Report 11/12/14

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Report 11/12/14

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In the estuaries, after a somewhat quiet period, a few nice blackfish have shown up much to relief of diehard float watchers. Both break walls have been worth a look, with cabbage being the bait of choice. Whiting continue to improve and all the indications are for an excellent season ahead. Lures and baits are both working well, with Lake Cathie certainly worth a look, as to Limeburners and the back channel in the Hastings. Flathead numbers remain solid with plenty of fish spread right throughout the system, with whitebait achieving excellent results, as to are basically all types of lures. On the mulloway front, the recent full moon phase again saw a few nice fish on offer from the break walls and lower reaches in general, with both 9” soft plastics and live mullet most effective.

For crustacean enthusiasts, prawning is once again on in earnest at Lake Cathie, with the current dark kicking off this week. Whilst most are reasonably optimistic, it often seems the prawns know when Christmas is coming and become elusive just when you really want them. On the crab scene, both muddies and blue swimmers remain terrific in the Hastings, and I would not be too far off the mark suggesting the amount of crabbing gear being deployed on any given night at the moment is significantly more than at any time in recent memory.

Off the beaches, the recent full moon phase was once again ruined by constant nor easters, with conditions on the open stretches of sand bordering between unfishable and uncomfortable, much to the disdain of mulloway enthusiasts. As such, best reports came from those fishing early mornings for bream and whiting, with Shelley’s in town again fishing surprisingly well. Those fishing Lighthouse also encountered both of these species, along with the occasional tailor and salmon.

Off the rocks however, tailor are reasonable although what fish about are only in the chopper class as is usually the case at this time of year. Also off the rocks, the odd bream and blackfish have been encountered by those putting in the time, along with a few late season drummer. With the constant nor easters keeping the water temperature quite cool, don’t be surprised if chasing a few pigs remains a viable option for the next few weeks.

Offshore, most anglers have been frustrated almost to the point of needing sedation courtesy of the constant winds. The past few weeks have seen only brief windows of opportunity, with most agreeing this year has been one of the windiest in many, many years. At the time of writing, this weekend again doesn’t look encouraging, although we can live in hope conditions turn out better than expected. Hopefully next week we will have some more positive news to report.

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

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Re: Report 11/12/14

Post by subeditor » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:43 pm

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