Report 15/1/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 15/1/15

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On the offshore scene, obviously the Golden Lure has been the focus of the week, and as reported, there have been some terrific captures of various game species including both blue and black marlin, sharks, dolphin fish and tuna. Hopefully the reasonable conditions which graced the first half of the competition will have extended to the last two days, with some more great action eventuating. Also on the pelagic front, no real news as yet regarding Barries Bay, but if we get a few more consistent southerlies and the warm currents move back in, I expect plenty of interest from the mackerel enthusiasts.

For those heading offshore and content to chase a feed, by all reports the action has been better than expected at this time of year. Snapper numbers have been excellent with good fish being taken in close in front of Port on both soft plastics and live baits. Wider out, conventional bottom fishing techniques have also been productive when the current has not been screaming. Also on the chew have been a few teraglin and pearl perch with the best of the action off Plommer, whilst the flathead grounds have been well worth visiting despite the arduous task of constant dropping and retrieving a significant amount of lead on a repeated basis.

Off the rocks, some reasonable tailor remain on offer, with Lighthouse locally and Point Perpendicular to the south both worth visiting. Along with the tailor, some solid bream have been taken from the ledges to the north of Port, whilst locally and to the south, blackfish and drummer remain viable targets for those floating a bit of cabbage around the washes. No real land based game action as yet, however once the warm current move right in, look for the season to kick start.

Off the beaches, there are some nice fish about if you are prepared to put in the time. Lighthouse has given up some nice whiting, particularly from the northern end, along with a few reasonable bream. North beach has also been most productive on the whiting front with most spits holding good numbers of fish. Worms and pipis have both been successful, although make sure your have plenty of bait on hand as the pesky dart are also about in droves. On the tailor front, Lighthouse and the beaches around Laurieton have produced sporadic showings, however with good dawn and evening tides now upon us, expect improved results. These tides are also excellent for those chasing mulloway, with both Lighthouse and North Beach worth a look. As usual, worms will be the bait of choice for school sized fish, however a fresh slab of tailor will be hard to beat for the better quality models.

In the estuaries, flathead continue to dominate reports, with good results from both baits and lures from pretty well all locations. You will however have to sort through the juvenile numbers which seem to be outnumbering the better fish significantly at present. Best locations in the Hastings have been around Rawdon Island and up the Maria, whilst Lake Cathie also remains most productive. Quite a few whiting have also been on offer, particularly around the shallow sand flats in Limeburners and around Blackmans Point. Lightly weighted yabbies or worms have been working well. On the bream front, the upper reaches around Wauchope and towards Telegraph Point have been terrific, particularly for those throwing lures. Both surface presentations and divers have been effective, depending upon the time of day. There have also been a few blackfish throughout the lower reaches, although the majority have been either undersize or borderline legal. Those throwing lightly weighted yabbies around the weed beds in lieu of conventional techniques have been scoring a marginally better class of fish. On the mulloway front, best reports have come from the areas upstream, with large soft plastics in a variety of colours proving successful. Once the upcoming high tides occur just after dark, presenting a live mullet around the break walls could be well worth your time.

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

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