Weekly Report 19/12/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 19/12/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:46 am

In the estuaries, flathead have been excellent with bait and lures working well. Best results have come from around Blackmans Point and Rawdon Island, although the lower reaches around Pelican Island are also fishing well. Whiting are excellent, with some top quality fish about, like Steve Wildern’s 650g model which took out our whiting of the year competition. Best results have been from Limeburners and the Back Channel, while Lake Cathie has fished well during the day on lures and after dark on live prawns and worms. A similar story with mulloway, with the deeper sections up river still producing school fish. While lures and live bait have been the most successful approaches, we have heard of fish being taken on all manner of bait, such as beach worms, squid, mullet fillets and even blackfish gut. Blackfish numbers remain reasonable but results are patchy from day to day. Bream numbers have been surprisingly healthy at night around Limeburners and the Coal Wall, while lure enthusiasts report good results up river, particularly on surface lures.
A few mud crabs are rumoured to be about and Lake Cathie produced plenty of prawns last dark, with the quality slowly improving all the time. If you are super keen, there is still a chance you could scrape up a feed over the next few nights, but most people will await the next dark in early January.
On the beaches, there are still reasonable numbers of school mulloway and they should pick up over the next few days with optimum tides and a full moon approaching. Live worms will be the bait of choice for school fish but don’t be afraid to use a larger slab bait or livie for big fish. Tailor results are only sporadic but should begin to pick up over the next few weeks. North Beach and Lighthouse have a few bream and well-conditioned whiting.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers are slowly improving. Most are only choppers. Bream numbers remain reasonable, while those chasing blackfish have been reporting reasonable catches. There a still a few pigs around for those willing to put in the time seeking the few remaining washed-out gutters. No real news on the pelagic scene yet.
Offshore, things are looking up with some warmer water beginning to filter down from the north, although the conditions most days have been challenging. Marlin encounters are becoming more frequent with small blacks in close and some solid blues wider out, which is good news with the Golden Lure not too far away now. Bottom bouncing in close has produced snapper, pearl perch and a few small to medium kingfish when the current has been reasonable. Plenty of solid flatties to around 60cm in around 55m straight off the bar.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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