Weekly Report 24/10/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 24/10/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:59 am

In the estuary, flathead continue to dominate but whiting numbers are improving each week. Best bait for whiting remains beach worms or yabbies, with Blackmans Point, Limeburners, the Maria and the Back Channel all well worth a look. Those travelling south to Lake Cathie have also been scoring some nice fish, particularly near the front of the lake when the high tide allows a little water to flow in from the ocean. Flathead are spread pretty well throughout the entire estuary with areas upstream in the Hastings and Maria rivers fishing well but numbers closer to Port have been quite good with nice lizards taken from the back channel, Hibbard and Limeburners. Best bait is whitebait but lures of all types have also been scoring heaps of quality fish. Best blackfish reports have come from those fishing lightly weighted yabbies around the weed beds in Limeburners and the Back Channel, while those fishing the lower reaches with green weed have been scoring inconsistent results. Areas upstream continue to fish exceptionally well for mulloway. Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters has been putting clients onto some terrific fish to around 1m, with 5” plastics working well. Those fishing live baits have also been getting their fair share.
Off the beaches, the constant winds have made conditions challenging on most days although there are some nice fish about. School mulloway have been consistent after dark, with North Beach and around Lake Cathie fishing well. Salmon numbers remain reasonable for those seeking a bit of sport although with the water now beginning to warm, their numbers should begin to thin. A few nice whiting getting about, with the northern end of Lighthouse and Shelley beaches worth a look. For tailor fans, good news with a fair bit of bait now moving along the coast. Look for the terns and a few nice choppers should not be to far away.
On the rocks, a few tailor are about but in the next few weeks we should see choppers begin to make their way back to this part of the coast. The odd drummer still on offer primarily from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular. Bream numbers remain reasonable but night time sessions are the go, while a few blackfish and groper are still being extracted from Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular.
Offshore, in between the winds and rough seas, snapper numbers remain solid, particularly from the reefs in under 50m. Pearl perch have been in good numbers while the odd samson fish, mulloway, teraglin and kingfish have also bolstered a few ice boxes. Hopefully the pelagic action should not be too far off now.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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