Weekly Report 28/12/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 28/12/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:44 pm

In the estuary, flathead, bream and whiting are the usual targets now but mulloway numbers throughout the system have been excellent. The break walls have been fishing extremely well with plenty of 4-8 kilo mulloway along with the odd better model. With excellent tides and lunar conditions now, chasing a decent jew during an evening session would be a good option. With mullet proving unusually elusive, best results have been achieved on live herring and yakkas, but whole squid, beach worms and lures have also proven successful. Further upstream is also worth a look, with any deep hole or any form of structure worth investigating.
For flatties, the best baits will be whitebait, prawns or fresh mullet strips. Soft plastics, blades or hardbodies will also prove successful. Target are locations with a sandy bottom, preferably with a bit of weed, a drop-off or the odd rock to provide a bit of structure or an ambush point. Flatties are ambush predators which prefer to wait for food to come to them, so a moving bait or lure will enhance your chances of picking up a fish. Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters has been putting his clients onto plenty of lizards, with many fish around 50cm along with occasional model well over 80cm. For bream fishos, the breakwalls, Coal Wall and Limeburners are all well worth a look, although best results will most likely be at dawn given the current full moon. Fresh mullet strips, mackerel strips, yabbies or gut are good bait. Any structure such as oyster racks, moored boats, marker buoys, wharfs, fallen trees and many more are all worth a go with lures. Surface lures around these structures and the river banks upstream will work for big bream.
Whiting numbers have been excellent with surface lures of all types working well, as are yabbies and live worms. Prime locations are the back channel, the lower part of Limeburners and Lake Cathie. In Cathie live prawns fished after dark are deadly. The next dark kicks off in a couple of days and with luck good results will be enjoyed by all. Mud crabs have picked a little although so have instances of traps being stolen or raided. Hopefully NSW Fisheries catch the culprits before a few keen crabbers who have lost gear do. Squid numbers remain unusually high, so tossing a squid jig around, particularly after dark, could prove rewarding.
On the beaches, mulloway numbers have been solid from Lighthouse and North Beach, with live worms the bait of choice for school fish. Don’t be afraid to throw a larger bait for bigger fish. If you can find a couple, tailor fillets or heads are your best bet, although live mullet or whiting are generally good. Whiting numbers have been reasonable from the northern end of Lighthouse and Shelley while North Beach and Lighthouse have produced a few nice bream.
Mulloway will be on offer at night, while the odd bream, blackfish and late season drummer can be pulled from the washes during the day. Tailor should be on offer for those willing to rise early. If you fish the rocks, be mindful of the dangers, especially with the seas up as they have been this holiday period.
This past week has seen some terrific action as close in as in Barries Bay, with numbers of small black marlin better than we have experienced for many years. While most are 15-30 kilos, on light gear they are great fun. There have even been several encountered on light snapper threadline outfits, albeit with only a few actually landed. This is great news indeed, especially with the Port Macquarie Golden Lure now only a couple of weeks away.
Bottom bouncers also enjoying kingfish, samson, pearl perch, flathead and snapper. As usual, best methods for the better snapper are plastics, live bait, or simply anchoring and using plenty of berley.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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