Report 23/4/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 23/4/15

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In the estuary, the lower reaches have really come to life with masses of mullet assembling ready to head to sea. Anzac Day is traditionally renowned as when the mullet begin to run, but this of course varies each year depending upon conditions. You can bet this annual occurrence won’t be missed by the predators, with mulloway action certainly on the cards over the coming weeks. No prizes for guessing what the gun bait will be. Also in the estuaries, bream and tarwhine have been reasonable around the break walls, and should only improve from this point onwards. Blackfish action to has been promising, with a few bag limit catches already achieved. To date, cabbage has been the bait of choice, although those using the artificial weed have also enjoyed success. Flathead numbers have been reasonable in the Hasting, with around Settlement Point and the Hibbard area faring best, whilst Lake Cathie is still the place to be if you’re keen on chasing a feed of tasty whiting. On the crabbing front, by all reports the muddies are most active throughout the upper reaches, whilst the sand flats and weed beds around Pelican Island are still holding some nice sized blue swimmers.

On the beaches, the big swell earlier in the week will most likely reshape most stretches of sand to some degree. This can be a mixed blessing, with some nice fish holding formations no doubt flattened, yet the beginnings of fresh formations will also be created. You just might have to be prepared to look around a bit over the next week or so. Before the swell come up, Lighthouse and North Beach both held bream and school mulloway, whilst around Lake Cathie whiting were common on the shallow spits whilst the deeper gutters held a few nice tailor.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality are quite solid although by and large, the better action has been from north of Port. Bream numbers locally are on the improve and should be well worth targeting over the coming week or so. Blackfish and drummer numbers are both on the improve, with early season results on the latter most encouraging, especially given the water is still quite warm. On the land based game scene, a few longtail tuna are still being encountered from Point Perpendicular and Bonny Hills, and should remain a viable target for some weeks yet. There are also still plenty of bonito about for those who want some great bait or light line sport.

Offshore fishing before conditions deteriorated had been a little up and down. Snapper action, and for that matter general bottom fishing, varied from reasonable one day to poor the next. The same on the pelagic front, with spasmodic mackerel action in close. Wider out, at least there have been good numbers of mahi mahi about, although you will need to sort through the masses of juveniles in search of the better models. At least the forecast for this weekend has improved considerably, so let’s hope this indeed eventuates so at least boaties can get out before our main ramp is once again commandeered for around a week for other purposes.

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

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Re: Report 23/4/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:56 pm

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