Weekly Report 11/12/13

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Weekly Report 11/12/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:26 am

ESTUARY
Flathead continue to star however whiting numbers too remain excellent. Best results on the lizards are still coming from further up the Hastings, with whitebait, prawns and lures of every type all proving successful. The lower reaches have also produced a run of large females as is usually the case at this time of year, with most anglers nowadays doing the responsible thing and returning them to water to breed another day. Hopefully this trend will continue throughout the upcoming holiday period.

On the whiting front, beach worms and yabbies remain the pick of the baits, with Limeburners, around Blackmans Point and of course the entire Lake Cathie system producing the better results. On the bream scene, numbers remain reasonable, with lure enthusiasts in particular enjoying good action, with surface fizzers and the like now beginning to come into their own. Blackfish remain scattered and are simply a day to day proposition, with a feed rather than a bagful the best realistic result.

On the crab front, no significant numbers of blue swimmers as yet, although the upper reaches of both the Hastings and Maria have been producing a steady stream of tasty muddies. Regrettably, those who believe it is their right to either raid or steal any unguarded trap remain most active, so staying near your trap or witches hats, which should be unnecessary, is unfortunately recommended.

BEACH
Conditions have been challenging which is not unusual for this time of the season. One day you will have some nice warm water kissing the coastline, with whiting and bream numbers quite reasonable. The next however often sees one of the last pockets of cold water being pushed southward, with action minimal. Once these cool pockets of water have disappeared, look for more consistency with the whiting and bream action, as well as an increased presence of baitfish. Once this happens, tailor numbers should improve noticeably, hopefully with some big mulloway shadowing them. Whilst perhaps not seen as the premier time of year on the beach mulloway scene, some big models are often found around Xmas each year.

ROCKS
The odd tailor has shown up with Lighthouse and Blueface locally producing a few reasonable fish, whilst Plommer and surrounds have fared a little better. At present, the bite is brief with a pre dawn start, or an after dark session a must. On the drummer front, there is still the odd fish about although most are less than 2kg. Cunjevoi and prawns as usual have been achieving the better results.

OFFSHORE
Reports have been quite good as far as bottom bouncing is concerned, with snapper to over 5kg on offer, whilst pearl perch, kingfish, big flatties and teraglin have featured in most boxes. Best results on the reds have been achieved by those throwing soft plastics, with the reefs straight out from town fishing as well as anywhere. On the pelagic front, despite a cooler current along our coastline at present, a few mahi mahi have been encountered around the FAD and trap buoys.

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

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