Weekly Report 17/10/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 17/10/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:36 am

In the estuaries, we have had numerous reports of good flathead from many locations in the Hastings from the breakwalls to Wauchope. While there have been plenty of quality 1-2kg fish taken, there have also been stacks of juveniles. Although at times annoying, they are a great sign for the future with these juveniles seeming to be getting thicker each year. Bream numbers remain reasonable especially upstream, with lures achieving better results. Blackfish have been a little quiet but word is that there are still a considerable number of fish throughout the system. We are seeing a gradual improvement in whiting quantity and quality, best bet around Blackmans Point or up the Maria with yabbies or worms, although surface lures should soon start working well.
At Lake Cathie the volume of sand pushed into the system over recent weeks has finally overwhelmed the entrance, with the lake now basically shut apart from the odd surge from the ocean coming in around high tide. Angling should remain good for the next month or two and the signs are there from a vastly improved prawning season. Hopefully plans for the promised dredging works east of the Ocean Drive bridge are now under way and a far more successful outcome is achieved this time around.
Off the beaches, catches have been reasonable with a few nice bream still cruising the waves and the odd solid whiting beginning to show up. Best results have come from North Beach with live worms and pipis working well. School mulloway remain common at night and should improve this weekend with good tides. Tailor remain spasmodic at best although there are plenty of salmon.
On the rocks, drummer are now a little quieter although areas around Diamond Head and Forster are still fishing quite well. Groper and blackfish remain viable depending upon sea conditions and tide phase. A few reasonable tailor have been snared at first light but numbers are simply not there. Lighthouse has proven the pick of locations, while Plomer has also produced a few nice fish.
Offshore, at long last the water colour and temperature have improved and so have catches. Snapper have been reasonable close in off Lighthouse and around the 40m mark off Plomer. Wider out, some nice pearl perch, teraglin and the odd reasonable kingfish have been on.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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