Weekly Report 12/02/14

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Weekly Report 12/02/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:59 am

After being open to the sea for almost 12 months, sand and mother nature have finally conspired to again close Lake Cathie from the ocean. By my reckoning, this was the longest period of opening for many years, and coincidentally, came after the lake reached a height of 2.05 meters last year before opening itself. Well sort of anyway, but that’s another story.

While we can debate the merits or otherwise of the current opening strategy, the focus for now should be the commencement of dredging the vast quantity of sand from east of the Ocean Drive bridge. With partial government funding already approved, hopefully council can commit to the project in the short term. And more importantly, if and when dredging occurs, hopefully the debacle of the previous dredging operation will not be repeated.

In the interim, people should not forget the system is full of fish, and those fish need to eat. You may need to vary your approach a little when the system is closed, but great results are still to be had, particularly on whiting and flathead. In addition, there remains heaps of blue swimmers throughout the entire system, although as mentioned last week, many are female carrying eggs, and many are only of marginal size. It will also be interesting to see what transpires from now on in regards to prawns. Hopefully with the system now closed, the prawns will begin to grow more rapidly and a good late season run can be enjoyed.

The Hastings
Fishing remains quite good despite the absence of any recent significant rainfall. Bream numbers remain solid, particularly around Wauchope and Rawdon Island with lures achieving the better results. Whiting remain active in the Maria, Limeburners and around Pelican Island, while flathead are on offer from basically all parts downstream of full fresh water. On the mulloway front, the upper reaches are still producing a steady stream of school sized fish, although with great tides and lunar conditions at present, targeting a larger model from around the break walls could well prove rewarding. Plenty of crabs still on offer as well, with muddies from the upper reaches and blue swimmers downstream from around Blackmans Point.

Beaches
Lighthouse has been yielding a consistent run of tailor, predominately from the Lake Cathie end. While most fish have been just in the chopper class, the odd better fish has been around after dark. Hopefully given their presence, a few better mulloway will be shadowing them. For daytime anglers, north beach has been fishing better than expected, with a few solid bream, whiting and flathead on offer from between the break walls and the broken bit.

Rocks
Tailor and bonito numbers have both shown significant improvement over the past week. Best results on the tailor have been achieved using pilchards, while small metal slugs have been the go for the bonito. Also on the chew have been a few solid blackfish, with Point Perpendicular and miners locally giving up a few bronzies. No real reports of land based game activity which is not surprising, given the poor water colour and temperature along our stretch of the coastline. If we get a few consistent days of southerly or south westerly winds, and the warm blue water moves in, this can change overnight. The trick is to be ready when this occurs.

Outside
Results continue to be a little varied with terrific action on some days and rather poor results on others. On the snapper scene, the close in reefs off Lake Cathie have been producing a few nice reds, with soft plastics achieving the better results. Off Plomer, the odd pearl perch, kingfish and teraglin have been found by those bottom bashing. On the pelagic front, mahi mahi remain in good numbers, with plenty of juvenile fish in as close as 30 meters. No real excitement in Barries Bay as yet, with most keen mackerel fisho’s heading north where the action is reportedly red hot on Spanish, spotties and big cobia. Hopefully the good water and fish up there will find their way around the corner and down to our neck of the woods in the not too distant future.

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

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