl perch and plenty of morwong. Flatties remain thick on the sand drifts in around 50 metres. Little to report on the pelagic scene, with the water still a quite cool 18° most days.

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