Report 13/2/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 13/2/15

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In the estuary, now the river has begun to clear, fishing has been terrific on a number of species. Flathead are active in most parts of the Hastings, with the stretch between the Dennis Bridge and Settlement Point providing good results on both lures and whitebait. Around the break walls, bream have been consistent along with some terrific tarwhine well over 30cm. North Wall has also continued to yield school mulloway, with lures and whole squid both working well. At Lake Cathie, flathead numbers remain terrific although the action has begun to disburse back up the system after stabilisation of the water level. Those throwing whitebait down in the lake have also been scoring some terrific flounder, with many well and truly legal which is a little unusual, but certainly most welcome from a culinary perspective. A few nice whiting as well after dark on worms, but just make sure you have plenty of insect repellent as the squadrons of mossies and sand flies are ravenous at present.

On the crustacean front, whilst the blue swimmers have slowed a little, mud crabs remain most active up river with the recent fresh not slowing their activity at all. It has been a long time since anyone can recall such an extended period of terrific crabbing as seen over the last year or so. Prawning however, may be somewhat of a different story with early indications this dark most discouraging. Unless they show up over the next few days, I’m afraid its looks like this season may be over far earlier than we would have liked.

Of the beaches, some terrific formations have begun redevelop given the favourable seas over the past week. Hopefully the fish will find them as favourable as the anglers. North Beach has been fishing quite well for both bream and whiting, with pipis and live worms working well. Lighthouse has also been giving up a few of both these species, primarily from the northern end. On the mulloway front, the recent good tides saw a sprinkling of school sized fish from both beaches. Hopefully with a few more tailor starting to show up, some better models wont be too far away.

Off the rocks, reasonable numbers of bream have been taken, with both Point Plommer and Lighthouse fishing quite well, particularly at first light or after dark. Pick of the baits have been either mullet or tailor strips. Tailor numbers have been solid, with all local headlands now worth a look given the improved water clarity. Also on the chew have been a few solid blackfish, with Point Perpendicular and Miners locally giving up a few bronzies. No real reports on long tail tuna as yet, however we have heard of a couple of spanish mackerel taken at both Hat Head and Plomer.

Offshore, conditions have been terrific for over a week now which is most unusual. As such, plenty have headed east of the bar for mixed results. Snapper numbers have been reasonable, with the reefs in around the 40 meter mark off Shelley’s quite productive. Those venturing north to trag rock have been scoring a few reasonable kingfish, whilst the FAD has been holding plenty of mahi mahi on most days. Those chasing mackerel in Barries Bay report mixed results, with a few fish on offer most days, but a bit of patience required. Slow trolled livies seems to be the method choice.

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

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Re: Report 13/2/15

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