Report 29/10/14

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Report 29/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:43 pm

In the upper estuary however, the water temperature has now begun to rise by a couple of degrees which should lead to improved action over the coming weeks and the start of our real summer estuary angling season. Already, Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters and his clients have been enjoying this improved water temperature, with plenty of flathead taking both blades and soft plastics, whiting and bream beginning to show marked improvement on surface lures, as well as a few nice school mulloway from around the bridges and deeper holes. In the lower reaches, the break walls are still worth a shot for bream after dark, whilst those chasing blackfish are still managing a few fish on most days. We have also had several reports of good sized trevally taking quickly retrieved surface lures, with the canals as good a location as any to chase these top fighting sportfish. Good news on the fresh water front, with bass action already terrific in all local waterways. Whether the sensational surface bite of last season is repeated this summer or not remains to be seen, but early indications are certainly most encouraging.

Off the beaches, a few bream have been extracted from both Lighthouse and North Beach, along with the odd reasonable whiting. Beach worms and pipis have been the baits of choice. On the mulloway front, the recent good tides again saw a few nice fish taken from the southern end of Lighthouse and in front of Lake Cathie, with a few nice fish to around 8 kilos on offer. It is however somewhat disappointing to hear stories of a few regular beach fisho’s who are constantly disregarding the new 70cm minimum size limit for mulloway. This simply defeats the purpose of the exercise in my opinion, and also shows a complete lack of respect for both the resource itself as well as all other anglers doing the right thing.

On the rocks, despite quite a bit of sand now inundating our favoured ledges, drummer numbers remain reasonable for those still putting in the time. Given the late start to this years drummer run, I would not be surprised to see a sprinkling of these sought after winter brawlers on offer right up to Christmas. Tailor numbers are reasonable although the average size is barely in the chopper class. Lighthouse locally has again been the pick of locations, with early starts a must. Also off the stones, a few blackfish and bream are available from the washes, Nobbys and Miners respectively both worth a look.

Outside reports have been mixed, as is often the case when both water temperatures and current strengths vary considerably on a day to day basis. Those chasing snapper are still encountering the occasional few reds, although you will need to work a little harder for them from this time of year on. Good new though on the pearl perch front, with the reefs off Plomer giving up some terrific fish to around 3 kilos, along with a few teraglin and other mixed reef species. Plenty of flatties on the flathead grounds directly east of the bar, with a reasonable grade of fish in the 50 to 55 metre depth bracket. On the pelagic front, those travelling to shelf are encountering a few striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and odd big mahi mahi. With the NSW Fisheries FAD now again in place, hopefully once a bit of growth develops the mahi mahi will be a terrific option for all offshore anglers.

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

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Re: Report 29/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:43 pm

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