Report 13/05/14

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Report 13/05/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue May 13, 2014 9:38 pm

Estuary
Blackfish numbers have really picked up over the past week, with terrific numbers of fish taken from the lower reaches. Both break walls have been worth a look, as has the Lady Nelson wharf, with greenweed achieving the better results. No doubt the distinct odour of moth balls will be a feature of these locations over the next month or two now. A similar story on the bream front, with the break walls fishing particularly well, especially after dark. Live yabbies have been achieving the better results, however mullet strips or mullet gut are also well worth a go. Further up river, flathead remain consistent, with the area between Blackmans Point and Rawdon Island producing consistent results with lures achieving the better action. On the mulloway front, the odd better fish is now on offer from the lower reaches, with live mullet by far the bait of choice. Don’t be afraid either to throw large hard bodied lures if you see a few mullet hanging around, irrespective of whether its day or night. Many a good fish can be taken doing just that, particularly at this time of year. On the crustacean front, blue swimmer and mud crab numbers remain terrific for this time of the year and remain well worth chasing, whilst the keen prawners among us will no doubt once again brave the cooling waters of Lake Cathie next week after the terrific showing last moon.

Beaches
Some terrific tailor have been on offer, most notably during the evening sessions. Lighthouse has been the pick of locations, with plenty of fish to over 2 kilos taken on both lures, pilchards and garfish. Along with the tailor, a few solid mulloway have also been about, with you guessed it, fresh tailor by far the bait of choice. On the bream front, North Beach has been producing a few really nice fish to over a kilo, but I suspect the next couple of weeks following this current full moon phase will likely produce the best action of the year, weather permitting of course. Mullet strips and pipis should achieve the better results.

Rocks
Tailor are again terrific with pretty well all vantage points producing fish during both dawn and dusk sessions. Just be up early though, as with little swell or cloud cover about, the bite has generally been brief. A few nice bream have also been taken from Point Perpendicular to the south as well as Lighthouse locally. For those fishing the washes, blackfish numbers remain solid, however little exciting news to date on the drummer front. Hopefully the water will begin to cool in the not too distant future and a few more of these bruisers will begin to show up.

Outside
Reports have been reasonable, with most boats finding a bit of action. On the bottom fishing scene, Plomer has been producing a few pearl perch, teraglin and the odd few snapper, although most red enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the water temperature to drop by a few degrees to kick start the season proper. On the pelagic front, Barries Bay is still worth a look for either a mackerel or long tail tuna, whilst the FAD continues to hold excellent numbers of mahi mahi to around 8 kilos.

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

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