Report 18/12/14

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Report 18/12/14

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In the estuaries, whiting have been solid with fish to around 500gr on offer from all local systems. Numerous types of surface lures have been effective, as well as live worms, yabbies and prawns. Also on the chew at present are good numbers of flathead, with the stretch between the Dennis Bridge and Rawdon Island producing exceptionally well. Also worth a look is the lower part of the Maria, or anywhere around Pelican Island with lures of all types worth a throw. On the bream front, while the break walls have been producing a few fish after dark on yabbies and gut baits, best results have been achieved by those throwing lures further upstream. Still a few blackfish about as well, although there are plenty of throwbacks in between the keepers. On the crustacean front, although there are still plenty of crabs on offer in the Hastings, this months Cathie prawning dark has inevitably been dissaponting. Sure the quality is excellent, but the numbers have been largely a fraction of that evident over the past couple of months. No doubt the prawns know when Xmas is coming up.

On the beaches, whiting numbers are on the improve, with Lighthouse in particular fishing well on the run up tide. In with the whiting are reasonable numbers of bream, with beach worms and pipis accounting for the better catches. On the mulloway front, plenty of school sized models remain about despite conditions of late not being terrific, however this weekend sees great tides and a reasonable forecast which is not the worst combination I have seen for quite a few weeks.

Off the rocks, results have only been average which is not uncommon at this time of year. Those willing to rise early are still scoring a few tailor, with the high ledge at Lighthouse as good as anywhere. Alternatley, those floating a bit of cabbage in the washes are still scoring a few nice blackfish, whilst also encountering the odd drummer. For those into a bit of land based game fishing, with a bit of warm water now making its way down the coast, chasing an early season cobia or longtail tuna may soon be a viable proposition.

Offshore, after the refreshing change of having last weekend all but written off via a southerly rather than the usual nor easters, this week has at least seen a return of reasonable offshore conditions. Those who have ventured out mention the southerly current at present however is quite strong, making fishing the deeper reefs difficult at best. On the positive side however, this current should bring plenty of warm down the coast, which is just what we want for our summer pelagic season, and in particular the Golden Lure which is now only a matter of weeks away. Before the current moved in, Ocean Star was scoring some great fish, with snapper, mulloway, pearl perch and big six spine leather jackets delighting their customers.

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

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Re: Report 18/12/14

Post by subeditor » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:20 pm

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