Report 20/11/14

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 20/11/14

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On the beaches, whiting numbers continue to improve with Lighthouse in particular giving up some nice fish. Best bet is to fish the shallower sand bars on the rising tide with either worms or pipis, and avoid the deeper gutters unless you are keen to do battle with the few remaining salmon that are loitering behind on their journey back down the coast. Despite their culinary deficiencies, these salmon have at least provided some fantastic action over the past few months, with very few species capable of providing the type of challenge a salmon does on light gear. Also on the beaches, a few reasonable bream are around, with both Lighthouse and North beach fishing quite well, mainly at daybreak. For night time anglers, school mulloway numbers remain solid and with good tides this weekend, an evening session anywhere on the southern end of Lighthouse or in front of Lake Cathie could well prove rewarding. As usual, live worms will the bait of choice for the smaller school sized fish, however a well presented slab of tailor or even salmon could well do the trick for a far better model.

In the estuaries, whiting numbers have picked up noticeably, as has the quality. Fish to around 400 grams are now being encountered on a regular basis, whilst there have been plenty of other above average fish pulled from both Limeburners and the back channel, as well as the front section of Lake Cathie. Yabbies and live worms again have proven the morsels of choice, although surface poppers and stick baits are now beginning to work very well. Plenty of flathead also on offer, with soft plastics in the pumpkinseed colour doing particularly well. On the blackfish scene, results have really begun to taper as is usually the case at this time of year, although keep any eye out for the next dose of really rough weather, as this will often create a short term bite around the break walls. On the crustacean front, Lake Cathie again produced some terrific prawns this dark, although results were rather spasmodic with some nights giving terrific results and others seeing plenty of effort for meagre returns. In the Hastings, still plenty of blue swimmer and mud crabs on offer, with the latter now being caught nearly all the way up to Wauchope which is a little unusual and perhaps a fair indication of the salinity levels upriver given the lack of any significant rainfall of late.

Off the rocks, a few tailor remain on offer from most locations however most are barely legal. Hopefully their numbers and size will increase as Christmas draws closer. A few blackfish have also been encountered locally, with Shelleys and Miners the pick of locations. For night time rock hoppers, a few bream remain on offer together with reasonable numbers of school mulloway. Best baits for the mulloway off the rocks will be fresh tailor slabs, however whole squid is a more than adequate standby if the tailor are uncooperative. On the land based game front, we have heard the odd whisper regarding cobia not far north of Port, so with some nice warm water now snaking down the east coast, lobbing a livie may not be as silly as it sounds at this time of year.

Offshore, some nice snapper are still being encountered by those throwing lures, with the odd fish to around 7 kilos on offer. Whilst numbers may be down on the past few months, summer has a history of producing some really big fish, particularly close in. Wider out, a few teraglin, pearl perch and mulloway have been on the chew, whilst wider still, marlin and mahi mahi numbers are most encouraging for this time of year.

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

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