Weekly Report 15/01/14

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Weekly Report 15/01/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:25 am

Offshore
The Golden Lure has once again been successfully staged, and congratulations to all the winners and of course the organizing committee. As expected, some great action was enjoyed, again highlighting the potential of this area on the game fishing front.

The great news is, with the currents continuing to push plenty of warm water down from the north, the action should only improve over the next couple of months. If you are chasing pelagics close in, small black marlin are certainly on the cards pretty much all up and down the coast. Wider out, blue and striped marlin are about in good numbers, along with some terrific mahi mahi and the odd wahoo. Alternately, Barries Bay should be well worth investigating over the next couple of months with Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and cobia all on the cards.

Bottom fishing
The variable currents and water temperatures in close have made for up and down results. One day the water is still and a cool 18 degrees, the next the current is flying and the water a beautiful blue and 24 degrees. Despite this, reasonable boxes of snapper, pearl perch and kingfish have been obtained, with the reefs off Plomer seeming to produce the more consistent results.

Beaches
The lead up to the full moon saw a few reasonable mulloway about. Aileen Huff managed a nice 14 kilo model from North Beach, whilst the beaches around North Haven and Bonny Hill produced a sprinkling of fish to around 10 kilos. The odd bream, better than average whiting and late season salmon have also been about, with early morning sessions seeing the better results. Tailor have been elusive of late, but hopefully the arrival of warm currents and bait fish will see an improvement in the short term.

Rocks
Bream and blackfish have both been reasonable from around Plomer, along with consistent numbers of school mulloway. Tailor, however, have been hard to find despite conditions being quite OK. There are still a few drummer around for those fishing the washes with prawns, cunjevoi or cabbage.

On the land-based game scene, longtail tuna, cobia and Spanish mackerel are all now viable targets, with the next month or two likely to see a high participation rate by those keen to put in the time.

Estuaries
Whiting and flathead both remain excellent as is usually the case at this time year. Flathead are being taken from pretty well all parts of the Hastings on both bait and lures, while Limeburners in the Hastings as well as Lake Cathie have been consistently producing solid numbers of whiting.

Also in the estuaries, some terrific bream have been taken on surface lures from the very upper reaches of the salt, with some cracking bass mixed in with them. Also upstream, mulloway numbers remain excellent with both the Hastings and Maria producing fish on a regular basis.

On the crustacean front, we are just about to enter another prawning dark, and I expect Lake Cathie will be well patronized. Hopefully the quality will be improved on that evident last moon. As for the crabs, the Hastings and Maria are still producing a few muddies although guarding your traps remains pretty well mandatory. If blue swimmers are more to your liking, by all reports Queens Lake and Watson Taylor lake in the Camden Haven are well worth prospecting.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Re: Weekly Report 15/01/14

Post by kformica » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:25 pm

We fished this week at the southwest rocks fad and the port fad and got a 19.1kg dolphin fish at SWR and 10.4 kg dolphin at Port lots of Muppets though (small)
And we got 2 blue marlin in 1200m of water off Laureton
Its been a lot of fun

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