Weekly Report 31/10/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 31/10/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:01 am

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting have been excellent with indications or another great season ahead. Flathead have been coming from pretty well all locations on lures and bait, with the area between the Dennis Bridge and Rawdon Island producing the best. Best whiting have come from around Blackmans Point but Limeburners and the back channel are also worth a look. There are still some nice blackfish to around a kilo in the lower reaches, with the South Wall fishing as well as anywhere. A couple of solid mulloway came from the breakwalls over the recent full moon but all the talk remains on the numbers of fish up river. They are being taken from many locations towards Wauchope and up the Maria with lures, live baits and beach worms all effective. The average size is 55-75cm, with the odd fish over 1m. Just be mindful that current legislation allows the taking of only 2 fish over 70cm and the proposed reduction to 1 is being promoted for very sound reasons indeed.
Mud crabs are becoming more active, with rumours of good catches around Rawdon Island. This weekend we see the first proper prawning dark of the season at Lake Cathie since the entrance closed. Indications are there are plenty of prawns but the size is questionable.
On the beaches, despite only reasonable conditions, the combination of good tides and the lead-up to the full moon saw some reasonable action on mulloway. Best results have come from around Lake Cathie and Dunbogan, although North Beach has also been worth a look. Dawn sessions have been yielding the odd bream and tailor, along with a few salmon. Whiting numbers are slowly improving and should pick up noticeably this month, assuming the salmon schools move on.
Off the rocks, a few more tailor are now on offer although catches are spasmodic. Most bags are a mixture of choppers and the occasional good fish. Night anglers continue to pick up a few reasonable bream, with Big Hill and Racecourse producing. The odd pig is still around but the constant nor’-easters have filled many of the better ledges with sand. Still a few blackfish and groper, with Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head more consistent.
Offshore conditions have not been ideal and the current has begun to pour down from the north at more than 2 knots. Bottom fishing has been reasonable at best but with plenty of warmer water arriving it might be time to visit the FAD for a mahi mahi or chase a few billfish a little wider.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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