Weekly Report 13/1/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 13/1/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:44 pm

The Golden Lure has been the focus of the week, with some great fish including, marlin, mahi mahi and wahoo. It has been challenging, with water from a cool 19° to a hot 26° depending on the day and where you head. Bottom bouncing has been reasonably productive, with snapper, morwong, pearl perch and flatties filling most boxes. Reefs off Plomer continue to hold the odd kingfish, teraglin and mulloway. Those throwing lures or using live bait have enjoyed better results.
Off the beaches this past week has been excellent, highlighted by the terrific mulloway action courtesy of good tides and the recent full moon. While all beaches have produced fish in varying numbers, Lighthouse has been most productive with several fish between 10kg and 20kg taken on live worms and fresh tailor. At last we are beginning see some consistent tailor results with Lighthouse and South Beach at Dunbogan giving up reasonable hauls, oddly enough, in the middle of the day. No doubt the numbers of baitfish have had a lot to do with this. Some terrific bream and whiting on offer with the beach in front of Lake Cathie as good as anywhere. The bream have been biting well after the full moon is up, again defying conventional wisdom. The moral is that if you have a bait in the water, you are always in with a chance.
While the land-based game season is yet to fire up, there is enough on offer to keep keen rockhoppers happy. The full moon phase saw some great mulloway action, with Mark Palmer scoring a 21 kilo model off Lighthouse on a live mullet. Tailor fans have also been doing well, with reasonable reports from Plomer, Blueface and Point Perpendicular. Dawn sessions have been more consistent. Blackfish numbers have been terrific, with fish taken from Grants Head at Bonny Hills, Point Perpendicular and Plomer. The odd drummer has also been on offer from the same locations with cabbage fished on beefed up blackfish gear or prawns on conventional gear. Bream numbers have been above average with plenty of fish around a kilo in surprisingly good condition. Point Perpendicular and Big Hill have both been fishing well.
In the estuaries, it didn’t seem to matter where you looked in the Hastings, Lake Cathie or Camden Haven, pretty well all vantage points are occupied by anglers young and old. Most were enjoying some great action with our estuary season now certainly in full swing.
Lake Cathie is still firing on the whiting front, with lures and bait doing well despite to vast numbers of water craft and bathers. Some terrific flatties have been on offer as well as the occasional legal flounder. The prawn dark kicks off basically tonight, so it will be interesting to see if there is any improvement in quality and quantity.
In the Hastings, there have been some nice mulloway off both breakwalls, with live mullet the pick of baits by far. Whole calamari squid is not a bad second option. The breakwalls have also been fishing exceptionally well for bream, with good numbers of well-conditioned fish taken at dawn and after dark in spite of the full moon. Further upstream, flathead have been terrific with reports coming from pretty well all locations to Wauchope. Whitebait has been by far the best choice, while any lures have proven successful. The back channel has been worth a look for whiting, particularly after dark, as has Blackmans Point and Limeburners. Blackfish have been a little disappointing although those fishing lightly weighted yabbies in Big Bay have been consistently pulling a few nice fish.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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