Weekly Report 01/01/13

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Weekly Report 01/01/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:07 am

Offshore
Bottom bashers have been scoring some reasonable feeds although the current has been challenging; screaming one day and still the next. The variable water temperature ranging from around 17 to 22 degrees has also not helped consistency. Despite this, reasonable numbers of snapper in the 1-5kg kilo bracket have been taken on the reefs off Lake Cathie and Plommer. Live slimeys and yakkas have been accounting for the better fish, however squid, pilchards and soft plastics have also tempted many good fish.

Also on the bottom, morwong and pearl perch numbers are excellent, whilst those dropping either live baits or jigs have reported solid numbers of kingfish on the reefs to the north. For those keen on simply chasing a few flatties for a feed, the quality of fish at the moment is quite good, with the drifts out around 55 metre mark producing the better grade of fish.

On the pelagic front, a few marlin have been encountered wide of the shelf, while the FAD continues to hold a few reasonable mahi mahi. With the Golden Lure now only a week or so away, hopefully the warm currents will be favourable and the action red hot.

Beaches
The fishing has been a little up and down as can often be case at this time of year. The recent influx of cold water saw decent action hard to come by for a while, but now the water has warmed once again, look for more consistent results. Best results of late have come from Lighthouse, with a few reasonable bream and whiting during early morning sessions. The lower section down towards Lake Cathie seems to be producing the better action. On the mulloway scene, there are still plenty of school sized fish around after dark, along with the occasional better model. If you want to upgrade to these larger fish, your best bet is to leave the worms alone, and try either slabs of tailor or mullet, live bait or even whole squid.

Rocks
A few drummer have been on offer with the cool water of late not hurting the action at all. Hat Head and Plommer have been producing reasonable numbers of average sized pigs, whilst Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head to the south have also been worth visiting. Tailor numbers are improving however the quality is not great as you would expect at this time of year. Blackfish too are a good proposition with Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular both producing a few reasonable bags, whilst a few good bream have been taken during the darker hours.

We have had a couple of reports of bonito hanging around both local headlands and Point Perpendicular which is great news for those after either some great sport or quality bait.

For land based game enthusiasts, it's still a little early for both mackerel or longtail tuna, however Hat Head has been rumoured to be holding a few solid cobia.

Estuary
Action has been aplenty over the past week with just about every available piece of foreshore occupied by both locals and visitors. Star attractions have been the summer staples: flathead and whiting, with some great results achieved on both. Flathead numbers have been excellent with fish on offer from around Settlement Point and Blackmans Point, however the better results continue to be achieved upstream of the Dennis bridge. Lake Cathie and Blackmans Point have been the pick of locations for whiting, however those with boats who venture further up the Maria have reported a better class of fish. Closer to Port, the back channel has also been worth a look for these tasty fish.

Off the break walls, a few school mulloway have been on offer, with live baits or whole squid the most successful baits. Some big flatties are still lurking around the walls which has certainly captured the attention of visitors, however at least a few people now possess the foresight to return these big females unharmed. Also in the estuaries are improved numbers of those light line targets, the sand or lano mullet, as well as plenty of garfish. Light line, size 10 or 12 hooks, any type of float and a bit of bread is all you need for an entertaining and productive session for adults and kids alike.

Further upstream, bream have been terrific particularly on surface lures, while those chasing bass have been enjoying a spectacular season. With the amount of cicadas and other insects around this summer, lures that imitate these food sources are doing particularly well. 'Match the hatch' as they say in angling circles.

On the crustacean front, the recent dark saw mixed results at Lake Cathie as can often be the case when the system is open and the flow variable. Some nights saw little action while the late part of the dark saw a few reasonable hauls, albeit with the quality still mixed at best. Whilst perhaps not ideal for the real prawning enthusiasts, a great night can be had with a scoop net and good quality torch or underwater light. Kids in particular really enjoy this activity and you can not only keep them amused for hours, but score a reasonable feed at the same time.

For crabbing enthusiasts, the Hastings west of the Dennis Bridge and top section of the Maria are both still producing a few nice muddies, although the share crabbers once again have been particularly active. This has led to increasing numbers of crabbers working their allowed five witches hats for few hours after dark in lieu of leaving a trap overnight. While it is certainly annoying having to tailor your methods as a result of a dishonest few, the upshot is that this is a far more productive and entertaining method, especially when combined with wetting a line.

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

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