Weekly Report 7/10/11

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 7/10/11

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:26 pm

Best of the action has been in the Hastings and Lake Cathie. In the Hastings, the breakwalls have been producing a few solid bream and blackfish, particularly when the seas were up. Mullet strips and cabbage have been the pick baits. Further upstream, flathead continue to pick up, with whitebait and lures successful. Those throwing worms or yabbies around Limeburners, the back channel or Blackmans Point have also been doing well on whiting, with some top fish over 500g coming in. There have also been a few solid mulloway about, with Grant Whitby scoring a nice pair of fish just under 20 kilos late last week off the breakwall on live mullet. At Lake Cathie front, the big seas have scoured the entrance just about as wide as we have seen for years, albeit at the expense of depth. How this will pan out remains to be seen. In the meantime, there are some top-class whiting on offer, particularly when the clean ocean water flushes in, while the run out has been producing a steady run of flatties on lures, whitebait and prawns.
On the beaches, the big seas have been a challenge beach fisho’s could certainly do without. Only the more protected sections have been fishable, with best reports involving a few nice bream, the odd whiting and ever-present salmon. However, the sea has backed down just in time to take advantage of optimum tidal and lunar conditions this weekend. Best bets would be to chase school mulloway or tailor just before and after dusk, or bream and whiting at first light. While formations have no doubt changed significantly over the past week, the southern end of Lighthouse or North Beach around the houses should be worth a look.
Off the rocks, tailor remain relatively quiet although a few fish have been snared on daylight from around Plomer and Lighthouse. Drummer reports have begun to slow but a few anglers continue to manage a fish or two each outing on prawns and cunjevoi. With the water still quite cool and plenty of fish still to spawn, they are worth chasing for a weeks yet. The recent big seas saw a few nice blackfish on offer, with Lighthouse and around Nobby’s producing. Those fishing the more protected ledges after dark and at first light are still scoring a few nice bream, with Miners well worth a look.
Offshore, barring a brief window last Saturday, very few have ventured out until the latter section of this week. Reports have been few and far between apart from a sprinkling of snapper close in off Port on lures, together with a few solid pearl perch and kingfish around Trag Rock. NSW Fisheries confirm the FAD has been redeployed for the season at 31° 24.567 – 153° 04.725, approx 16km due east of the bar in around 90m.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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