Report 21/10/14

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Report 21/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:49 pm

In the estuary, flathead remain the most viable option however whiting numbers are improving each week. Best bait for whiting remains either beach worms or yabbies, with Blackmans Point, Limeburners, the Maria and the Back Channel all well worth a look locally, whilst those travelling south to Lake Cathie have also been scoring some nice fish despite the system being closed to the ocean. Flathead are spread pretty well all throughout the entire estuary with areas upstream in both the Hastings and Maria rivers now fishing best. However numbers closer to Port to have been quite good with nice lizards taken from the back channel, Hibbard and Limeburners. Best bait continues to be whitebait, however larger hard bodied lures and soft plastics continue to score the better quality models. On the crustacean front, both blue swimmer and mud crabs are still most active, with the better results on the latter now being seen further up river. And another prawn dark has just rolled by, with Lake Cathie producing rewarding numbers of good sized prawns indicating a terrific season ahead.

Off the beaches, the constant winds have seen conditions challenging on most days although there are some nice fish about for those putting in the effort. As has been the case for some time, school mulloway have been consistent after dark, with both North Beach and around Lake Cathie again fishing well. Day time anglers have also been scoring a few bream and increasing numbers of whiting, predominately off Lighthouse, with beach worms and pipis both working well. At least the red weed seems to have dissipated somewhat, for the time being at any rate.

On the rocks, a few tailor are about however most are just in the chopper class. The odd drummer is still on offer primarily from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular, together with around Lighthouse locally, although many of the preferred ledges are now beginning to sand up noticeably. Bream numbers remain reasonable however night time sessions are the go, whilst a few blackfish are still being extracted from around Nobby’s and south at Point Perpendicular.

Offshore, good news for local fisho’s with a meeting held this week confirming the implementation of an artificial reef off Port. This NSW DPI Fisheries project will be of enormous interest to all offshore anglers, with implementation anticipated to occur mid to late 2015. Full details will of course be provided once all formalities are in place, however at this stage a tentative location is proposed in around 40 to 45 meters east of the bar, just inside the flathead grounds. Based on results obtained from existing artificial reef projects implemented off Sydney as well in QLD and WA, the angling prospects are certainly exciting. Also on the subject of NSW DPI Fisheries projects, after being removed for winter maintenance, the FAD has again been re deployed this week. GPS coordinates are unchanged, being 31° 24.567' 153° 04.725'. Hopefully the results on mahi mahi and other pelagics will again be exceptional this summer season.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com

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Re: Report 21/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:49 pm

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