Weekly Report 18/02/14

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Weekly Report 18/02/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:10 pm

Beaches
Results have been above average for this time of year. Good tailor have been present on most stretches of sand with pilchards, whitebait and lures all proving successful. Bream numbers have been terrific with Grants and Sharkey’s at Bonny Hills both reported to be fishing well. If whiting is your preferred target you need look no further than directly in front of Lake Cathie. Although no longer open, the whiting seem to love hanging around right where the opening was. On the mulloway front, a few reasonable school sized fish were taken from Lighthouse and North Beach over the recent full moon period, but by all reports the stingrays and shovel nose rays were particularly ravenous, meaning bait consumption levels were much higher than desired.

Rocks
Reasonable numbers of bream have been on offer despite the full moon phase, with both Point Plommer and Lighthouse fishing well, particularly late afternoons. Pick of the baits have been either mullet or tailor strips. Tailor have been consistent with Point Plommer and surrounds achieving good results although Lighthouse locally should not be overlooked. Bonito numbers have also been excellent, with either whitebait or very small metal slugs achieving the better results. Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular have been the more consistent locations. No real news as yet for land based game enthusiasts, but with a few southerlies now blowing through and the water temperature and colour beginning to improve, any day could see the longtails and possible Spanish or cobia turn up in numbers.

Estuary
Flathead numbers have been solid however the consistent story coming in is in regards to the number of juvenile fish in the Hastings. Whilst somewhat annoying, this in reality is a great sign and testament to the current health of the river. Good results on the lizards have been achieved from most locations with whitebait proving the pick of baits by far. On the bream front, best results have again been achieved up around Rawdon Island, however look for a big improvement in the lower reaches if the recent rainfall adds a bit of much needed colour to the system. On the crab front, the terrific season to date shows no real signs of slowing with plenty of muddies in the upper reaches, and plenty of blue swimmers downstream around the Hibbard area.

Outside
The current has been really screaming of late, making life difficult for those who simply wish to fish the bottom. Those throwing plastics are also doing it a little tough, although the methods used for this style of fishing can still prove viable when the currents up. Best reports have come from close in off Plommer with a few reasonable snapper on offer.

Those venturing out to the FAD have reported plenty of mahi mahi but most have been smaller fish. Wider out, marlin are certainly a viable proposition and we are beginning to hear few whispers regarding mackerel in Barries Bay. To date the water colour and temperature has not been at all optimal, but with favourable conditions now coming our way, expect significantly improved action over the coming weeks.

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

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