Report 11/06/14

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Report 11/06/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:02 am

Beaches
Limited opportunities have existed courtesy of the southerly winds, increased swells and large tidal movement leading up to this full moon. This is somewhat of a shame as this current tide cycle and lunar period is highly regarded by those chasing both big tailor and mulloway. Given the conditions, best results have been achieved by those fishing the more protected southern corners, with bream numbers and quality terrific. Early morning has been by far the most productive period, with pipis and mullet strips achieving the better results as is often the case at this time of year. I don’t know what it is about pipis at this time of year, but during May and June the big travelling bream have a real penchant for these humble morsels.

Rocks
As expected the swells have limited opportunities significantly, with the more sheltered locations the places to fish. In such locations, bream numbers have been excellent with the building moon not seeming to slow the night time bite to significantly. On the tailor front, there are still plenty of fish about, however by and large access to the ledges where the better quality greenbacks are generally caught has been somewhat limited. When the seas settle the action should again be excellent. On the drummer front, this is just what the doctor ordered, with the increased swells hopefully both shifting a bit of sand, and creating improved feeding opportunities for the pigs. If you are keen on mixing it with these winter brawlers, from now on is the time. Alternately, if chasing blackfish off the stones is more to your liking, Shelley’s, Miners and around Flagstaff are all worth a look.

Estuary
Bream numbers remain terrific with several locals stating this has been the best bream season they have seen for many years. Best results again have come from around the break walls and coal wall, however Limeburners and around Settlement Point have both been worth a look. Strip baits of mullet or mackerel, gut bait or yabbies have all proven successful. Blackfish numbers too have remained solid, with plenty of bronzies in the lower reaches taking both green weed and cabbage. We have also had a few encouraging reports from further upstream, most notably the Maria which will be well worth prospecting over the coming weeks. On the mulloway front, Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters is still scoring reasonable numbers of school sized fish, along with plenty of flathead on both soft plastics and blades. Those keen on chasing a larger model will no doubt be focusing their efforts over the weekend around the break walls, with live baits fished around the change of tide the way to go. On the crustacean front, both blue swimmer and mud crabs still no signs of shutting down, whilst it will be interesting to see whether the cooler temperatures will slow down either the prawns, or prawners at lake Cathie this moon.

Offshore
Opportunities have naturally been limited for the best part of week now. However as is generally the case, once the seas settle, the action can be terrific particularly from the closer reefs. Best bets would be to target snapper in the 40 meter mark or closer, with either bait or plastics, or alternately head out to the flattie ground in around 55 meters for pretty well a guaranteed feed.

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