Weekly Report 6/1/13

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 6/1/13

Post by Tony Zann » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:46 pm

The buzz around the angling fraternity focuses on the Golden Lure. This game season is shaping up as the best in many years, with plenty of billfish and other pelagics. Close in, the small black marlin have been everywhere, with fish taken in and just outside Barries Bay, as well as close in off Port, Lake Cathie and Laurieton. While the most successful method has been small trolled skirts, fish have also been taken on soft plastics intended for snapper, live bait, trolled skip baits and even bottom-bouncing paternoster rigs. Let’s hope they hang around for a little longer yet. Wider out, blue and striped marlin are about, while mahi mahi have shown up in good numbers. Best location for the mahi mahi is the Fisheries FAD which is holding fish to around 4 kilos, although there are some much larger models a little wider. With the water temperature excellent, there have been a few wahoo encounters so with some cooperation from the weather gods, the 2013 Golden Lure is shaping up very nicely indeed.
Bottom bashers have been scoring some reasonable feeds although the current has been screaming one day and still the next. Reasonable numbers of 1-5kg snapper have been taken on the reefs off Lake Cathie and Point Plomer. Live slimies have been accounting for the better fish but squid, pilchards and soft plastics have also accounted for many good fish. Morwong and pearl perch numbers are excellent, while those dropping live bait or jigs have reported solid numbers of kingfish on the reefs to the north. For those keen on chasing a few flatties for a feed, the quality of fish at the moment is excellent with the drifts out around 55m mark producing great boxes of 50-65cm fish.
Off the beaches, school mulloway have dominated the waves with plenty of fish to around 5kg most notably on Lighthouse and North Beach. Some great bream to a kilo have been taken from North Beach, with worms and pipis working well. Closer to town, Shelly has been holding some nice whiting, with the top of the tide producing best. Good to see a few tailor showing up here and there, although there is an absence of consistency in numbers and location.
Off the rocks, drummer have been the flavour of the month, something we don't usually associate with January. Hat Head and Plomer have been producing reasonable numbers of quality pigs, while Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head to the south have also been well worth visiting. Tailor numbers are improving but the quality is not great, although the odd very solid fish has been taken. Blackfish are a good proposition with Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular producing a few reasonable bags, while a few good bream have been taken during the darker hours.
In the estuary, just about every available piece of foreshore has been occupied. Star attractions have been the flathead and whiting with some great results on both. Flathead numbers have been excellent from around Settlement Point and Blackmans Point, but better results continue upstream of the Dennis bridge. Lake Cathie and Blackmans Point have been the pick whiting locations, however those with boats who venture further up the Maria have reported a better class of fish. The Back Channel has also been worth a look. Off the break walls, good numbers of school mulloway have been on offer, with live bait or whole squid the most successful. Some big flatties are still lurking around the walls, which has certainly captured the attention of visitors. However, at least a few people now possess the foresight to return these big females unharmed. Sand or lano mullet, as well as plenty of garfish, abound. Light line, size 10 or 12 hooks, any type of float and a bit of bread is all you need for and entertaining and productive session for adults and kids alike.
Prawning is again full swing at Lake Cathie, with excellent numbers on offer and the quality certainly up on last dark. The entire system is holding prawns, so there are plenty of locations worth prospecting. The Hastings west of the Dennis Bridge has begun to produce a few nice mud crab, although the share-crabbers have been particularly active. This has led to increasing numbers of crabbers working their allowed five witches hats for few hours after dark in lieu of leaving a trap overnight. While it is certainly annoying having to tailor your methods as a result of a dishonest few, the upshot is that this is arguably a far more productive and entertaining method, especially when combined with wetting a line.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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