Weekly Report 23/8/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 23/8/12

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Lake Cathie was opened to the sea during the week. As usual, it will take a couple of days for all the water to drain and perhaps a week or so until the clean ocean water begins to work its way back up the system. No doubt the area will be heavily patronised by anglers in ensuing days and it will interesting see what is on offer. Whiting no doubt will be an option despite the time of year, while there is every chance bream, blackfish and flathead to will be viable targets. Don’t be surprised if the lower reaches also attract a few salmon. No doubt a few keen prawners will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.
In the estuary, blackfish numbers have dropped off a little but there are still plenty of solid fish for those putting in the time. The break walls are most consistent but areas upstream, particularly Limeburners and to a lesser degree the Maria, are also worth a look. Lizards to around 2 kilos have continued to be caught over the past week despite the cooler water, with whitebait and mullet strips achieving better results. The lower Maria seems to be well worth checking out. Limeburners has been holding some nice bream after dark, as have the rocky areas around Rawdon Island. This area has also been holding a few school mulloway, with blades and soft plastics working well.
Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain excellent with the local ledges fishing just as well as the more renowned locations north and south of Port. We have heard of a few bag limit catches from around the Lighthouse and Rocky Beach. I reckon pretty well anywhere is worth a go. Best results have been on larger peeled prawns, although cunjevoi and even bread are worth throwing. Lighthouse has been worth a look for tailor particularly at first light, with pilchards the best approach. Point Plomer has also been holding a few choppers as well as reasonable bream after dark.
Beach fishos are beginning to see some attractive formations redevelop after the big seas. Best reports have been on school mulloway, with the beaches around Laurieton fishing well during the evening high tide. North Beach has been producing a few nice bream, while the southern end of Lighthouse has had a sprinkling of tailor, mostly choppers and the odd greenback. All stretches of sand are holding salmon, with any form of bait or lure working.
Offshore, at least the seas have been calm for a while now, an unusual luxury this winter. Those chasing snapper on lures have achieved best results with the reefs both north and south worth prospecting. Vary the depths fished according to the current. The grounds in around 50-60m have been fishing well, particularly when the current is not racing. A few pearl perch, teraglin and the odd kingfish, too.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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