Report 8/2/15

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Report 8/2/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:10 am

As is always the case at this time of year, the buzz around the angling fraternity focuses on the Golden Lure. The 2015 tournament, which is now in its 35th year, kicks off Saturday the 10th of January, with the final days angling scheduled for Friday the 16th. With close to 40 boats expected to compete this year, no doubt there will be some fierce competition and terrific catches as well. There is also the juniors on shore day to be held Wednesday the 14th, which is always a great day with all kids guaranteed a prize. For further information or entry forms for the juniors day, either head to the Golden Lure headquarters near the marina, or call into Ned Kelly’s Bait n Tackle.

On the game fishing scene, the news is good too, with terrific action over the past week. Off Port Macquarie there have been quite a few blue and black marlin encounters, whist waters just to the north are holding increasing numbers of small blacks. Some big mahi mahi are also around, although to date the vast majority of fish have been loners travelling in open waters, along current lines or following bait sources. On the water temperature side of things, the encouraging news is there is some lovely 24 to 26 degree water in patches now swirling off the coast locally, and not too wide either which is great news for the smaller boats. Fingers crossed now for some good weather over the course of the event and best wishes to all competing.

Also offshore, snapper numbers have been better than usual for this time of year with some nice fish in excess of 5 kilos both off Port and Plomer. As is often the case, those throwing soft plastics have been achieving the better results on the quality fish, with the reefs in between 25 and 40 meters fishing well. For those using traditional bottom fishing techniques when the current is reasonable, pearl perch and teraglin numbers are quite solid, whilst trag rock has produced the odd kingfish to around 8 kilos. For those keen on simply chasing a few flatties for a feed, the quality of fish at the moment is excellent, particularly in about 53 to 58 meters directly east of the bar.

Off the beaches, tailor numbers remain better than expected which is always pleasing. Best results have been from around Lake Cathie and south of Laurieton. Whiting numbers to have been quite reasonable, with the northern section of Lighthouse, the southern section of north beach and Shelley’s in town all worth a look. A few reasonable bream have also been taken from these locations, with both beach worms and pipis working well. On the mulloway front, Lighthouse and around Lake Cathie both produced a few reasonable fish on the lead up to the full moon, along with a couple of tales of woe involving significant fish lost due to a either bad luck, or in one particular case, another cerebral malfunction.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers are reasonable with the odd very nice fish taken by those putting in the time. Pilchards and lures have both been successful. Blackfish are also a good proposition with Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular both producing a few reasonable bags, whilst a few good bream have been taken during evening sessions. No real signs of pelagics apart from the odd cobia encounter from around Hat Head. We have also had reports of plenty of bonito just south of Port, so hopefully these sought after fish will grace our part of the coast as well over the coming weeks.

In the estuary, action has been solid over the past week with just about every available piece of foreshore again occupied by both locals and visitors alike. Star attractions have been the summer staples flathead and whiting with some great results achieved on both. Flathead numbers have been excellent with fish on offer from around Settlement Point, Blackmans Point and the break walls, however the better results continue to be achieved upstream of the Dennis bridge. Blackmans has also been worth a look for whiting, however the back channel and Limeburners have arguably been producing a better class of fish. Off the break walls, the odd bream and blackfish have been on offer although in the main, results are average at best. Once the moon wanes a little more, look for the bream action after dark to pick up a tad. Also in the estuaries are improved numbers of those light line targets, the sand or lano mullet, as well as plenty of garfish. Light line, size 10 or 12 hooks, any type of float and a bit of bread is all you need for an entertaining and productive session for adults and kids alike. On the mulloway front, the recent full moon phase saw a sprinkling of fish taken from both break walls, with a few around the 15 kilo bracket. Upstream, smaller fish ranging from undersize to around 5 or so kilo remain viable targets for those throwing the larger soft plastics around either structure or the deeper holes.

On the crustacean front, there are still plenty of blue swimmer and mud crabs on offer in the Hastings, as well as throughout the Lake Cathie system. Just be mindful however, trap interference and theft remains rife, so leave you gear unattended for an extended period of time at your peril. For prawning enthusiasts, this current dark has just commenced and no doubt the participation level will again be high. Hopefully the rewards this month will be an improvement on the poor returns of last moon.

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

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Re: Report 8/2/15

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