Weekly Report 26/11/13

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Weekly Report 26/11/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:44 pm

In the estuaries, flathead and whiting continue to be the best bet, with the Hastings and tributaries producing some good bags of quality fish. The best catches of flatties have come from around the Dennis Bridge area, whilst the Back Channel, Limeburners, Blackmans Point and of course Lake Cathie are all worth a throw for whiting.

If it's quality rather than quantity you're seeking on the whiting front, by all reports Limeburners is currently producing some bumper specimens, with live yabbies working best.

Bream have been a little quiet, however the upper reaches have seen a reasonable degree of action for lure enthusiasts.

On the mulloway front, the lower reaches of both the Hastings and Camden Haven systems have been producing some terrific fish, highlighted by Jarad McIlveen's terrific 33.2kg model.

Alternatively, if you’'re after a quarry which pulls a little less drag, the Hastings is still producing a terrific run of squid, with pretty well all areas in the lower reaches worth a look.

On the beaches, conditions have again been challenging however there are a few fish around if you put in the time. Lighthouse has been producing some nice whiting, particularly from the northern end, although there are plenty of throwbacks among the better fish. Those fishing the southern end have been scoring some terrific bream, with Paul Chaplin managing a great fish of 1.65kg cleaned.

There are still a few school mulloway after dark, however just be mindful of the new regulations which comprise a reduced bag limit of 2 and an increased minimum size of 70cm.

Off the rocks there is a sprinkling of tailor from most headlands although the quality is not great. Bream, however, have been quite good with fish to over a kilo caught around Lighthouse and up at Plommer.

A few solid blackfish have also been on offer around Shelleys and Miners, however a bit of rough water is a must. The next few weeks may also be worth a throw for a late season drummer, as divers report there are plenty of fish still inhabiting our shoreline.

Offshore action has been limited to the occasional morning session courtesy of the consistently ordinary conditions. However, on the positive side, a few nice fish have been getting about with Ocean Star Charters scoring some nice teraglin, snapper and pearl perch.

Good news too on the pelagic front, with the FAD holding some nice mahi mahi (dolphinfish) to around 5 kilos. By all reports the water out wide is beginning to warm nicely, which bodes well for the upcoming pelagic season.

And finally, just on the FAD, it has dragged over a kilometre south with the strong currents of recent times, with its latest GPS coordinates being 31.25.349 153.04.655.

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