Report 08/10/14

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Report 08/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:26 am

In the estuary, flathead have been terrific, with good fish on offer from most parts. The lower part of the Maria and around Rawdon Island in particular are fishing quite well, although around Pelican Island and the coal wall too are producing some solid lizards. Blades and soft plastics with either green or brown hues seem to be achieving the better results, with school mulloway a most welcome bycatch. A few reasonable bream are still on offer around Limeburners and the coal wall, although the current full moon phase will likely see the better action early mornings. Increasing numbers of whiting are also beginning to show in the Hastings with Limeburners and around Blackmans Point now producing some nice fish, with live worms or yabbies the pick of baits. Look for a pickup in surface action as the prawns begin to come more active after this moon. On the blackfish front, some reasonable results are still being achieved, most notably in the lower reaches, and predominately on artificial weed. The results this stuff is achieving is even surprising those who have been steadfastly stuck in their ways for many, many years. Who said you can can’t teach an old blackfisherman new tricks!

On the crustacean front, the Hastings is still producing both blue swimmer and mud crabs in terrific numbers as has been the case for about 12 months now. How long this will continue remains to be seen. And for Lake Cathie prawning enthusiasts, this weekend sees the start of another dark, and the general feeling is quite positive for the season ahead given the results enjoyed before the water got a bit cool. Expect a high level of participation at most locations downstream of the perch hole over the next week or so.

Off the beaches, a few reasonable school mulloway have been taken over recent days, with both Lighthouse and North Beach worth a look. Live worms and whole squid have both been successful. Still a few bream about predominately during early mornings, whilst whiting numbers are beginning to improve as is usually the case at this time of year. Tailor on the other hand have been inconsistent, although the odd salmon has been about to add a little sport if nothing else. There has also been a fair bit of red week beginning to show up, which is never a good sign at this time of year.

Off the rocks, there are still a few solid drummer for those putting in the effort and I suspect the more washed out ledges will hold fish for a few months yet given the slow start to the season. Tailor remain reasonable for those fishing first light, with the Lighthouse locally fishing as well as anywhere. For those fishing the washes, a few bream and blackfish remain on offer, whilst an evening session for mulloway could well prove rewarding around the current full moon.

Outside fisho’s continue to be frustrated by inconsistent conditions such as the big swell which rolled in last weekend despite little local wind. When conditions allow, snapper numbers remain terrific on most reefs, with both soft plastics and traditional bottom fishing techniques achieving good results. A few sampson fish, kingfish, teraglin and pearl perch have also been scored on the reefs off Plomer, whilst wider out yellowfin tuna and a few billfish have been encountered by the game fishing enthusiasts, hopefully pointing to a top season ahead.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Re: Report 08/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:26 am

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