Report 26/3/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 26/3/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:07 pm

In the estuary, the big news here is of course in respect to Lake Cathie, with the water level rising to around 1.8 metres, well above the 1.6 metre level which triggers manual opening. By the time you read this, the lake should have been opened which will no doubt please Lake Cathie residents and anglers alike. As is usually the case with the lake after opening, it will take around a week or so for the system to fully drain and begin to clear up. No doubt anglers will be out in force given this, with the whiting most likely to fire right up, whilst bream, flathead and blackfish will also be viable targets. On the flathead front it will be interesting to see how they respond to the system opening, as the results over the last couple of months have been simply terrific. What will happen on the prawning scene is anyone’s guess.

In the Hastings, blackfish have begun to pick up with the south wall worth visiting, with both cabbage and artificial weed both doing well. A few nice bream are also on offer, particularly for those fishing the walls after dark. Whilst the fresh received was only minimal, last weekend and early in the week saw a brief flurry of mulloway activity, with a few nice fish to around 17 kilos landed on both lures and live baits. With increased numbers of mullet now assembling in the lower reaches, targeting the larger grade of mulloway will be high on the agenda for mulloway enthusiasts over the next month or so, particularly if more significant rainfall is received. Elsewhere in the Hastings, flathead numbers remain consistent in most parts of the lower reaches, with whitebait achieving terrific results. On the crabbing front, the upper reaches remain alive with plenty of muddies on offer, whilst the sand flats and weed beds around Pelican Island are still holding some terrific blue swimmers.

On the beaches, there are some nice bream around, with both North beach and Lighthouse producing well during early morning sessions. After dark, mulloway numbers remain solid albeit mainly school sized fish. Those chasing the larger fish report more shark encounters than mulloway, which is often the case at this time of year, and especially when the moon is dark. For tailor enthusiasts, numbers are terrific and will most likely remain so given the amount of bait fish in the surf at present.

Off the rocks, tailor and bonito have both been common, again with the numbers of baitfish the catalyst for their solid presence. Land based game enthusiasts have also been enjoying the height of the season, with Point Perpendicular giving up good numbers of longtail tuna, whilst Hat Head has seen some terrific mackerel and cobia. Also off the rocks, bream and blackfish have been solid, with those chasing the latter on cabbage also encountering a few drummer, albeit not always successfully.

Offshore reports have again been dominated by the mackerel action both in Barries Bay and of course the waters north, with good numbers of school sized spanish and spotties on offer. Slow trolled livies are again the method of choice, although results have varied from day to day in line with the ever changing water colour and temperature. Hopefully with good conditions forecast for this weekend, a few more boats will get out and hit the both the reefs in search of a nice feed, or the wider grounds chasing either mahi mahi or marlin, both of which are still around in good numbers.

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

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Re: Report 26/3/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:09 pm

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