Report 5/2/15

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Report 5/2/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:34 pm

In the estuaries, the Hastings is only now beginning to clear after last weeks heavy rain, whilst Lake Cathie has risen to a height of approx 1.23m. Although the level of the lake has risen significantly, it is still well below the 1.6 meter level required to trigger manual opening. This hasn’t stopped a few locals however, who have been progressively digging their own trench over the past week in an attempt to open the system.

Whilst perhaps this has been undertaken with the best of intentions, the reality is their actions are not only dangerous, but if successful, would not prove beneficial in the long run. As most observers and Lake Cathie locals understand, the higher the water level when the lake is opened, the better the ensuing entrance and longer the system is likely to stay open. A premature opening at the current level would likely see the system close again to the sea in the short term, thus beginning another extended closure period. Although the system may not be pleasing to the eye in its current state courtesy of the tannin stain, the health of the waterway is excellent and the fishing at the moment terrific. Flathead are being taken in big numbers east of the bridge during the day on both lures and whitebait, some cracker whiting are on offer after dark, and the crabbing has been terrific. How the prawns will go next week remains to be seen. At the end of the day, people just need to accept Lake Cathie for what it is, i.e. A small coastal inlet providing an abundance of aquatic resources and one which will periodically open and close depending upon nature. I guess if you’re not happy to live in a town that offers this, there are plenty of places you could always move to.

Back to the Hasting estuary, during the past week bream and mulloway have been your best bets as is usually the case after a fresh. North Wall was certainly been the place to be on the mulloway front, with plenty of school sized fish and the odd model in excess of 20 kilos. Both hard bodies and soft plastic lures were successful. Best of the bream action was achieved on the coal wall, with mullet fillets working well. As the system begins to clear, look for the summer staples of whiting and flathead to be well worth chasing, particularly from the lower reaches this side of Settlement Point.

Off the beaches, little to report given the conditions apart from a few mulloway around Middle Rock, and some nice bream from both Town beach and Shelley’s. Off the rocks, a couple of tailor have begun to reappear in line with improved water clarity, and no doubt the land based game enthusiasts will be inundating Hat Head and Point Perpendicular from now on given both this factor, together with the favourable water temperatures now close to the shoreline.

Offshore, conditions have been a little on the ordinary side over the past week courtesy of the constant southerlies. On the positive side however, the water has begun to clear noticeably, and the southerly winds has seen the warm currents come right in. As such, I expect Barries Bay will be well patronised with a few mackerel now in the area and the reports from further north most encouraging. Also on the pelagic front, there are plenty of small black marlin on offer along with some terrific mahi mahi. For bottom fishing enthusiasts, trag rock will be worth a look for kingfish, whilst the closer reefs off Plomer and Lighthouse should be holding a few nice snapper. If the current really gets a head of steam up, the close in reefs south of the light should be worth prospecting for snapper particularly, either using lures, or anchoring and burlying.

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

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Re: Report 5/2/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:35 pm

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