Report 27/05/14

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Report 27/05/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue May 27, 2014 9:02 pm

Estuaries
Bream have been excellent from pretty well all locations. Both break walls have been fishing exceptionally well, with all manner of baits proving successful. If anything, pilchards pieces during the day, and live yabbies after dark have been the pick of baits. Further upstream, Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters has been putting customers onto heaps of bream on all manner of lures, with many fish being the better side of a kilo. Also in the estuaries, blackfish numbers remain solid albeit not quite as concentrated in the lower reaches as during the past couple of weeks. Flathead remain a viable target upstream on soft plastics, with those throwing the larger lures also scoring some nice school mulloway. There are also a few much larger models lurking in both the Hastings and Camden Haven systems, with live mullet without peer as far as bait is concerned. On the crustacean front, our terrific crab season shows no real signs of slowing down, with consistent numbers of both blue swimmer and mud crabs still on offer. In addition, those who took the plunge and chased prawns in the cooling Lake Cathie waters were again very well rewarded this dark. Hopefully next moon will again see plenty of prawns available although I doubt the comfort level will be quite as tolerable as during the past week or so.

Beaches
There have been some terrific bream on most stretches of sand, with good reports coming from North Beach, Lighthouse and south beach at Dunbogan. Pipis and either fresh tailor or mullet strips have been the baits of choice. On the tailor front, still plenty of nice fish about, however you may on occasions need to be mobile and chase the bait schools in order to find the better numbers. Just look for diving sea birds and you can bet there will be tailor underneath. On the mulloway front, results have been a little below expectations, however with good tides this weekend, I expect results should be reasonable. We have also had a few reports of salmon here and there as well, however we will have to await the cooler water to arrive to see whether we get inundated again or just see a few fish from time to time as has been the case over recent seasons.

Rocks
Bream numbers are excellent, with Point Plommer, Hat Head and around Miners locally fishing well. This past week has seen a few bag limit catches taken with the general size excellent. Tailor numbers too have been terrific, and it is encouraging to hear of a few better quality specimens being landed, predominately from those throwing either large lures or garfish. Also encouraging is to hear a few reports of drummer starting to show up, with this trend likely to gain momentum in line with the water continuing to cool. As in recent weeks, blackfish numbers remain terrific, with Shelley’s locally and Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head to the south continuing to produce the more consistent numbers.

Offshore
Conditions of late have been just about as good as they get, with calm seas most days and minimal current. Despite the sublime conditions, results have however only been average, with a few snapper, teraglin, pearl perch and the odd mulloway taken, along with a few solid mahi mahi wider out. With the water temperature now finally beginning to drop, hopefully our winter snapper season will begin to fully fire up any time now.

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

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