Weekly Report 30/10/13

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Weekly Report 30/10/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:19 am

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting have been excellent with all pointers indicating another great summer season ahead. Flathead have been coming from pretty well all locations on both lures and bait, with the areas upstream of Blackmans Point, including both the Hastings and Maria, faring best. These locations have also proven productive for school mulloway on both larger plastics and live baits.

A few nice bream have also been on offer around Rawdon Island, with yabbies fished after dark working well. On the whiting front, Limeburners and the bottom section of the Maria have both proven productive, with worms or yabbies achieving the better results.

Lake Cathie too has also been excellent for both whiting and flatties, with lures of a day or live prawns after dark achieving the better results. Just on the prawn front at Lake Cathie, this current dark has seen a significant improvement in the volume of prawns active in the system, however as a whole the quality is not great. The next couple of months should see a substantial improvement in this respect, along with an increase to the participation rate.

On the beaches, constant winds have made conditions challenging most of the time, excluding the occasional dawn session. This, together with an increasing amount of red weed, is not what beach anglers were hoping for. The presence of weed is a concern for the months ahead, especially given its habit of turning up during dry summers. For those who have wet a line, at least there are a few reasonable fish about, with Lighthouse giving up some nice bream and increasing numbers of whiting. Good whiting have also been coming from Crescent Head and North Beach, with live worms as usual the bait of choice. School mulloway remain common after dark, although just be mindful of the new bag and size limits which come into effect today. For those who may have missed it, the minimum size has been increased from 45cm to 70cm, whilst the bag limit has decreased from 5 to 2.

Off the rocks, a few reasonable tailor are still on offer although by and large catches are spasmodic, as is the size. Most bags have had a mixture of choppers and the occasional good fish. Night time anglers continue to pick up a few reasonable bream, with Big Hill and Racecourse both producing fish. The odd drummer is still around for those willing to put in the time, however the constant northeasters have seen many of the better ledges begin to sand up, as is usually the case at this time of year. There are still plenty of good blackfish around for those keen on floating a bit of cabbage, with Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head producing the more consistent results.

Offshore angling over the past week has been limited, once again courtesy of the wind. Those who have managed the occasional early morning trip have reported that reasonable numbers of snapper remain off both Plommer and Lighthouse, along with a few pearl perch and other mixed reef species. By all reports the current has begun to really pick up from the north. This could be either positive or negative, depending upon your preferred offshore fishing locations and methods. Let's just hope we get some settled conditions in the not-too-distant future so we can get back out in safety and comfort.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com

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