Weekly Report 04/03/14

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Weekly Report 04/03/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:35 pm

Estuaries
The recent rains will add marginal colour to the system which is certainly most welcome. Over the past week, flathead have been quite prolific although you will need to sort through the masses of juveniles which seem to be right throughout the system at present. Best results have arguably been achieved in the Maria on soft plastics. On the whiting front, Blackmans Point and Limeburners have both been worth a look with either yabbies or worms, with evening sessions seeing the better results. Bream on the other hand remain a little elusive however should improve over the coming weeks, especially if we get some decent follow up rain and the river receives a flush of sorts. On the mulloway front, the recent evening high tides saw a few nice fish taken from the break walls, with live mullet the bait of choice. On the crabbing front, still plenty of muddies and blue swimmers on offer throughout the Hastings, with perhaps the only creatures more active than the crabs being those who feel it's their right to either raid or steal other people's traps.

Beaches
The signs are encouraging with improving numbers of baitfish now cruising the shoreline. As you would expect, tailor numbers are now better than we have seen for some time, with the beaches around Diamond Head producing solid results, Locally, Lighthouse has produced a few reasonable bream late in the afternoon and after dark, whilst the front of Lake Cathie remains the place to be if you are after a feed of whiting. On the mulloway front, although the recent evening high tide saw results down a little, the upcoming full moon phase is highly regarded for chasing a larger model. Just hopefully conditions remain acceptable and the tailor hang around this year. If so, no prizes for guessing what you should be using for bait.

Rocks
The local land based game scene is off and running, with Hat Head now producing a few mackerel and cobia encounters. Hopefully the longtails will not be far off, and if so, look for Point Perpendicular to be a hive of activity. Elsewhere of the rocks, bream remain reasonable locally, whilst tailor and bonito have been on offer from around Point Plomer at first light.

Offshore
Barries Bay has come alive with solid numbers of Spanish mackerel and cobia on offer. Slow trolled livies has again been the most popular method of attack, although many are preferring to tow either tailor or bonito, as the smaller slimies are attacked by the masses of mac tuna before the more sought after quarries can zero in. On the bottom fishing scene, the strong currents have created awkward conditions more often than not wider out. As such, the shallow reefs south of the Lighthouse have been well patronised, with a few reasonable snapper taken on both baits and soft plastics.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com

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