Weekly Report 04/02/14

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Weekly Report 04/02/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:48 pm

BEACHES
Tailor have picked up a little with reasonable catches reported from the lower end of Lighthouse and from around the Camden Haven. Lures and pilchards have both proven effective. Whiting numbers remain reasonable although to date this summer hasn'’t produced the consistent run of quality fish many beach fisho’s look forward to. No doubt the cool water along our coastline is contributing to this. On the bream front, a few reasonable fish are about, although you will have to contend with plenty of dart throughout the day, and rays during the night, both of which are particularly ravenous at the moment.

ROCKS
Some terrific greenback tailor have been about, highlighted by Tim Hurst'’s 6.45 kilo fish which once again will prove difficult to beat in our Shimano Fish of the Year competition. Whilst this is certainly a standout fish, both Lighthouse locally and south at Diamond Head are both producing consistent results of fish to around a kilo or so at first light.

Apart from tailor, a few blackfish and drummer have been on offer, mainly from south of Port, whilst Plommer has produced a few school mulloway and a smattering of bream.

On the land based game scene, although the water colour and temperature are yet to reach optimum levels, Point Perpendicular has once again been inundated by those who take this pursuit rather seriously. Significant shelters, live bait pools and aeration systems have been established, while a significant array of tackle and supplies has also been carted out. Let's just hope they are as enthusiastic about taking their rubbish back out again when they leave, something they seem to keep forgetting to do over recent years.

ESTUARY
The Hastings would benefit from a decent drop of rain, with fish at present spread right throughout the system from basically Bains Bridge down to the break walls. Despite this, there are plenty of good fish to had, particularly for those willing to put in the effort.

On the blackfish front, the bulk of the fish seem to be holding around the weed beds, and remain particularly fond of lightly weighted yabbies. Whiting remain reasonable, with Limeburners, Blackmans Point and of course Lake Cathie all proving productive. Flathead too of course also remain prolific around these locations, with lures of all types proving the method of choice.

On the crabbing scene, great news with both muddies and blue swimmers active in big numbers. The best results on the muddies continue to come from the very upper reaches of the Hastings and its tributaries, which stands to reason given how far up the saltwater now extends. The best results on the blue swimmers have been achieved between Blackmans Point and Settlement Point, as well as in the Lake Cathie system. The numbers at Lake Cathie in particular have been significant, although many are either undersized or females carrying eggs so obviously they can't be kept. Most of us are OK with that, but a few losers down that way are struggling with both this concept as well as the bag limit, which is quite generous at 20 per person.

OFFSHORE
The best results have been reported from wide off Plommer, with good kingfish, pearl perch and snapper on offer. On the pelagic front, marlin numbers remain reasonable, whilst the FAD continues to produce consistent numbers of mahi mahi. To date, Barries Bay is yet to really fire on the mackerel front, although the waters north around South West Rocks are rumoured to be alive with Spanish, spotties and some big cobia. Hopefully they will come around the corner in numbers shortly.

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

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