Weekly Report 12/11/13

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Weekly Report 12/11/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:48 pm

In the estuary, flathead have been excellent as should be the case at this time of year. The best results have been achieved in the lower section of the Maria and around Rawdon Island, although pretty well anywhere is worth a look. On the whiting front, Lake Cathie is still producing the goods on both baits and surface lures, whilst the back channel and Limeburners locally are both worth a look. For mulloway enthusiasts, the deeper sections up river are still worth a look for school sized fish, whilst the break walls at both Port and Laurieton have been producing a few better fish to around 25 kilos. With a terrific run of squid in our estuaries at present, there is no prize for guessing what the bait of choice has been. Alternately, if you prefer your squid on a plate rather than a hook, most areas in the lower section of Hastings have been worth prospecting with a squid jig, with high tide seeming to produce the better results. Whilst a bit of fresh is usually most welcome from an angling perspective, hopefully the squid will hang around irrespective of what come down the river.

On the beaches, things are beginning to look up after what has been somewhat of a quiet period. Both North Beach and Lighthouse have both been producing some nice whiting and a few better than average late season bream. Live worms have been achieving the better results. School mulloway numbers were also quite reasonable during the recent evening high tides, although many of the fish were below the now minimum size of 70cm. As mentioned a few weeks ago, revised tactics may be prudent in such situations. On the tailor front, there have been only marginal results from Lighthouse and the beaches south, although the odd solid salmon is still hanging about to add a bit of sport if nothing else.

Off the rocks, things have been a little quiet, however those chasing blackfish on cabbage still report some nice bronzies and the occasional pig still inhabiting the washes around Port. Bream numbers have been reasonable, primarily after dark with the fish in surprisingly good condition for this time of year. No real reports of tailor as yet, however it shouldn’t be too long before we get an improvement, at least in quantity if not quality.

Outside reports have once again been limited courtesy of the constant winds. Those lucky to get the occasional morning session in have been scoring a few nice snapper, with the reefs in between 50-70m off the lighthouse worth visiting. To the north, Trag Rock has been producing a few kingfish to around 10 kilos with live baits working best. Hopefully once the current period of storms pass, conditions should begin to slowly revert to our normal summer patterns and the offshore brigade can get out a little more often.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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