Report 14/10/14

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Report 14/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:55 pm

In the estuary, flathead remain the star attraction with some quality fish now on offer from most parts. As has been the case thus far this season, lures have been accounting for the better results, although whitebait to has been quite productive. Also on the improve are whiting numbers, particularly from around Big Bay and the back channel. Live worms and yabbies have been achieving the better results, however from now on, surface lures will also be a viable presentation. On the blackfish front, results have slowed over the past week, with most theorising the bulk of the fish have moved either upstream or back out to sea. All in all though, the dedicated float watchers have enjoyed a terrific season, with overall results significantly up from that seen in recent years. On the crustacean front, blue swimmer and mud crabs remain active, as to are the trap thieves unfortunately, whilst early prawn reports from Lake Cathie are most encouraging despite having to negotiate quite a bit of early season weed and debris.

Off the beaches, red weed is now becoming somewhat of a concern with most beaches, although quite fishable, containing a presence to some degree. Unfortunately, red weed has become synonymous with dry seasons, and this summer is shaping up as one of our driest for several years. Let’s just hope it does not reach the levels seen during our worst years. On the positive side, the recent full moon phase saw Lighthouse again fish well on the mulloway front, with the southern end in particular giving up many nice fish between just under legal and about 10 kilos. Worms and whole squid were both productive, however I would hazard to mention if larger baits were deployed, there would most certainly have been a few much larger models encountered. This is the key if seeking a better class of fish, present a bait beyond the appetite of the smaller more aggressive school fish, and engage patience.

Off the rocks, still a few drummer on offer however the action has begun to slow and many of the preferred locations are beginning to sand right up as is usually the case with a constant north east swell at this time of year. Tailor on the other hand remain a viable proposition with some reasonable fish to around a kilo on offer from most headlands, with Lighthouse locally again the pick of locations. A few bream are also on offer, with fresh tailor strips achieving good results. Blackfish numbers remain reasonable for those floating a bit of cabbage, whilst the odd groper is still on offer, with Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular the pick of locations.

Outside reports understandably have been somewhat quiet, with conditions ordinary on most days. This has been particularly frustrating for those with smaller craft who enjoy targeting snapper on the close in reefs, as the fish are certainly still there in numbers. Add to this the tendency for the wind and ocean to be at their ugliest on weekends, when most have a window of opportunity to get out, and you see where the frustration comes in. At least we don’t have these concerns this weekend, with access minimal and our primary boat ramp once again commandeered for other priorities apart from what it was implemented for.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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jas.ned@bigpond.com

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Re: Report 14/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:55 pm

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