Weekly Report 7/12/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 7/12/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:04 am

In the estuaries, whiting numbers remain excellent, with fish again taken from most areas of the Hastings, including well up both the Maria and Limeburners and of course, Lake Cathie. Pick of the baits remain either live worms or yabbies, although surface lures of all types continue to account for quality fish. Flathead to remain excellent, with good numbers of pan sized fish around the Dennis bridge, and some larger specimens encountered in the lower reaches. On the blackfish front, a few solid fish were snared from Limeburners over the past week, whilst the break walls have produced consistent if not spectacular results. Bream numbers have been a little down as we often see during a full moon phase, although reasonable results are now being achieved well upstream, predominately on lures, whether they be soft plastics, hard bodied divers, blades or surface fizzers. For the light gear enthusiasts, increasing numbers of mullet and garfish are inhabiting the lower estuary, with small floats, small hooks and bread an excellent combination. On the mulloway front, there are still plenty of school sized fish in the system, with reports from the break walls, Rocks Ferry Bridge, Telegraph Point bridge and most places in between. As has been the case over recent months, 5” soft plastics or live baits have been the more successful forms of attack.
If you wish to chase something in our estuaries that do not have scales, squid numbers have been unusually high over the past couple of weeks. Many locations have proven successful, however best results will achieved where you get a bit of light on the water during the night. On the prawning front, Lake Cathie is producing well with reasonable numbers from most parts of the system. While the prawns still have a bit of growing to do, at least they have now reached a stage which is worth peeling. Crabs however remain elusive, with only the occasional muddie active present. Hopefully this will improve as the moon begins to wane.
Off the beaches, plenty of salmon are still hanging around to provide some great sport, although the warm water moving rapidly down the coast should see most of them move on shortly. Bream numbers, whilst not thick, have included some solid fish to around a kilo which is a little unusual for this time of year, but certainly welcome. Lighthouse has been the pick of locations in this regard. Improving numbers of whiting are now getting about, with north beach producing the better results. On the mulloway front, plenty of school sized models were taken over the recent full moon phase, with Lighthouse and South Beach at Dunbogan fishing well. The better models, often encountered on this moon phase, however have been a tad elusive.
Off the rocks, the occasional pig remains offer, with Racecourse, Big Hill and locally Rocky’s and Shelley’s all producing fish in varying degrees. Cunjevoi has been the pick of baits, however large peeled prawns are also worth a go. Also off the stones, some reasonable tailor were taken from Plommer just after the full moon, along with the occasional average size mulloway. No word yet of pelagics however some nice warm water is beginning to snake down the coast, so it will be interesting see what the warm currents bring with them.
Offshore, at long last the weather has settled to the extent whereby those wishing to head beyond the bar are getting a reasonable go. Water temperatures are on the rise which is certainly welcome, however the current has been roaring in excess of 3 knots on occasions, rendering bottom fishing on many of the more popular marks difficult at best. Best results have been achieved by those chasing snapper in close, whilst the wider reefs of Plommer have also yielded some excellent pearlies, morwong, teraglin and a few nice mulloway.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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