Weekly Report 23/04/14

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Weekly Report 23/04/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:12 am

Estuary
Bream have shown a significant improvement as is usually the case at this time of year. Best results have been achieved around the break walls and up Limeburners, with yabbies, mullet strips and gut baits achieving the better results. Blackfish have also been quite good however still tend to be a little inconsistent at times. As has been the case over recent weeks, cabbage is proving the bait of choice for the better quality fish. Flathead remain a viable option and whilst perhaps not quite as thick as in recent weeks, the quality has been reasonable. Lures and live poddy mullet have been achieving the better results. A few good whiting are also still about around Blackmans Point and up Limeburners, although they are beginning to taper off as is usual at this time of year. On the mulloway front, the south wall has produced a couple of fish over the past week, however with good tides from this weekend on, I expect reasonable action for those fishing the evening high tide. By all reports there are still plenty of mullet assembling in the lower reaches, so conditions should be close to ideal. On the crustacean front, both blue swimmer and mud crabs remain active throughout the Hastings, whilst Lake Cathie has finally produced some reasonably sized prawns. For those not afraid of a bit of marginally cooler water, a trip down either in the next few days or next dark could be well worth your while.

Beaches
Results have been a little hit and miss over the past week. The large swell early last weekend certainly didn'’t help proceedings, limiting realistic opportunities to the more protected areas around town which gave up a few bream, whiting and the occasional flathead. Once the sea backed down, Lighthouse saw a few reasonable bream and a sprinkling of tailor from the southern end, although mulloway numbers were noticeably scarce. Perhaps once the full annual mullet run commences, results may improve a little, particularly in respect to the larger models.

Rocks
Tailor numbers were a little down on recent weeks, although those who hit the stones at dawn over the weekend generally managed a few reasonable fish. Those spinning small metal lures also report reasonable numbers of bonito are still around. On the land based game front, Point Perpendicular is still giving up a few longtail tuna, with fish in the 12 to 20 kilo bracket common. Also off the rocks, Plommer has been producing a few school sized mulloway, with fresh octopus working a treat if you can get some, whilst those floating a bit of cabbage around Shelley’s and Miners report good numbers of quality blackfish still on offer.

Offshore
The fishing remains a little up and down as it has been for several weeks now. On the pelagic front, Barries Bay is still producing a few mackerel and the odd cobia, whilst the FAD is holding some nice mahi mahi up to around 8 kilos. No real news in regards to billfish however, although with the water still a balmy 25 degrees, I wouldn'’t write off the season yet. On the bottom fishing front, Plommer seems to be producing the better results, with a few snapper, kingfish and the odd teraglin on offer.

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

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