Weekly Report 15/8/13

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 15/8/13

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:59 pm

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain solid throughout the Hastings and Camden Haven but getting them to co-operate has been challenging. One day the lower reaches prove quite productive on green weed or cabbage, while the next upstream around the weed beds using lightly weighted yabbies produces the best results. The break walls and Coal Wall are still yielding some nice bream, although the upcoming full moon will most likely see the fish a bit more fickle during night sessions. Flathead numbers remain excellent for this time of year, with the stretch between Rawdon Island and the Dennis Bridge producing as well as anywhere on lures or whitebait. Lake Cathie has been fishing quite well for whiting, particularly after dark on live worms or yabbies. Those throwing lures around the Dennis Bridge or Rocks Ferry have been getting consistent mulloway action on school fish, although this week should prove ideal for chasing a larger model around the breakwalls.
Off the beaches, some terrific tailor have been about with most stretches of sand now worth a look. If possible, target the evening session over the next few days as the August full moon is renowned for producing big greenbacks off the sand. Bream numbers have been a little poor although like the tailor, what has been around is generally of good quality. Best results have been from beaches north of Port Macquarie. There have been plenty of school mulloway, with the beaches around Lake Cathie fishing as well as anywhere. For quality over quantity, tailor fillets fished at the southern end of Lighthouse Beach should be worth considering in the lead-up the full moon. Without tempting fate, the annual inundation of salmon has not eventuated. The odd few fish are about as they tend to be year round nowadays, but the big numbers seen down south just haven’t arrived.
Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain subdued, as they have been for past month or so. This mid to late season slowdown is often followed by another run of generally better quality fish, so don’t put the heavy gear away just yet. The period following the next really big seas is a possible trigger. Tailor numbers have been down a little but the quality remains better than average. Lighthouse has been fishing well but a trip to Hat Head or Crescent Head has generally been rewarded with better results. Groper chasers have also been enjoying the relatively flat seas, with a terrific number of fish. Crabs of pretty well any description are the bait of choice.
Offshore, there has been some terrific bottom fishing although avoiding the plagues of leatherjackets has been a problem. Even those targeting the reefs in as close as 25m have experienced significant gear loss, with plenty of rigs and lures sacrificed. If you can avoid them, the wider reefs off Lighthouse and Plomer have produced good snapper, pearl perch, pigfish and teraglin, along with the occasional nice mulloway. Or load up with wire and 2/0 longshanks, head to the flathead grounds or beyond, and you should end up with a nice feed of flathead and jackets.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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