Weekly Report 28/01/14

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Weekly Report 28/01/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:48 pm

Estuary
Flathead and whiting numbers remain solid, and remain the best bets as they usually are during the warmer months. The best flattie bait at present is whitebait, with worms or yabbies doing the trick with whiting. Lures of course will also achieve great results with both species, with Lake Cathie in particular starting to see some great surface action on whiting.

On the blackfish front, Limeburners in the Hastings has been consistently productive, whilst Lake Cathie has also seen some reasonable action around the bridge on cabbage.

Lake Cathie is still producing reasonable numbers of prawns, although the overall quality remains below what we would like to see. Unless the system closes in the near future and a late season run is evident, I suspect this summer will not produce the quantity nor quality hoped for.

For crabbers, muddies are still active in the upper reaches of the Hastings, whilst the lower reaches have seen the best numbers of blue swimmers for several years. A couple of big plusses when chasing blue swimmers are you are allowed to use 5 witches hats per person, and can target them during daylight hours, which largely eliminates the risk of trap theft which is so rampant overnight.

Rock
Tailor numbers have been reasonable from around Point Plomer and Crescent Head. Blackfish too are well worth chasing by floating a bit of cabbage, with this method also likely to attract the attention of the occasional drummer. Best results have been reported from south of Port.

For land based game enthusiasts, we are finally beginning to see a bit of warm blue water in close, along with improved showings of baitfish. As such, I fully expect the coming weeks will see the action begin to pick up nicely.

Beaches
Apart from a few school mulloway of an evening and the odd few bream and whiting during daylight hours, results have been only average. Hopefully with some warmer water and improved baitfish numbers along our coast, results should improve, particularly on the tailor front.

Offshore
The swirling currents have seen the water temperature vary considerably from a cool 18 degrees one day to an attractive 24 degrees and more the next. On the positive side however for game fisho’s there is some very warm water rapidly moving down the coast, and with luck, we should see this warm water close in at some point over the next week or so. If this occurs, I expect Barriers Bay will draw a significant amount of attention for those seeking cobia, longtail tuna and Spanish mackerel, not to mention of course mahi mahi and billfish a little wider. We have already heard of a couple of mackerel from the bay despite relatively unattractive water, which bodes well for the coming weeks when conditions should improve substantially.

For bottom bouncers, when the current is reasonable results have been quite good, with snapper, teraglin and pearl perch featuring together with a few solid kings.

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

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