Report 26/2/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 26/2/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:05 pm

Bream numbers have also risen considerably, particularly from both break walls during daylight hours. Whilst there have been some solid models to around a kilo, there are plenty of throwbacks among the better fish. Flathead too have remained solid and should remain active all throughout the lower reaches for several weeks yet. Lake Cathie is also fishing exceptionally well for lizards which is great to see, however it is a little disappointing to hear of a minority of anglers who seem intent on removing all the breeding size fish from the system just because they can.

Also in the estuary, a few decent blackfish have started to actively feed in the lower reaches of the Hastings, with both green weed and cabbage proving successful. On the crabbing front, muddies remain on fire in the upper reaches, whilst the lakes in Camden Haven area have seen the blue swimmers as good as they have been for years.

Off the beaches, now the sea have settled completely after last weekends brief disturbance, the good angling seen over recent weeks should continue. North Beach will be worth a look for both bream and whiting, whilst Lighthouse will be you best bet if chasing tailor. Both should be worth visiting for mulloway, particularly in a few days time when the high tide occurs closer to, or after sunset. As usual, live worms for school sized fish and tailor for the better class will be the morsels of choice.

Off the rocks, little to report apart from a few bream and blackfish which is to be expected given the conditions. Once the bit of discoloured water clears from the front of Port, no doubt the tailor will be back on the chew. On the land based game scene, those heading north to Hat Head continue to encounter a few spanish mackerel, however apart from a few isolated encounters, the bulk of the long tail tuna have yet to arrive. Although having said that, the bait is already here so its basically only a matter of time now until both the fish, and their ultra enthusiastic chasers, begin to inundate the favoured local ledges.

Offshore, nothing to report from last weekend which is to be expected given the poor conditions. Now the seas have settled, no doubt chasing mackerel in Barries Bay will be a priority for some, with both spanish and spotties being available in varying quantities. Wider out mahi mahi remain around the FAD, whilst marlin remain viable targets for those who don’t mind a bit of trolling. Bottom fishing will of course be dependant upon the current, however snapper, sampson fish and of course flathead have all been around in reasonable numbers.

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

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