Weekly Report 26/03/14

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Weekly Report 26/03/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:28 am

Beaches
Red weed has once again begun to show up, after a prolonged absence over recent years. To date, only isolated patches have caused significant problems for anglers, however by all reports there is plenty offshore which is never a good sign. Hopefully, the weather gods will conspire to move the bulk of it on in the not to distant future. Those who have been wetting a line report a few school mulloway from both North Beach and Lighthouse, with both also producing tailor. The beaches around Lake Cathie remain the best option for both bream and whiting at present.

Rocks
Tailor numbers are consistent with most local headlands now producing fish during dawn and evening sessions. To date, most fish are only in the chopper class, however there is the odd greenback now haunting the washes along with continued numbers of small to medium bonito. Bream numbers remain reasonable and should improve as we move deeper into autumn, whilst those fishing the washes during the day report big numbers of blackfish. Locally, both Miners and Flagstaff have both produced fish to over a kilo. On the land based game front, longtail tuna are pretty well everywhere and will most likely stay for a while longer given the quantity of bait around at present. For those looking to try their luck with these terrific land based sport fish, best bet would be to head south to either Bonny Hills or Point Perpendicular, the latter reported to have produced numerous fish over the past week.

Estuary

A few blackfish have begun to show up although most are far from being in prime condition. This should hopefully change over the next month or so. Bream numbers have picked up a little in the lower reaches, and should further improve from this point onwards, especially if we get a decent drop of rain. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, as too are whiting, whilst garfish schools remain abundant around the police station and Pelican Island. Reports have also come in of plenty of mullet moving into the lower reaches, with their annual seaward migration now not too far off. Those keen on targeting a big mulloway will no doubt take note of this. Plenty of crabs still about for those keen to set the traps, with areas upstream producing solid muddies, whilst the blue swimmers remain the best they have been for several years from Blackmans Point downstream.

Offshore
Barries Bay has been firing on most days as long as the current is running. Spanish mackerel and spotted mackerel numbers have been terrific, whilst the odd cobia, longtail tuna and even a sailfish have been taken in the bay. Although just be prepared to fish in a crowd, with in excess of 20 boats in there on occasions, most slow trolling. A little bit of etiquette and courtesy should be mandatory, not optional, especially in these types of situations. Also on the pelagic front, mahi mahi have been everywhere, as close in as 25 meters, whilst marlin remain viable targets as well. On the bottom fishing scene, results however have been a little mixed. The reefs north have produced a few teraglin, kingfish and mulloway, however snapper numbers have been down overall.

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

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